The Dodger’s early season suckfest forges on with seemingly no end in sight. So far the Dodgers have been mired in April mediocrity and none of us know when or if they will pull themselves out of it. It’s safe to say that the Dodgers have sucked at many different facets of the game on both sides of the ball. The bats have been pathetic, the pitching mediocre and the defense shoddy. The base running is mostly non-existent and third base has been an abyss since Justin Turner went down with the fractured wrist in spring training.
Simply put things aren’t going well for the Dodgers who are 11-12 after their first 23 games of the 2018 season. We figured there would be some regression after the Dodgers won 104 games last year, but I don’t think anybody including yours truly could have predicted that they would be this bad. Please note that the club started off slowly last year too and still finished with 104 wins. But when you can’t hit Miami Marlins pitching, than you know that you’re pretty abysmal.
What’s even more annoying has been the slow start from Clayton Kershaw. The Dodger’s ace has had a bit of a rough start to the year. The Dodgers don’t score any runs for him and his velocity has dipped. Some people believe that at age 30 he’s starting his decline. I’m not sure, but Kershaw came into Wednesday’s start against the Fish with 35 strikeouts and just 3 walks in 33 innings. During his five starts before Wednesday’s 8-6 loss he had allowed five home runs. Kershaw tied his career high with six walks against the Fish on Wednesday. However the Dodgers have scored just four runs in his six starts. No wonder he’s lost four out of five decisions.
Do you remember Miguel Rojas? He was the all glove no bat infielder that saved Kershaw’s no-hitter in 2014 against Colorado. Rojas was playing third base that night and made a great backhanded stop on a sharp ground ball down the line. His long throw across the diamond was just in time to record the out. Kershaw ended up earning the no-hitter, his first and only of his illustrious career.
It’s important to note that Rojas is a horrible hitter. He batted .181 in 2014 with the Dodgers and has posted OPS+ marks of 94 in 2015, 69 in 2016, and 101 in 2017. He’s a career .254 hitter with a .643 OPS and six career major league home runs in 935 plate appearances. Yet despite his career futility with the bat, he was still able to knock this three-run home run against Kershaw in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s series finale loss to the fish.
Rojas goes from saving Kershaw, to sinking him deeper into losing. Things have certainly changed haven’t they? The Dodgers continue to flounder and Clayton Kershaw is serving up home runs to Miguel Rojas. Welcome to the 2018 season, the year of suck.