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NL Notes: Kershaw, Candelario, Slater, Alvarez

The Dodgers have determined to push the following begin of veteran ace Clayton Kershaw to Friday, as famous by Invoice Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Kershaw was initially slated to begin tomorrow’s recreation towards the Padres. Supervisor Dave Roberts advised reporters that the choice to maneuver Kershaw’s begin wasn’t prompted by a bodily problem, saying that the principle aim in pushing his begin again is lining up the rotation for the postseason.

As Plunkett notes, nevertheless, Kershaw’s workload has been rigorously monitored by the Dodgers ever since he returned from a six-week sojourn on the injured checklist because of shoulder points. Kershaw has not pitched past the fifth inning since returning and has eclipsed 80 pitches in a begin simply as soon as. Plunkett additionally spoke with pitching coach Mark Prior concerning Kershaw’s dip in velocity since returning, with Prior calling the drop under 90 mph on Kershaw’s fastball “stunning,” although he added that Kershaw maintains that his shoulder feels wonderful.

If there’s any considerations concerning Kershaw’s skill to begin playoff video games deep into the postseason, it actually is smart for the Dodgers to handle his workload rigorously down the stretch. The membership has a large 13 recreation lead within the NL West, primarily guaranteeing them a division title, whereas the Playoff Odds at Fangraphs give LA a whopping 99.8% probability to clinch a bye within the Wild Card spherical, permitting them to maneuver instantly into the NLDS. With common season video games quickly waning in significance for the Dodgers and a rotation that includes Kershaw, Lance Lynn (6.09 ERA in 28 begins) and a trio of rookies led by Bobby Miller (3.98 ERA in 18 begins), it’s a no brainer for the Dodgers to take as few dangers with their 35-year-old ace’s arm as doable.

Extra from the Nationwide League…

  • Cubs infielder Jeimer Candelario exited in the present day’s recreation towards the Diamondbacks because of again tightness, as supervisor David Ross advised reporters (together with Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune) this night, and might be re-evaluated tomorrow. Candelario has had a giant rebound season since being non-tendered by the Tigers final winter, because the switch-hitter has slashed .254/.339/.475 in 553 journeys to the plate break up between the Nationals and Cubs this season. He’s cooled off a bit lately, slashing simply .161/.257/.356 in his final 101 journeys to the plate, however that month lengthy chilly stretch doesn’t change the truth that Candelario is a key piece of Chicago’s lineup alongside the likes of Cody Bellinger and Seiya Suzuki as they give the impression of being to return to the playoffs in a full season for the primary time since 2018. Ought to Candelario miss time with the harm, the membership figures to depend on Nick Madrigal and Patrick Knowledge at third base.
  • Giants outfielder Austin Slater has been out of the lineup in current days because of sickness, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle noting that the 30 yr outdated visited a specialist lately and obtained vertigo drugs, which has helped to alleviate the dizziness and stability points he had been scuffling with. It’s been a little bit of a down yr for Slater, as he’s hit simply .248/.328/.379 as he’s shifted to extra of a component time function with San Francisco. Luis Matos has acted because the membership’s main middle fielder in Slater’s absence.
  • Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez left in the present day’s recreation towards the Twins within the seventh inning after being struck within the hand by a pitch in the course of the fifth inning. Fortuantely, Mike Puma of the New York Put up famous that Alvarez underwent x-rays on his hand that got here again detrimental, indicating the 21-year-old rookie averted a severe harm. Alvarez took over because the membership’s main catcher following an early-season harm to veteran backstop Omar Narvaez and has carried out solidly within the function, hitting .212/.288/.434 in 107 video games. That stat line is nice for a wRC+ of 98, forward of high quality regulars behind the plate like Alejandro Kirk, Yan Gomes, and Tyler Stephenson.



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