Dodgers: Lessons learned from a weekend series in NY
The starting pitching slump may be over
Coming into the weekend series, the Dodger offense did not have the biggest slump on the team. That would be the starting rotation, and most importantly, the big three of Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Walker Buehler in the rotation. Each of the big three came out of the series with a solid start.
Kershaw went six plus innings allowing two earned runs on four hits, including one home run. He did walk three batters but his “stuff” looked much sharper and he located his pitches better. Kersh even decided to mix in a few changeups which were a surprise. Ryu followed suit with a seven inning outing allowing just two hits and no earned runs. He matched Jacob deGrom pitch for pitch.
Walker Buehler went five innings allowing two earned runs and despite not having his strikeout stuff working, he battled the Mets. Walker struck out just one batter which was a surprise, but he did retire the last eleven batters he faced. Buehler was limited as expected since Dave Roberts wanted to get several Dodger relievers some work.