The Dodger’s recent offensive malaise continued on Thursday evening as they plodded along to a very sad 7-3 loss to the Dbacks in the opening game of this four game series. The Dodger’s sudden offensive drought has popped up only on this road trip. On this current trip the Dodgers are hitting less than .100 (4 for 48 I believe) with runners in scoring position which is a big reason they are not scoring many runs. The Dodgers have scored a grand total of 19 runs in 7 games. That comes out to a little under 3 runs per game on the road trip.
If the hits aren’t dropping in and we all know the Dodgers have little to no base running or speed in the lineup then they simply won’t score. Not to worry, I am sure this is just an end of season lull and the Dodgers will start scoring again. Unfortunately I jinxed poor Rich Hill as he surrendered 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings and suffered his first loss as a Dodger. I just had to write that pregame didn’t I?
Dodgers Lineup @ Arizona
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Game Time – 6:40 PM – TV- SNLA
Anyways, what better way to kick start the offense then to knock around turncoat Zack Greinke. The Dodgers will face him again tonight as Kenta Maeda will toe the mound for the Dodgers. The Dodgers saw Greinke (12-6 4.54) back on September 5 when they pounded him for 8 earned runs on 9 hits over 4.2 innings pitched. He gave up 5 home runs in that game. Greinke is now 1-1 against the Dodgers this year, and is 3-1 with a 4.17 ERA in 6 career starts.
Greinke vs. Dodgers
As for Maeda, he is looking for his team leading fifteenth win of the season. Currently he is 14-9 with a 3.29 ERA in 28 starts. He has 159 strikeouts and 49 walks and has posted a 1.09 WHIP. He has a 3.54 FIP and has struck out 9.0 per nine innings of work. Maeda beat Greinke and the Dbacks back on September 5 when he allowed just one earned run on 3 hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out 8 in that start and walked one. This is the sixth time Maeda has faced the Snakes. Overall he is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 5 career starts against Arizona. Maeda best be careful with Jake Lamb as he is batting .538 (7 for 13) with 3 doubles against him. Jean Segura is also hitting .357 (5 for 14).
Maeda vs. Dbacks
The Dodgers will be using Alex Wood and Julio Urias out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. There are only 16 games remaining and the Dodgers could use the additional relief help. Although choosing Bud Norris over Urias is not a smart idea. I do understand that they want to limit Julio’s innings of course. I just want them to win, and for nobody to get hurt, and for Urias to build arm strength while developing into an ace. I’m not greedy or anything right?
The Dodger’s magic number is still 13 while they hold a 4 game lead over the Giants in the NL West. The Giants will be at home against the Cardinals again tonight as Luke Weaver counters Matt Moore at 7:15 PM.
What better way to get back on the winning track then to give Zack Greinke another beat down? It sure would make all of us feel a lot better. Yes it would. Make it happen boys.