At this point I’m over it. The Dodgers are going to clinch the division at some point over the next 11 or games but that doesn’t mean they’re World Series ready and it doesn’t even mean they are postseason ready. Because right now they can’t beat the worst teams in baseball. Honestly they can’t beat anyone as they continue to play crappy uninspired baseball. And you guys know how much I detest crappy baseball. I abhor it and generally want nothing to do with it until it ends.
But who knows when or if this will end for the Dodgers and who knows if it will continue into the postseason and the 29-year fruitlessness will go into year 30? Or perhaps the Dodgers will be able to just turn it back on like a light-switch? One thing is for certain, the Dodgers simply must stop bringing in Pedro Baez in the late innings. The dude is done and I like many others can’t take any more of it.
Dodgers 2 9 0
Phillies 6 8 0
Tuesday evening saw another pathetic frustrating loss to the Phillies in Philadelphia. You can’t blame it on starter Yu Darvish. He wasn’t great but he pitched well enough to keep them in the game. Darvish tossed 5.1 innings allowing just one earned run on four hits and striking out seven, while notching 200 punch-outs on the season. He wasn’t involved in the decision because the Dodger offense and middle relief were terrible once again.
They did take an early lead when Yasmani Grandal slugged his 20th home run of the season in the top of the third. A Cody Bellinger single and a Curtis Granderson double gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third inning. That would be all they could muster against Aaron Nola. The Philadelphia hurler tossed seven strong frames allowing just two earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts over the feeble Dodger bats.
The Dodgers had a 2-0 lead until the sixth inning when the Phillies loaded the bases. Cesar Hernandez reached on a throwing error and Herrera and rookie start Rhys Hoskins both singled. Tony Watson was able to get out of the jam to preserve the lead. After giving up a piddly infield single to Nick Williams that was just bad luck, Aaron Altherr (who hit the game winning grand slam on Monday night) to ground into an inning ending double play. Take note Pedro Baez.
But of course Dave Roberts just couldn’t resist brining that bum into the game in the bottom of the seventh with the Dodgers clinging to a 2-1 lead. I think it’s just a sick obsession for Roberts to keep bringing in Baez. It’s like trying to look away from a car wreck. You want to, but it’s hard and you end up looking anyways.
The Phillies scored four runs off this bum, as the Dodgers lost 6-2. J.P. Crawford led off the inning with a triple. Baez then hit Jorge Alfaro with a pitch. But then he got Maikel Franco to pop out. He walked Hernandez to load the bases. Freddy Galvis flies out to right as Granderson makes a great sliding catch on the sinking flare. He fires back into the infield to prevent the runners from advancing. For a brief moment it appeared that Baez may get out of this. LOLZ! But seriously this is Pedro Baez here. And so…..he walks Odubel Herrera to force in the tying run. Then Hoskins doubles to clear the bases and it is 5-2 Philadelphia. Brock Stewart would give up a home run to you guessed it….Altherr in the bottom of the eighth just to piss everyone off even more.
The Dodger bats just slumbered off to forfeit. Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger (bunt single to beat the shift) all singled and not surprisingly the Dodgers scored zero runs in that frame. Thanks to Corey Seager’s rally killing double play.
So to recap this, the Dodgers were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners on base while scoring just two runs. The middle relievers allowed six runs in the final three innings of the game. Boy they are really gearing up for the postseason guys.
With that the magic number remains at 3 as the Dodgers fall to 96-55. However if Arizona loses in San Diego the magic number would drop to 2. The Dodgers will keep dragging this on, and they’ll keep losing. Then they’ll celebrate like they won the World Series. The Dodgers may be a 96-win club, but they are playing like a 96-loss club.
The pathetic month of September continues for the Dodgers as they look to punt away another game tomorrow. Alex Wood will take the mound for the Dodgers as right hander Jake Thompson looks to hold the Dodgers to their usual 4 hits. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PST assuming the Philadelphia weather cooperates. Today’s game was delayed about 15 minutes.
Keep throwing Pedro Baez out there Dodgers because one day he may just magically figure it out and morph into Hong-Chih Kuo or something. You never know……