If the Dodgers play a home stand and never win a game, did it really happen? It’s been almost like a feverish nightmare. The Dodgers have played six games on this seven game home stand and have lost every game. This is their first six game losing streak since May of 2013. It’s gone beyond jokes or snark at this point. It’s now reached the point where it’s just sad and frustrating. The Dodgers are so bad they are almost unwatchable.
After the club lost again last night 5-2 to the Padres, they are now under .500. At 12-13. The last time the Dodgers were under .500 was back on April 11th of 2015 when they were 2-3. The problem the Dodgers are having is that they realize that they have to score runs in order to win baseball games. Huge problem since you know, they can’t. The Dodgers have now reached a level of suck that neither you nor I could possibly understand. That level of suck could very well spiral out of control into the nether regions of say 2005, or 2011, or even early 2013. As long as this season doesn’t turn into a 1992 then at least we can say “it can’t get any worse”.
Dodgers Lineup vs. San Diego
Puig RF Jay CF
Hernandez LF Myers 1B
Gonzalez 1B Kemp RF
Turner 3B Upton Jr. LF
Kendrick 2B Norris C
Thompson CF Ramirez SS
Seager SS Rosales 3B
Ellis C Weeks 2B
Kershaw P Pomeranz P
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Game Time- 1:10 PM – TV-SNLA
There’s been a new internet meme spreading across twitter like wild fire. You know how much I hate internet memes. Yasiel Puig recently tweeted at Ram’s number one draft pick, quarterback Jared Goff offering to take him out on the town and show him Los Angeles. He offered to bring him to a Dodger game and ended the tweet with a #Puigyourfriend hashtag. It’s unbelievably adorable and yet undeniably annoying because it’s spurred all of twitter to use these annoying #yourfriend hashtags. I have some hashtags of my own though.
Here’s some hashtags for the front office…..
And finally some generic hashtags for the Dodgers
Ok that’s enough for now. Today’s pitching match-up will see Clayton Kershaw countering youngster Drew Pomeranz. He’s the 27-year old left hander the Padres acquired in the Yonder Alonso trade. He originally came up with the Rockies, and after flaming out in Colorado was traded to the A’s. This season he has a 2-2 record and a 2.86 ERA in 22 innings pitched. He’s whiffed 31 and walked 12 while posting a 12.7 strikeout per nine rate.
Against the Dodgers he’s struggled. Pomeranz is 0-3 with a 5.49 ERA in four starts. In those games he allowed 23 hits over 19.2 innings pitched. At Dodger Stadium he is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts. The Dodgers have hit Pomeranz hard in the past but that was when he was with Colorado. Remember these are the CURRENT Dodgers, so you can almost bet your house that Pomeranz will hold them to 3 hits over 7 innings. Otherwise if the Dodgers actually use their bats then watch out, because they’ve hit .395 (15 for 38) with two home runs and 11 runs driven in against Pomeranz.
Pomeranz vs. Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw is coming off that terrible start in which he imploded against the Marlins. Well, it wasn’t as bad as you would think. He did whiff 10 and walk none in that start, but allowed five earned runs for the time in a regular season game in years. Kershaw has always beaten down the Padres. In his illustrious career he is 13-6 with a 2.16 ERA in 28 starts. Kershaw has struck out 184 in 179.1 innings pitched. Against the current Padres, Kershaw has limited them to .205 (17 for 83) average against with a .506 OPS. For some strange reason Alexei Ramirez is 5 for 11 so watch out for him.
Kershaw vs. Padres
It’s time for the Dodgers to start making some changes before things get out of hand. You have to blame this on the front office for building such a mediocre roster. First we complain then we blame. Nah, I’m just playing! Can we just win a game Dodgers and get the heck out of here?
I would even settle for a rained out tie. Little victories I guess.