The Dodger bullpen blew another one just hours after Oscar jinxed them with an article praising their recent performances. Of course we all would love to be able to blame Oscar for the problems with the pen if only because it’s really funny. All joking aside it is not Oscar’s fault. The bullpen had been pitching better lately. Oscar details that well in his latest. However the bullpen fully regressed by blowing a 5-4 lead on Friday night which lead to the Dodger’s 7-5 loss to Colorado in the series opener. Did you see that throw from Yasiel Puig though? My goodness that was incredible.
Dodgers Lineup @ Colorado
Game Time – 5:10 PM – TV- SNLA
Then there was this…..
Kazmir is wearing a brace on his left wrist
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 23, 2016
Right bicep soreness for Yimi Garcia.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 23, 2016
There was more bad news besides the losing. That would unsurprisingly be more injuries. Scott Kazmir turned in another lousy start and had to leave after five innings because of a sore thumb. Apparently he was seen wearing a brace in the dugout. With Kazmir stinking it up and the clear awfulness of Alex Wood, it’s probably a good time to call up Julio Urias.
Don’t you think? In other news Mike Bolsinger is rehabbing from his oblique injury. Oh and Yimi Garcia is hurt as well. He injured his biceps during the seventh inning. Losing Yimi isn’t that huge of a loss, but losing Kazmir would become a problem. Come on down Julio Urias! The failures of the front office to build a reliable pitching staff have been an issue this season.
In game two of the series the Dodgers will send Kenta Maeda to the mound against Tyler Chatwood. This will be Maeda’s first Coors Field start, but he says he is not worried. Maeda is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three starts. He’s whiffed 15 and walked 3 and has looked quite impressive this season. Let’s hope that continues on Saturday.
Colorado counters with Tyler Chatwood. The 26-year old right hander from Redlands had his career derailed because of injuries in 2014, but has returned to action with a vengeance. This year he is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts. He’s pitched very well for the Rockies thus far. Still he hasn’t missed many bats (12 whiffs in 19 frames) and has allowed more hits (20) than innings pitched.
Chatwood is 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts against the Dodgers. He’s 10-5 with a 4.11 ERA at Coors Field. The current Dodgers are hitting .222 (10 for 45) with one home run versus Chatwood.
Chatwood vs. Dodgers
Carl Crawford has finished his rehab assignment with Oklahoma City and is expected to join the Dodgers within the next day or so.