The Dodgers successfully punted away another game on Monday evening in Arizona as they lost 3-2 to Zack Greinke and the Dbacks. The Dodgers once again scored only 2 runs as Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi keep scratching their heads as to how to turn the Dodgers into a contending club. Newsflash braniacs it involves using common sense and acquiring good players.
It should come as no surprise that a second rate pitcher was unable to outduel former cy young award winner Zack Greinke and the 28th ranked MLB offense could only muster up 2 runs on 7 hits. The Dodgers were a wonderful 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position on Monday. The Dodgers now fall to 33-32 and are now 6 games behind the Giants in the NL West. They are now firmly in danger of falling behind the Rockies into third place. Perhaps a total bottoming out is what is needed for Mark Walters and Stan Kasten to finally step in and put an end to the Friedman experiment. As I and many other commenters on this board have pointed out the Dodgers will never win anything until tweedle dee and tweedle dum in the front office are sent packing.
Dodgers Lineup @ Arizona-TBA
Game Time – 6:40 PM – TV-SNLA
I’m sorry guys, I know it sucks, trust me if there was any way the Dodgers could overtake the Giants I would tell you so. Alas, it’s not going to happen this year. Not with the boy genius in charge. This season is pretty much dunzo. Of course if mediocrity, marginal players, third place finishes and hoping that single-A ball prospects will pan out in 2018 is a plan you enjoy, then by all means have fun. Don’t let me stop you from your enjoyment. The rest of us will just have to wait until the moneyball clowns are run out of town for the Dodgers to return to greatness.
In the meantime the season goes on and today is another day. The Dodgers will give the ball to Kenta Maeda in hopes that he can toss a shutout because otherwise they might actually have to score more than one run.
Maeda has pitched well this year. He’s 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 70 innings pitched. He’s struck out 8.4 per nine and posted a 1.057 WHIP in 12 starts. Maeda faced the Dbacks once this season back on April 12 and was not involved in the decision of a 4-2 Dodger loss. In that start he held the snakes to just 5 hits over 6 frames with 5 strikeouts. Maeda is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA away from Dodger Stadium.
Maeda vs. Dbacks
The Dbacks will give the ball to 23-year old youngster Archie Bradley. The third-year hurler is 2-2 and has posted a 5.22 ERA in 5 starts this season. So that means the Dodger offense should be able to get 5 hits instead of their usual 3.
The former first round pick allowed 4 earned runs on 5 hits over 5.1 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay in his last start. He’s made only one start against the Dodgers. If you remember last year he shut them out on just one hit over 6 innings while striking out four.
Bradley vs. Dodgers
Don’t worry guys, Yasiel Puig just hit a home run at Rancho last night. We’re saved!!! Oh and Just Turner is hitting over .220! Silver linings right guys? I’m just trying to be positive here.