Boy what a pathetic start to the road trip. An 8-1 loss to the Barves, I mean lousy Braves puts the Dodgers at 8-6 now through the first 14 games. That’s not terribly unimpressive, but it’s not great either. I guess with all of the players on the disabled list, it’s probably better than expected. Speaking of unimpressive, I give you Alex Wood. The left hander now has a 1.75 WHIP, 5.06 ERA and just 8 strikeouts against 7 walks in his first three starts.
He’s bad. Everything about his pitching is bad. His arm angles are bad, his mechanics are bad, and his funky delivery is horrible. One good start followed by two or three terrible starts is not going to cut it. The Dodgers better either help him figure it out, or ship him out.
Of course what was the offense’s excuse for not being able to hit a minor league pitcher? Then there was the three errors, (two bumbling plays by Justin Turner) that didn’t help. It was just a bad day I guess. Better not happen again today, because the Dodgers should at least win two out of three here.
The second game of the three game series features a young pitcher that has actual talent. Rookie youngster Ross Stripling will go up against Julio Teheran in hopes of evening up the series for the Dodgers. Stripling is coming off another solid outing against the Dbacks on the last home stand. Hopefully he can keep this nice stretch of good pitching going. Stripling is still looking for his first MLB win, but has a 2.02 ERA in two starts. He’s only allowed three earned runs in 13.1 innings pitched.
Dodgers Lineup @Atlanta
Ross Stripling 0-0 vs. Julio Teheran-0-2
Game Time – 4:10 PM TV- SNLA – TBS
Teheran was supposed to start on Tuesday night but was pushed back because he was sick. Williams Perez started in his place and of course shut down the Dodgers. I have no idea why the Dodgers have such problems hitting these no name rookie pitchers. They haven’t had many problems hitting Teheran. They’ve clobbered him in the past. Here’s how they’ve done against him, and the numbers from Tuesday’s preview.
Teheran vs. Dodgers
Carl Crawford nearing a return.
That’s right; everyone’s favorite rusty outfielder is nearing a return. Crawford is going out on a rehab assignment at Oklahoma City on Wednesday and is expected to be activated by Saturday or Sunday. I wouldn’t expect him to play until the Dodgers come home, so that would be after the Colorado series. Either way this could be good for the Dodgers. One additional healthy player is always a good thing.
Plus this would allow the club to move Howie Kendrick back to second base. I can live with Kendrick playing left field only if Chase Utley or Kike Hernandez is hitting well enough to justify it. Both have played well and having a place to keep Kendrick in the lineup has been a good thing for the Dodger offense. Moving him back to second base would help the defensive unit more than anything else. The Dodgers are slowly getting healthier, and that’s great news.