After another frustratingly pathetic loss on Friday evening the Dodgers are now officially a losing club with a 14-15 record. Get used to it. There are more losses to come. I am sorry I can’t be optimistic right now, but I have seen enough from this roster. Major changes need to be made now or the Dodgers won’t contend this season. It’s that simple. I believe that the Dodgers need more baseball people in the front office. What they have is a front office filled with executives and number crunchers, but no baseball people. This is why accounting departments don’t run companies.
It’s important to realize my next point. Let me make it and then I will move onto Saturday’s match-ups. The front office is trying to win; they are just very bad at it. Some of you have said you don’t believe the front office is trying to win. Trust me they are. I believe that they are just very bad evaluators of talent. That’s the big problem. They’re bad at their jobs. Anybody who believes that Chris Hatcher, Scott Kazmir, or some of the rest of those bums are good pitchers is bad at evaluating talent. The advanced metrics don’t even favor any of these guys.
The problems remain the same from last season and the front office didn’t do anything to improve the club. They have two starting pitchers, no middle relief, and no situational hitting. The hitting will probably come around, but the pitching staff needs a major overhaul. Unless the club makes some major changes to the pitching staff, then they will not contend this season. If that happens then there needs to be accountability. I’ll talk about that in a later post.
Dodgers Lineup @ Toronto
Game time – 10:07 AM TV-SNLA
For today, the Dodgers will try and even up the series behind ace Clayton Kershaw. He’s coming off his epic shutout of the Padres last week. Overall he is 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA in six starts. He’s struck out 54 and walked only 3 in 46 innings. Kershaw has allowed just 5.9 hits per nine innings and has a 1.84 FIP. He’s on pace for another Cy Young type season. It’s such a shame his excellent pitching is surrounded by such lesser talent, but I digress.
Kershaw has never faced the Blue Jays and never pitched at Roger’s Center. The current Blue Jays are batting .233 (21 for 90) against Kershaw. Most of these are guys that faced him in the National League. You’ll see Troy Tulowitzki’s name in there. He’s batting .270 (17 for 63) with three home runs off of Kershaw. Oddly though, we might not see much of him in this series. Tulo is in a massive slump right (.163 .584 OPS) and was out of the line on Friday night.
Kershaw vs. Blue Jays
Toronto will counter with old man R.A. Dickey. The former Cy Young award winner is still pitching and still rocking that knuckleball. The 41-year old is not having a very good start to the season. Dickey is 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA over 33 innings. Dickey has allowed 10.6 hits per nine and struck out 6.8 per nine in six starts. He’s definitely already in steep decline.
Old age will do that. The Dodgers haven’t faced him in a while. However Dickey is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 4 starts against the Dodgers. Dickey has struck out 19 and walked 3 in 21.1 innings pitched versus the Dodgers. He’s 27-17 with a 4.18 ERA in his career at Roger’s Center. The current Dodgers are batting .278 (10 for 36) against Dickey. Surprisingly it’s Carl Crawford that has hit the only home run and is also batting .429 (3 for 7) against Dickey. Chase Utley has also hit Dickey well with a .313 (5 for 16) average and two extra-base hits.
Dickey vs. Dodgers
The roof is supposed to be open today. Maybe some fresh air will do the Dodgers some good. Unfortunately neither the metric system nor the air will change this pitching staff into a good one. Once again poor Kershaw will have to do it all. He’ll have to pitch another compete game shutout because the bullpen can’t and won’t hold any leads obtained. Kershaw will also have to drive in a couple of runs himself because obviously the offense can’t and won’t score any runs for him. Seriously, great roster you built here Mr. Friedman.
Hopefully things will change once the Dodgers bottom out. When the Dodgers are firmly in last place and 8 games under .500 (believe me it’s coming soon, possibly after this next home stand) then that might spark the front office to make some changes. Hopefully those come soon, because I like you can’t take much more of this mediocrity.