Leave it to the Dodgers to make Don Mattingly look like a genius. The club is playing a special brand of crappy uninspired baseball. Last night’s 2-0 loss to the Marlins set a remarkable precedent for feeble offense. Now the Dodgers must defeat Jose Fernandez on Thursday night to avoid a sweep at the hands of Don Mattingly and the Marlins. Isn’t moneyball grand?
You know things are bad when Scott Kazmir gives you a quality start and you still lose. Apparently the thumb injury is still bothering him but he was able to limit the Marlins to just the two runs in the first inning. Another no name pitcher limited the Dodgers to well…nothing. Stop me if you’ve heard that before.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Marlins
Utley 2B Gordon 2B
Seager SS Prado 3B
Gonzalez 1B Yelich LF
Grandal C Stanton RF
Puig RF Bour 1B
Crawford LF Suzuki CF
Kendrick 3B Realmuto C
Pederson CF Hechavarria SS
Maeda P Fernandez P
Jose Fernandez-1-2 vs. Kenta Maeda-3-0
Game Time – 7:10 PM TV- SNLA
Thursday night’s pitching match-up will see Marlin’s ace Jose Fernandez going up against Kenta Maeda. Maybe the Dodgers can try this new fangled approach to winning, it’s called scoring runs. I know you and I have heard of it.
Fernandez hasn’t gotten off to a great start this year, so perhaps the Dodgers can get three hits tonight instead of two. Shoot for the stars. Fernandez is 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA in four starts this season. Fernandez is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers. He’s 1-0 at Dodger Stadium. Don’t look at the numbers against Fernandez. You know you’re in trouble when Carl Crawford has the best career numbers against the opposing pitcher.
Fernandez vs. Dodgers
Maeda is going for his fourth win of the season. He’s off to one of the greatest starts for a Dodger rookie pitcher since the days of Fernando Valenzuela. Now if the Dodgers would actually score him a run or two then maybe he could get that fourth win.
I’ll end this early by saying that the Dodgers are one of the worst hitting clubs at home this season. I’ll get into this later, but they’ve been utterly pathetic with the bats at Dodger Stadium. If this seems familiar that’s because it is. They’ve had similar problems over the last several seasons.
I think we can safely say that the problem was not Don Mattingly. I still don’t like him as a manager, but I think a lot of the criticisms were unfair. The club has the same problems as last year. There’s weak pitching, pathetic offense, and lousy roster creation. I think most of the problems exist in the front office and their small market, marginal player acquiring, penny pinching, moneyball mentality.
Sometimes a more traditional balance is needed. I tell you this though, my patience runs out around middle of June. It’s still early enough to make changes and address weaknesses. It’s not time to panic , and the club is still above .500. However my patience for mediocre baseball officially ends around June. That’s when I start getting testy on twitter.
Don’t make me do that Dodgers.