Kazmir settled down well after allowing four runs in the first inning, and ultimately took advantage of counterpart Francisco Liriano's continued struggles to earn a win. The veteran hasn't taken a loss since May 9, and his 9.24 K/9 suggests his dip in strikeouts over the past two starts is likely a fluke. Look for him to keep the good times rolling in his return to the pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium against the Rockies on Saturday.
It appears the Mets have identified the cause of the discomfort for Matz's elbow, and it can't be fixed without having surgery, so it seems as though Matz will try to pitch through it. Matz is 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.19 WHIP this season, so his status is definitely worth monitoring over the next few days.
Liriano was handed a four-run lead in the first inning, but was once again done in by a lack of control as he and reliever Jared Hughes allowed the Dodgers to mount a comeback. The disgruntled lefty has now walked 29 batters in his last seven appearances, while failing to last more than six innings in any of those outings. It's tough to trust Liriano regardless of opposition right now, so expectations should be low if he makes his next scheduled start for the Pirates on Sunday in Oakland.
The Nationals were deciding between Voth and Lucas Giolito for Tuesday's start, and ended up picking the 21-year-old phenom, Giolito, to make his MLB debut. Voth will remain in Triple-A Syracuse for now where he is 4-3 with a 2.99 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
The Mets have stated that they are confident that there is no structural damage in Matz's elbow and that he will be evaluated again Tuesday, but it appears that they are likely to be conservative with him in order to avoid a more serious injury. More information regarding his status should be released after he meets with the doctors again Tuesday.
Giolito, who has a 3.17 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 14 starts at the Double-A level this season, will finally get the opportunity to make his MLB debut in a matchup with Matt Harvey and the Mets on Tuesday. The Nationals made Giolito the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft when he was just 17 years old, and since then he has continuously climbed the prospect ranks and currently sits as the third-best prospect in all of baseball. Manager Dusty Baker has stated that he is unsure how long Giolito will stay with the team, and that they will take it start-by-start, but the 21-year-old certainly has the talent to be a quality arm for the Nationals this season.
Cabrera has had a solid season out of the bullpen for Double-A Mississippi, going 3-3 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 9.49 K/9 while recording four saves. The 22-year-old has an electric fastball that can hit triple digits, giving him some serious potential to be an effective reliever for the Braves. Alexi Ogando was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move.
Manager Dave Roberts insisted that the ailment did not impact Kershaw during Sunday's loss to the Pirates, in which he was touched up for four runs on nine hits across six innings. Roberts went on to call it an "off-and-on-issue" and stated emphatically that Kershaw would "absolutely" be on the hill for his next start Friday against Colorado.
Alvarez has fanned 10 and walked three while allowing just two hits. The 20 year-old Cuban could progress quickly, but it seems unlikely he'll move fast enough to make his big league debut this year.
Velasquez will start Monday and face Robbie Ray and the Diamondbacks in Arizona. His return bumps Adam Morgan out of the rotation and into the bullpen.