Dodgers' rookie Cody Bellinger becomes fastest to 21 HR-mark

The foundation is crumbling fast now. He made 112 pitches, the second-most in his 15 starts this season.

Most expected deGrom to come back to earth on Sunday against Washington's scary offense, but he did the exact opposite. deGrom threw eight innings, had no earned runs and struck out six in New York's 5-1 win over Washington. He has five multihomer games, tying Mike Piazza for the Dodgers' rookie record.

A pitching staff built to be dominant has been dismal this season.

Do they sell now, and rebuild for the future, or try to go "all in" and take a chance of making a run. McCarthy, on the other hand, has held opposing teams to two runs or fewer in each of his last five outings.

The New York Mets will stick with their current six-man starting rotation despite the fact that both Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard will remain sidelined for an extended period of time due to significant injuries. It was out of character for the right-hander, who had actually been pretty good in recent weeks - the seven runs allowed were as many as he'd given up in his previous six appearances combined.

Because of Wheeler's struggles, the Mets were down 7-0 after two innings.

It was the first time the three-time Cy Young Award victor and 2014 NL MVP surrendered four homers in a game in his storied career and just the 13th time he's allowed six or more runs in a single outing.

Three batters later, Seager struck again with a three-run blast to give the Dodgers a 10-0 lead. His home runs were expected to regress in 2017 and they have, as he has hit 11 in 150 at-bats compared to 20 in 201 at-bats in 2016.

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) celebrates his two-run home run off Chicago White Sox starter James Shields during sixth inning American League baseball action in Toronto, Sunday, June 18, 2017. That was nearly a replay of Monday night, when Zack Wheeler gave up four in the first.

"Guy was at second base, so I was just trying to get an RBI". He gave up a second home run, solo this time, to Seager in the fourth.

Grandal added a solo shot in the fifth for a 6-0 lead.

That didn't stop the bleeding.

Yet for all of this greatness, Kershaw has shown a sliver of a weakness this season: His home run rate is almost double of any past season of his career.

Even without a three-homer game (which feels like it's just a matter of time, honestly), Bellinger is doing some incredible stuff.

Rookie Cody Bellinger homered twice and drove in four runs.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager watches his third home run of the night, during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Los Angeles. Steven Matz and Seth Lugo have appeared solid in two starts apiece since returning from the disabled list and Robert Gsellman's season has been a roller coaster.

The 21-year-old Bellinger went yard in each of the first two innings off of Zack Wheeler, and I'm a big fan of his swing, at least aesthetically. He dropped his ERA to 2.87.

  • Julie Sanders