Los Angeles-The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff is becoming hazardous and dangerous to their opponents.
Pitching ace Zack Greinke shut down the mound on Saturday, leading the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rockies. Greinke pitched his first shutout in three seasons, giving the Dodgers a chance to improve their overall won-loss (48-46) record.
“I stayed good all the way through; I haven’t done that in a while,” Greinke said. “I felt good out there. It was a fun game.”
Greinke is slowly but shortly getting his swag back. He pitched a polished, elegant, sophisticated, supercilious game in front of 51,000 fans. Greinke only allowed two hits on his territory.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly can inhale a breath of fresh air now that he has two ace starting pitchers who are having quality results when they hit the mound. Clayton Kershaw has a solid 8-6 record with a 1.98 earned run average, proving that he is easily one of MLB’s best starting pitchers.
However, Greinke record is 8-2 with a 3.49 earned run average. He is still trying to establish his mark in the league this year. But his latest performances are showing he could be well on his way. Greinke pitched seven scoreless innings last week against Arizona.
“Our starting pitching has been top notch,” said Ellis. “That’s what we ask our starters to do, give us a chance to win the game, go deep, get the ball to the back end of our guys and give our offense enough time to score some runs.”
The Dodgers have the best of both worlds. If their offense hits a road bump, no worries, the pitching staff will step in and hold down the fork. Saturday’s game was a perfect example of how the pitchers will have hitters back.
The Dodgers only scored one run, but because of Greinke’s pitching performance they were able to escape a very close game. There’s not a sense of urgency on the offensive end. The Dodgers have hitters.
Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzales, Yasiel Puig, Andre Either, and Juan Uribe all have contributed to home-runs and runs scored in. All five players combined have 40 homeruns and are batting over .250. That’s not bad for the first half of the season. There’s still a lot of baseball to be played.
And it’s only going to get fatal when Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp get back healthy. Both players are a boast when they’re able to find their swing. But Crawford doesn’t feel comfortable with his at bat right now, so he’s willing to take the backseat.
“It’s just one of those things you never really know,” Crawford said. “I might have to take a step back sometimes. I still might have to get used to that.”
Kemp should be off the Disabled List after the All-Star break and Crawford could be available for Sunday’s game, after being benched due to stiffness in his back. Crawford had a MRI on Friday.
According to Mattingly the injury isn’t serious.
Despite of all the injuries this season, the Dodgers have found ways to win ball games and winning is all that matters. And with the Dodgers recent antics, they prove to be ready to rumble in the second half of the season. The future is looking mighty bright.