The Dodgers suffered another embarrassing loss in a series opener on Monday night 3-2 to the lowly Mattingly Marlins. This might be more pathetic than losing to the Braves. There is nothing worse than making Don Mattingly happy. I can’t stand these awful all righty lineups that Andrew Friedman is coercing Dave Roberts into putting out with left handers on the mound. He did the same thing when Mattingly was still at the helm. Those lineups have moneyball stink all over them.
The Dodgers could only muster two runs on seven hits last night. Wei-Yin Chen and some rookies were able to hold the Dodgers to two solo home runs from Yasiel Puig, and Trayce Thompson. That might be the last we see of Trayce Thompson’s playing time, since Carl Crawford is due to be activated. Crawford was supposed to be activated during the Colorado series but his plane was delayed. Then the Dodgers needed to carry an extra reliever when coming home because the bullpen was exhausted after a typical Coors Field series. Crawford was 4 for 11 during his rehab assignment at Oklahoma City. Of course there needs to be a roster move to clear room for him. I would expect Adam Liberatore to be optioned again to clear space for Crawford.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Fish
Game time – 7:10 PM- TV – SNLA
Update- *Turns out it’s Zach Lee getting the axe to clear room for Crawford*
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 26, 2016
Tonight’s pitching match-up will see Tom “throws everything but the kitchen sink” Koehler countering Clayton Kershaw. Koehler has been with the Marlins for several years and the Dodgers have seen him a lot over the years. Last season Koehler was 11-14 with a 4.08 ERA in 31 starts. This season he has posted a 1-2 record with a 4.80 ERA in three starts. He’s a pitch to contact type of guy since he has only struck out 12 in 15 innings. Koehler has been remarkably average since his MLB debut in 2012. Since then he has posted ERAs of 4.41 in 2013, 3.81 in 2014, and 4.08 in 2015. His FIPs are as follows; 4.27 in 2013, 3.84 in 2014, and 4.53 in 2015. Koehler is 29-years old and originally hails from the Bronx. The Fish drafted him in the 18 round of the 2008 amateur draft.
For some reason he always pitches like a Cy Young winner against the Dodgers. The boys in blue just can’t figure him out. He is 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers. He’s made three starts at Dodger Stadium, and is 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA. The current Dodgers are batting .324 (22 for 68) against him with a .924 OPS against. Chase Utley, and Justin Turner have done most of the work. Utley is batting .400 (6 for 15) with a home run. Turner is hitting .556 (5 for 9) with a double and a home run.
Koehler vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw. The Ace lefty is looking for his third win of the season. Through his first four starts, Kershaw is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings of work. He’s struck out 30, walked only 3, and allowed just five earned runs. Yet some people are still asking what’s wrong with Kershaw? He’s so good that unless he’s pitching no-hitters every time out people believe something’s wrong with him.
Kershaw had quite an adventure in his last start against the Braves. He allowed one earned run on ten hits over eight frames, struck out ten, got thrown out at the plate, and threw an eephus pitch. He didn’t get a decision, but I’m sure had a lot of fun in the process. Kershaw has always pitched great against the Fish. Kershaw has been quite the fisherman over the years for the Dodgers. Against the Marlins he has posted a 5-2 record, and a 1.91 ERA in eight starts. The current Fish are batting .269 (21 for 78) against Kershaw with a .676 OPS against. Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .267 (4 for 15) with two doubles and a home run versus Kershaw.
Fish vs. Kershaw
There are more old friends than originally was mentioned. Besides Mattingly, there are several former Dodgers on the Marlin’s coaching staff. Tim Wallach and Lorenzo Bundy both followed Mattingly to Miami. Wallach is a bench coach again and Bundy is the base running/outfield coach. Former Dodger player Lenny Harris is the third base coach. Harris played with the Dodgers from 1989-1993. Oh and Barry Bonds is the hitting coach, so make sure to boo him whenever possible.
Today is national pretzel day and Kike, Joc, and Turner prepared for Tuesday night’s game by putting in some hours behind the cash register at Wetzels Pretzels.
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) April 26, 2016
The last thing we want to see is Don Mattingly happy. That’s a sickening thought. So please Dodgers, stop losing to the crappy Marlins. If I see Don Mattingly smiling again I might break some furniture.