The Dodger’s losing streak has now reached five games and we’re beginning to enter defcon 5. Last night’s pathetic performance was just another pathetic performance in a long line of pathetic performances. The club scored one run and the bullpen imploded again in the late innings. Even the most ardent brain trust supporters are beginning to see that there are some real problems with this club that go beyond just the injuries.
If I were to briefly get into it, I would say one of the biggest problems is the lack of impact players. We can get into the quantity versus quality argument another time, but the Dodgers have a lot of mediocre players on the roster right now. The club needs better quality players on both sides of the ball. Having a bunch of average players on the roster doesn’t mean depth; it just means having average players.
Dodgers Lineup vs. San Diego
Utley 2B Jay CF
Seager SS Myers 1B
Turner 3B Kemp RF
Gonzalez 1B Upton Jr. LF
Grandal C Ramirez SS
Hernandez RF Norris C
Crawford LF Weeks 2B
Pederson CF Rosales 3B
Stripling P Rea P
Game time – 6:10 PM – TV-SNLA
One thing is for certain, Chris Hatcher has to go. He needs to be DFA’d right now as I type this pregame article. Don’t do it later, not tomorrow, not next week, not after breakfast, but right this minute. Sending him to the minors won’t work either. Just cut the experiment and ship him out. I’m sorry but he’s actively hurting the team right now. Switching his roles won’t help either. He’s wasting a roster spot that could be used for someone else more reliable. If the front office doesn’t want to spend money on expensive relievers, that is fine. However don’t just leave the garbage in the pen. Take out the trash and call up some of the kids from the minors.
Some guys are just not meant to be pitchers. Hatcher is a prime example of this theory. He may throw hard, but he is no pitcher. His lack of command and stiff front leg mechanics are all bad news. He’s a nice guy and it’s terrible to say, but I think it’s time for him to go. Someone else needs to assume the role of the set-up eighth inning guy. Whether that is Joe Blanton, (I can’t believe I am actually typing that) or Liberatore, or J.P. Howell. I don’t care. At the least the Dodgers can do that.
Carl Crawford needs to be released as well. He is actively hurting the club. He can’t hit anymore, can’t stay healthy longer than a week and has no throwing arm. My god Dodgers just cut bait. The club has to cut bait at this point. Swallow the 20 million dollars. They have other guys that can play left field.
Tonight’s pitching match-up will see 25-year old right hander Colin Rea countering Ross Stripling as the Dodgers try to pull themselves out of this “funk”. That’s what manager Dave Roberts called it last night.
Rea is from Cascade, Iowa and was drafted by the Padres in 12th round of the 2011 amateur draft. This is his second MLB season and he is 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA in five games. He’s made four starts and has struck out 19 against 10 walks in 21.1 innings pitched.
He allowed three runs, two earned on seven hits across five innings in a no-decision last week against the Cardinals. He’s faced the Dodgers twice pitching six innings allowing three earned runs on five hits and struck out six. The Dodgers are batting .263 (5 for 19) against him with four extra-base hits so they haven’t seen much of him.
Rea vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers just need to win tonight. They’ve been losing to bad clubs and are now 4-7 at home. The good news is that the Giants and Dbacks are also struggling. All three clubs are currently tied for first place with identical 12-12 records.
The Dodgers need to score runs tonight. They need to pitch well and actually act like a real major league baseball club and go out and beat a lesser team they should be beating regularly. Losing again would mean falling under .500 and if that happens I may just have to start getting very irritable. You know I don’t want to have to do that. So please Dodgers, for my sake and the sake of everyone around me. Please win. Please score runs tonight. Just keep Chris Hatcher far away from the game, for the love of god, please.