Just as I expected and feared the Dodgers dropped the last two consecutive games to the Giants, dropping to five games behind and leaving town worse than when they came in. At this point I feel no need to try and be “positive” or blow smoke up anyone’s butt. This is just not a good club. The Dodgers are not competitive and won’t be reaching the postseason this year. If you think the reinforcements (McCarthy, Ryu, Puig etc) will somehow magically save them from their sustained mediocrity, then I am very sorry but you are just mistaken. I applaud you for your positivity and hope. There is nothing wrong with keeping hope alive and trying to be positive, as long as it doesn’t interfere with reality. The reality is that the Dodgers are simply not a good team as constructed. I’m not saying they are terrible either. They certainly are not. They are just mediocre, and not in the same league as the better clubs in the National League including the Giants.
As I’ve said before, the front office has to take a lot of the blame for this. It’s not really about moneyball or data, or analytics. The front office is just run by two very incompetent and inexperienced executives who know very little about baseball. They would make great accountants of course. It’s no surprise that non-baseball people have very flawed philosophies about how to build a competitive baseball team. Again if you love average results, shady incompetent executives, an inferior product on the field and cost cutting small market mentalities than please be my guest and continue to enjoy. Nobody will think any less of you if you do. I can no longer continue to make believe like the Dodgers are still in the race and have a chance at making the playoffs. I can’t and would never lie to any of you. I believe that would be a disservice.
Dodgers Lineup @ Arizona
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Game Time – 6:40 PM – TV- SNLA
Again, I never said the Dodgers were horrible. They’re not that bad. 80-84 wins seems reasonable. It’s just not enough to get them into the playoffs this season. In case you were wondering, the Dodgers would have to go 57-41 the rest of the way in order to win 90 games. Do any of you really believe this club has the talent to finish 16 games above .500 the rest of the season? It is so unlikely that I would never rely on it. It’s not impossible, but won’t happen unless major changes are made to the roster. Enjoy the rest of the season as much as you can. Enjoy Vin Scully’s final games behind the microphone. Enjoy Clayton Kershaw’s magnificent season and Corey Seager’s excellence. Just don’t expect the Dodgers to reach the postseason this year. Keep those expectations low and it will probably save you a lot of heartache. This is a lost season.
Moving on, the Dodgers travel to Arizona to play a three game series against a team that is even more disappointing then them. The opening game will mark the first time the Dodgers will face former ace Zack Greinke. The Dodgers will give the ball to Mike Bolsinger to counter.
Many of you still believe that not signing Greinke was the right move. At first it seemed that way because Greinke got off to a terrible start. He has since turned his season around and is pitching a lot better. There was no way that Greinke was going to keep pitching as poorly as he was. He’s too good of a pitcher.
Bolsinger has been pretty unimpressive this season. He is 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA in 4 starts. He has yet to pitch past the sixth inning this season and got bombed by the Rockies in his last start. Bolsinger is 0-2 with a 4.84 ERA away from Dodger Stadium. He’s pitched well against his former club. Bolsinger is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA in 3 starts against the Dbacks. In 6 career appearances and 5 starts he is 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA at Chase Field. The current Dbacks are 14 for 40 (.350) against Bolsinger.
Bolsinger vs. Dbacks
Zack Greinke has won five consecutive decisions and has lowered his ERA down to 3.84, which is closer to his career average. Greinke has thrown consecutive shutouts in his last two starts. He tossed a complete game three-hit shutout against the Rays in his last start. Overall Greinke is 8-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 13 starts. He’s struck out 73 and walked 16 while posting a 3.33 FIP. Greinke has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and struck out 7.6 per nine. Greinke is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 4 career starts against the Dodgers. The current Dodgers are 10 for 42 (.238) with a .677 OPS against Greinke.
Greinke vs. Dodgers
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The Dbacks are having a terrible season. They’re the one club that can make the Dodgers look good. The snakes are in fourth place with a 28-37 record. They’ve been bad at home as well, with a 12-23 record at Chase Field. They are 10.5 games behind the Giants entering today’s game.
The Dodgers have always hit well at Chase Field, so maybe they can finally get their bats going in this series. Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .337 (90 for 267) with 21 home runs and 64 runs driven in at Chase Field.
Hopefully the Dodgers can take advantage of what is clearly a worse club than them. For all of the Dodgers problems and disappointments it can always be worse. The Dbacks are a good example of it being worse. Again as I said above just keep your expectations low. That way you never get disappointed if they lose and will be pleasantly surprised if they win.