The Dodgers hung on to win a wild game last night but in the process, they lost Kenley Jansen for approximately the next month due to an irregular heartbeat.
The Dodgers found a way to close out the Rockies last night without Kenley Jansen and they will need to find a way to do the same for the next month as Kenley Jansen has flown back to LA after another occurrence of an irregular heartbeat.
Jansen experienced the same issue in 2012 while in Colorado and he had to undergo a heart procedure. Jansen was expected to return after the Rockies’ series and we certainly wish him the best. Last night Scott Alexander was tasked with closing out the Rockies and answered the bell giving the Dodgers a series-opening win.
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- Julio Urias will pitch two innings tonight for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Although Urias is being worked up to be able to pitch multiple innings, he is expected to be a multi-inning reliever for the Dodgers this season. Urias reportedly hit 93 miles per hour in his last game for the AZL Dodgers so that would definitely be something if he could return to the Dodgers throwing in the mid 90’s.
- Speaking of a multi-inning reliever, Caleb Ferguson pitched 1 2/3 innings last night and picked up his third win of the season. Ferguson has been pitching well lately and has earned the right to pitch in high-pressure situations. With Jansen out for the next month, the Dodgers will need to rely on more than Floro and Alexander this series and Ferguson could be called upon more frequently.
- Cody Bellinger appears to have broken out of his offensive woes as he hit a game-tying two-run homer last night that helped propel the Dodgers back to eventually win the game. Bellinger now has 19 home runs this season and is hitting over .350 in the past week with three home runs.
- Matt Kemp and Max Muncy showed encouraging signs of life at the plate last night as Matt Kemp drove a hard hit double to centerfield and Max Muncy hit a line drive home run to snap his slump. If the Dodgers powerful duo is going to wake up now would be the time as it doesn’t get any better for a hitter than a four-game series at Coors Field.