The Dodgers (48-40) rolled over and played dead on Thursday evening in the opening game of their four game series against San Diego. Hyun-jin Ryu’s return was unsurprisingly unsuccessful as the left hander allowed six earned runs in five innings to the lowly Padres. Sadly most shoulder injuries like the one he had are often career enders.The Dodger bullpen is completely taxed because of the rotation’s inability to pitch past the fifth inning and that 14-inning marathon loss to the Orioles on Wednesday. The offense gave up as well. The hitters folded up like a tin can collecting only two hits against opposing starter Drew Pomeranz. Oh and Corey Seager’s hitting streak ended at 19.
Hyun-jin Ryu made 89 pitches, but the Dodgers were forced to call up right hander Carlos Frias to give them some innings. Here’s a noteworthy stat: Since May 14 the Dodgers have had a starting pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw pitch into the eighth inning only once. That is why the Dodgers have problems. The rotation is simply just not giving them enough innings. They’re not going deep into games and it’s taking a toll on the bullpen. The guys have pitched well, but the Dodgers need innings. The pathetic loss to the Padres gives them three consecutive losses and is not putting them in danger of even falling out of the wild card race. The Dodgers are also now 6.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West race. The Dodgers are tired and they need the all-star break badly.
Dodgers Lineup vs. San Diego
Tonight's Dodger lineup vs. Padres:
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Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-SNLA
In the second game of the series with the Padres, the Dodgers will give the ball to Scott Kazmir. Meanwhile the Padres will counter with big flame throwing Andrew Cashner.
The 29-year old Cashner (3-6 4.42) has seen his strikeout rate decrease significantly. In 2015 his strikeout per nine rate was a hearty 8.0. He whiffed 165 last season, but this season that total has dropped to just 6.5 per nine. Cashner has whiffed just 42 in 59 frames this season. He still throws pretty hard so I am not sure what the problem is.
Cashner has faced the Dodgers just once this year back on April 6 in San Diego. The Dodgers defeated him as he allowed five earned runs on six hits over 4 innings. Cashner has made 11 career starts against the Dodgers and is 1-6 with a 2.56 ERA. He is 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA at Dodger Stadium. Take a look at the Dodger’s numbers against Cashner. Adrian Gonzalez has destroyed him. He’s hitting .344 (11 for 32) with 4 home runs off of Cashner.
Cashner vs. Dodgers
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The Dodgers will be counting on Scott Kazmir (7-3 4.37) to give them some innings. Unfortunately he hasn’t done that much this year. Kazmir has pitched into the seventh inning just twice all year. He averages just less than 6 innings per start. Somehow the Dodgers are going to need to squeeze some innings out of him. The veteran has made two starts against the Padres this year and is 1-0 with a no-decision. Overall he is 1-0 with a 4.37 ERA in 4 career starts versus San Diego.
Kazmir vs. Padres
In other news, Corey Seager has announced that he will participate in the 2016 home run derby. That’s pretty cool but I hope that it doesn’t screw with his swing like many thought it did with Joc Pederson’s last season.
The Dodgers sure could use a day off. I know I could too. After tonight only two games remain until the all-star break. Time is flying by.