Sunday, May 8, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022
After getting rained out Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs on one of the few sunny days in Chicago this spring.
Blake Treinen, who has been on the IL since the second week of the regular season, will not return anytime soon. His right shoulder has not responded to treatment the way both he and the Dodgers wanted. Treinen will undergo more testing to discover what is causing his discomfort in the shoulder. Before the regular season began and the Dodgers traded for Craig Kimbrel, Treinen was slated to be the Dodger closer, and now, the Dodgers are glad that they obtained a more experienced closer.
Although Clayton Kershaw did not have his strikeout pitch working, he dominated the Cubs for seven innings. So far this season, coming off an injury-plagued season, Kershaw leads the Major Leagues in WHIP. He used all his pitches to keep the young Cubs off balance.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Freddie Freeman had three doubles. Since Freeman came to the Dodgers, he has made a huge contribution to the Dodger offense. His willingness and ability to hit to the opposite field have helped his new team dominate their opponent while Max Muncy and Justin Turner have toiled offensively.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Tyler Anderson pitched five innings and allowed two runs. When the Dodgers signed Anderson, most Dodger fans undervalued the acquisition. He does not light up the radar gun. He is a crafty lefty who understands his ability. With Andrew Heaney on the IL, Anderson has been a Godsend since he can give the Dodgers quality innings.
Mookie Betts drove in five runs on a bases-loaded double and a two-run homer. Betts slumped for the first three weeks of the regular season, and many Dodger fans panicked since Betts has a long-term contract. He has been one of the hottest Major Leagues in the last ten games, batting over .400 and showcasing his power.
Sunday, May 8, 2022