Stark reality came crashing down upon the Dodgers in their pathetically predictable 6-1 loss to the Rockies in Monday evening’s series opener. Mike Bolsinger was unsurprsingly below average allowing six earned runs and two home runs to Colorado through 5.1 innings. Bolsinger isn’t the greatest pitcher in the world. That much is widely known. Once an opposing order gets to see him a third time through, they light him up like a Christmas tree. It’s not Bolsinger that is the problem, it’s the fact that the Dodgers have to rely on him and a 19-year old rookie to bolster the back end of the rotation. The 235 million dollar Dodgers have absolutely nobody else to count on other than a rookie and a journeyman pitcher that was cast aside by the Dbacks. No disrespect to Julio Urias or Bolsinger, but this is the sorry state that the Dodger’s so called “organizational depth” is in. As I have said before, keep your expectations low this season. Don’t expect for Brandon McCarthy to ride in like superman and save the day.
The Dodgers have been playing much better overall though. They’re still in it, and have a good chance to make a move on the Giants. Unfortunately the game decisions, lineup creations and overall management have been subpar at best. The Dodgers continue to shuffle the lineup and defy logic by resting the few offensive threats they have. The truth is that the Dodgers essentially have 4 legitimate threats in their lineup and the rest of the club couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag. If those guys (Corey Seager, Trayce Thompson, Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley) don’t play every day then the Dodgers have zero chance of scoring or winning. Hence the reason the club scored one measly run on one hit last night. The only run was scored on a ground out.
The Dodgers desperately need some right handed power in their lineup. Nay they actually just need any kind of legitimate run producers. They have nobody in the minors that can help them right now. That means they are going to have to make a trade. Honestly, I would try and pry Jonathan Lucroy away from the Brewers. It’s going to take a couple of good prospects to get him. Maybe a Jharel Cotton, or a Chris Anderson would do it. Lucroy would be worth it. Even though he’s in his walk year, he’s still in his prime and could be a force in the middle of the Dodger’s order. The Brewers aren’t going anywhere this year, why not make a play for him? The Dodgers certainly have the resources.
The Dodgers just have to do better. Three games above .500 and 4 games out of first place isn’t enough for me. The club has been playing a little better of late, but they need to continue making improvements to the roster. Cutting Carl Crawford was a great start. They can’t play the Reds and Braves every day.
The Dodgers aren’t terrible, but they are certainly not a championship caliber club. They have time to turn themselves into one this season, but those reinforcements are going to have to come from outside the organization.
I don’t mean to sound like a downer or anything. I’ve said before, that the club will probably win around 88-90 games. There’s time to turn things around. However the club is nowhere near being a World Series contending team right now. There is no way they can stack up to the other great teams in the National league, or even stack up with the Giants. If hovering around .500 is your kind of baseball, and finishing in second or third place is fun to you, then please disregard everything I’ve written here. More power to you, and continue to enjoy. Other fans set the bar higher.
Help has to come from outside otherwise the Dodgers will continue to straddle the .500 mark. With a flaccid offense, 2.5 starting pitchers, unreliable middle relief, and a weak bench the Dodgers are unlikely to go anywhere this year. Unless 9 position players magically start to hit, and Julio Urias turns into Don Drysdale.
The season isn’t over yet I guess.