We’re at the point where we expect the Dodgers to win every night. They pretty much do. They’re on a historically incredible pace and we’re seeing all kinds of articles popping up all over the internet detailing how great they are. Comparisons are being made of this year’s Dodgers to some of the best teams in history like the 1927 Yankees, and the 1906 Cubs. Keep in mind we’re playing with house money here. Speaking of money you can certainly profit by betting on betting on the Dodgers this season. Experienced betters can tell you this is the best time to do so.
It’s gotten to the point where you can almost go to the bathroom or make a sandwich and be secure in the knowledge that when you come back to the broadcast that the Dodgers will be winning if they aren’t already. When I say house money, I mean that the Dodgers are going to win the NL West.
They have a huge lead. It’s at 15 games now over Arizona, and 16 over Colorado. They’re going to have home field advantage throughout the postseason. They already have a 9 game lead over the Astros for best record. So the rest of the games this season are going to be merely about seeing if the Dodgers can break the all-time wins record and keeping everyone healthy for the postseason. Because we know that the real games begin in October, and we’re basically just waiting around for that.
Dodgers 3 9 1
Dbacks 6 8 0
In the meantime the Dodgers continue to steam roll over their competition. The dbacks are a very good team this year, and it’s important to remember that the Dodgers aren’t going to win every night. They’re probably not going to win 116 games this year. It’s extremely hard to do even for a great club like the Dodgers. With that being said, when a starting pitcher can’t go past the fifth inning in 95% of his starts, it puts his team at a huge disadvantage. And here we have Kenta Maeda.
I won’t put the Dodger’s pathetic 6-3 loss all on Maeda. Especially when Tony Watson and the bullpen gave up the go-ahead grand slam home run to Jake Lamb that virtually ended the game in the seventh inning. However if Maeda pitches into the seventh inning then we don’t see Tony Watson, or Pedro Baez, and Dave Roberts doesn’t have to use like five middle relievers just to get through the game.
Maeda still was able to shake off the ghosts of past trouble in Arizona too turn in a fine pitching performance albeit a short one. He was able to wriggle out of a first inning jam (first and second with none out) to retire the dbacks without allowing a run. Not allowing any runs in that first frame was super important in a close game such as this.
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In that inning David Peralta led off the game by doubling over Joc Pederson’s head. Joc got a bad read on the ball and was playing way too shallow. A.J. Pollack walked and then after Jake Lamb’s line out to right, Maeda got Paul Goldschmidt to foul out to Bellinger. Maeda then whiffs J.D. Martinez for the third out and pumps his first as he walked off the mound.
The Dodger bats got two big swings from Justin Turner to take a 2-0 lead early in the game. Turner homered in the fourth and fifth innings and the Dodgers also got an RBI single from Logan Forsythe (after Cody Bellinger had doubled) later in the fourth inning.
Over the next three frames Maeda allowed just one base runner and didn’t run into problems again until the fifth inning, also known as the devil’s inning for Maeda. Chris Iannetta hit a booming home run to cut into the Dodger lead. Ketel Marte reached on a single and advanced on Maeda’s errant pick-off throw. But Maeda muscled up and struck out Godley, before retiring Peralta on a grounder and getting Pollack to line out.
Maeda pitching line: 5 IP 1 ER 4 H 1BB 6K 92 pitches
You can’t expect the bullpen to toss another five scoreless frames again and that’s what they were tasked with after Maeda was unable to go deep into the game. And of course Pedro Baez who was brought into the game in the sixth inning (way too early to see him IMO) gave up a lead-off home run to Lamb, that cut the Dodger lead to 3-2. The score would have been tied had Yasiel Puig not made this amazing catch on J.D. Martinez’s deep drive to right. Even the Arizona mascot was a fan of this catch.
The lead would not last long. In the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Morrow gave up a single to Iannetta. After a wild pitch he struck out Marte. Then Roberts removes him for some dumb reason (match-ups! Joy!) and brings in left hander Tony Watson.
He starts by hitting pinch-hitter Adam Rosales with a pitch in the foot. That may have been fortunate as the ball would have gotten past Grandal and the runners likely advance. Then Peralta grounds out on a slow roller towards first. Bellinger makes a nice hand feed to Watson who toe taps the bag for the out. The snakes challenged the play but lost the review.
The Dodgers chose to intentionally walk Pollack to load the bases for Lamb. Which looking back now seems to be quite the bonehead move. That’s because Lamb hit his second home run of the game, a grand slam that doinked off the foul pole. That put the Dbacks up 6-3 and that was all she wrote.
This time the Dodgers did not have another miraculous comeback in them as the Arizona bullpen allowed just three base runners over the last three frames. Godley turned in 6.2 innings and David Hernandez, Archie Bradley, and finally closer Fernando Rodney held the Dodgers to one hit in the final three innings.
Speaking of killing the Dodgers single-handedly, Jake Lamb had one hell of a night. The young slugger hit two home runs including a grand slam and drove in five of Arizona’s six runs on the night.
The Dodger’s lead in the NL West now falls to just 15 games as the dbacks celebrate their August World Series win. The Dodgers fall to a terrible 79-33 and are now on pace for only 114 wins. The series continues tomorrow night. The pitching match-up of Alex Wood versus Zack Greinke is quite a doozy. My word. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PST.