The 2017 season is about a month old and so far it’s been one long month of suck for the Dodgers. The club is now 10-12 after losing to the Giants on Wednesday night in extra innings and have yet to win their second series of the season. Let me repeat myself, the Dodgers have won one series so far in 22 games this year. I have no idea how long this suck will last, but my guess it’s not going away anytime soon.
Taking a closer look at the early season suck for the Dodgers we can see that nearly every aspect of the game has been a train wreck. The pitching which has been normally consistent is not as good as we all hoped it would be. The main problem is the lack of innings out of the starting rotation.
The Dodger starting pitchers rank 18 out of the 30 clubs in innings pitched which is putting a high strain on the bullpen. Dodger starters had a 3.96 ERA coming into Wednesday night’s game against the Giants which ranks them 17 out of the 30 MLB teams. Mediocre starting pitching will get you nowhere fast. The Dodgers have no choice but to put Julio Urias in the rotation faster than they had planned. He is set to make his 2017 debut on Thursday afternoon against Matt Moore. On a bright note, Alex Wood was fantastic on Wednesday, but unfortunately the bullpen ruined that.
Moore is a lefty so that probably means the Dodgers are getting shutout. The Dodgers still can’t hit left handers. The Dodgers are hitting .224 against left handers and that ranks them 23 out of the 30 clubs. I would love to blame that on Kike Hernandez, but the guy is actually playing decently. This season has been a huge improvement over his historically horrendous 2016 season. This year he is merely slightly above average, batting .265, with a .960 OPS. However he’s batting just .235 (6 for 26) against left handers. I’m hoping to stop making fun of him soon.
Andrew Toles and Chase Utley’s bats have completely disappeared. Utley was 1 for 31 before singling in the sixth inning of last night’s loss. He was batting .034 coming into the game. Toles is hitting .212 ( 11 for 52) and looking like he should probably go back to bagging groceries. Adrian Gonzalez has been just as bad though. The Dodger’s cleanup hitter has a .338 slugging percentage and has yet to hit a home run this season.
Overall the Dodger’s offense has been miserable. The boys in blue are batting .245 ranking them 17 out of the 30 clubs. They’ve scored 91 runs, and are batting .250 with runners in scoring position. They average around 3-4 runs per game, and have a 102 wRC+. The Dodgers are so desperate they called up top prospect Cody Bellinger to play some outfield and hopefully breathe some life into this lifeless offense. The lack of power is astonishing too. They’ve hit just 19 home runs in April, and rank at the bottom of MLB in power.
The defense has been poor as well. The Dodgers have made 14 errors, turned only 16 double plays and rank 20 out of the 30 clubs with a .693 defensive efficiency. In case you are wondering they also have a .981 fielding percentage.
The bullpen is already worn out after just 22 games. Sergio Romo has been a disaster. Grant Dayton is hurt, and Pedro Baez is still so slow he can halt time when he pitches. For the record I would have never guessed Chris Hatcher would not be the worst reliever on the roster. That honor goes to Romo so far.
The Dodgers can’t hit left handers, and can’t score runs. They don’t hit for power, and rarely hit with runners in scoring position. The defense is lackluster, the starters can’t pitch past the fifth inning, and the bullpen is already gassed. They lack speed and athleticism, and Vin Scully has been retired for six months. I’m not liking this season already.
Maybe the Dodgers should take baby steps and I don’t know actually win a series? If this keeps up and the Dodgers keep playing like trash I might have to start watching the NBA playoffs, or worse reruns of Quantico.
It’s still early right?