Paul Maholm had an ugly afternoon against the White Sox, surrendering a first-pitch grand slam to Alex Rios in the third inning, then exiting with an arm injury in the fourth inning after putting the first two batters he faced on base. David O’Brien points out that Maholm pointed to his lower left arm before leaving the field with a trainer with what the Braves official Twitter says is a sprained left wrist. David Carpenter replaced him and allowed both inherited runners to score along with two more of his own, putting the White Sox up 9-4.
Charged with seven runs over three innings, Maholm’s ERA jumped up to 4.41. He had started the season quite well, carrying a 3.38 ERA through his first ten starts. In his most recent ten, however, his ERA is 5.53 counting today. With Brandon Beachy nearing a return, Maholm’s rotation spot may be in jeopardy.
Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.
Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.
Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.