Monday, August 19, 2013
Dodgers have no answers for Fernandez
By ESPN Stats & Information
Steve Mitchell/Getty ImagesTwo rookie of the year candidates were going in different directions on Monday in Miami.
With his win over the Dodgers on Monday, Jose Fernandez is 6-0 in his past eight home starts.
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is having a great rookie season, but he's been streaky most recently.
After hitting .383 from Aug. 1-14, Puig is hitless in his past 11 at-bats and 2-for-17 in his past four games.
And, on Monday, Puig and the Dodgers ran into Miami Marlins' rookie Jose Fernandez, who might be Puig's stiffest competition for National League Rookie of the Year.
Fernandez pitched six innings and allowed one earned run, his seventh straight start allowing two earned runs or fewer. Since June 1, Fernandez has a major league-best 1.64 ERA and has allowed more than two runs once in 14 starts.
Fernandez improved to 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA at home this season, and the Marlins have now won each of his past eight starts at Marlins Park.
Fernandez was opposed by yet another NL Rookie of the Year candidate in Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lost for the first time since June 19. In fact, the Dodgers were 9-0 in in Ryu's previous nine starts.
Dodger bats have gone somewhat cold in the past two games on the heels of their record-setting 42-8 stretch. They have scored exactly two runs in each of their past two games -- the first time they've scored two runs or fewer in consecutive games since July 25-26. Los Angeles is also 1-12 with runners in scoring position in its past two games, including 0-8 on Monday.
The Dodgers have now lost back-to-back games for the first time in two months (June 20-21). Over that span, every other team in baseball has had a two-game losing streak, and 20 teams have had a losing streak of at least five games.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers will try to avoid losing their third in a row for the first time since June 10.