It turns out that Nolan Arenado was not correct when he said that the Dodgers would never lose again. Los Angeles lost a disappointing game to the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, and sadly a record of 143 –39 is no longer attainable.
But the Dodgers will still push on, because 142-40 is still very much on the table! Maybe, they’ll go on through a slump and get 130, or gasp, 120 wins on the season. All joking aside, there will be more heartbreaking loses this year and even a slump or two. It’s a long season and the Dodgers are a great team. And regular season win totals mean nothing if you don’t win it all.
In this season’s edition of A Broken Record, the Dodgers need bullpen help to have a chance at winning it all. In a recent article by Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman didn’t really talk about going out and acquiring an arm or two at the deadline, opting for now to stick with the arms that the Dodgers already have. He made note that they are good arms currently in the Dodgers bullpen, even if they are not performing up to snuff at the moment.
Friedman also made note that using Kenta Maeda out of the bullpen again is not out of the question, nor is keeping Julio Urias there. He also made note of some arms in the minors coming up to help, such as Dustin May or Tony Gonsolin. And, as one looks around the league, one sees that not one team has a lock-it-down bullpen. Some great arms, for sure, but not bullpens as a whole. It will for sure be a seller’s market in and up to the trade deadline, and the Dodgers are never ones to overpay. Something to continue to keep an eye on.
The Dodgers are now in San Francisco to start a three game series with the rival Giants. Residing in last place in the NL West, the Giants sit at 25-36, 17 games out of first.
Los Angeles will first send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, and the Dodgers have won his last 21 straight regular season starts. The Giants will counter with Drew Pomeranz. The lefty is 1-8 on the season with a 8.08 ERA.
Saturday afternoon, Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers and will face-off against Jeff Samardzija. The tall right-hander is 3-4, with a 3.61 ERA and is coming off a start where he went six innings of one-run ball against the Baltimore Orioles.
Sunday’s matinee with see the marquee matchup of the series with Walker Buehler taking on Madison Bumgarner. The cranky lefty is now 3-5 on the season with a 4.05 ERA and 79 strikeouts. He is 0-1 in his last three games
Perhaps the Dodgers will get a look at the Giants’ Will Smith, a reliever coveted by some Dodger fans. In a recent interview, Farhed Zaidi said he would not be averse to doing business with his former team. It most likely would take too much to acquire him, but if two front office people could make a deal like that work to both teams’ liking, it would be those two men. Wishful thinking, perhaps, but stranger things have happened.