The Dodgers have won seven straight games, and can do no wrong.
Who knows. One of these days, Hyun-Jin Ryu might even pitch.
Puig tried to play through his strained left hamstring in the Dodgers’ 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He showed up at the ballpark this morning feeling “soreness,” according to manager Don Mattingly.
If Puig does not play today, it will be the fourth game of the last five that he’s missed. The Dodgers have the added advantage of two off-days this week — one this past Thursday, another tomorrow. In hindsight, why didn’t the Dodgers simply send Puig to the 15-day disabled list and call up an outfielder to strengthen their bench?
“We don’t feel like there’s any injury,” Mattingly said. “The DL was part of the conversation earlier. If they (the Dodgers’ medical staff) say ‘DL’ I’m fine. Andre’s playing well. If medical says we should DL (Puig) we’ll DL him. We have guys in Triple-A who are swinging the bats.”
The Dodgers and Colorado Rockies are tied for first place following the Dodgers’ 7-3 win, their fifth straight. The Dodgers won’t always be this hot, but they can always draw on some lessons from this winning streak.
I couldn’t squeeze all of Clayton Kershaw‘s postgame remarks into the story. That’s a shame, because the fact that he did not win his first game until his third start is significant for a pitcher who’s won three of the last four National League Cy Young Awards. Here’s what he said: