There were rumors that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gave some thought to making a change at closer earlier in the season. But, he elected to stay with Brandon League. League has been shaky at best this year barely escaping several tight situations to earn a save. On Monday night, League did not escape, he was downright horrible. League entered the game in the 9th inning with the Dodgers leading 4-1 lead. League blew his fourth save of the season on Monday, allowing four runs in two-thirds of an inning against Arizona. League's ERA is now at 6.00 and now Mattingly must make a change at closer. Look for Kenley Jansen to get the opportunity for saves in the near future.
Jordan Zimmermann shutout the Minnesota Twins on Sunday in Game 1 of a double header in Washington. Zimmerman gave up just two hits and had a season-high eight strikeouts in seven innings. In 13 starts this season, Zimmerman has collected 11 quality starts this year and is tied for the National League in wins with 9. We're about a month away from the All-Star Game in Citi Field in New York, and right now my vote would be for Zimmerman to be named the starting pitcher for the National League. Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright are certainly worthy of the honor as well, but Zimmerman tied Wainwright in wins (9) on Sunday and has a slightly lower ERA than Wainwright. Zimmerman will face Cleveland in his next start.