Well, the Dodgers series against the New York Yankees didn’t go how any players or fans wanted it to go. Los Angeles managed to scrape out one win in the weekend, but couldn’t muster much more offensive firepower to win the other two.
The series has fans feeling reminiscent of past postseasons when the bats also couldn’t muster enough runs, and when the pitching failed the rest of the team. It also has some fans and pundits going into worry mode about what this one series means for the Dodgers in the upcoming postseason, thinking it can’t possibly be anything good and that the Dodgers are doomed to lose their third straight World Series in a row.
Worrying about how your team will do in the postseason is what any fan might do. Jumping straight to the conclusion that this series against the Yankees means the Dodgers can’t possibly beat them if they were to face them in October is asinine and detrimental to one’s personal sanity.
It’s true that the Dodgers had a very lackluster showing against the Yankees. The only offense to speak of was a 2-run home run by Justin Turner on Saturday, and a solo shot by Joc Pederson on Sunday. They cobbled together two runs on Friday night, and that was it. Five total runs in five games. That’s usually what the pitching staff allows in that amount of time.
Strikeouts were up, and when batters did get on base, they were unable to get them home, something they have excelled at previously this season. Most glaring Maybe was Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s poor performance on Friday. An anomaly on the season to be sure, but disheartening nonetheless.
However there were a few bright spots. Tony Gonsolin once again dominated in his outing, with his only blemish allowing a solo homerun to Aaron Judge, who hit one in every game of the series. The much maligned Kenley Jansen worked himself out of trouble that wasn’t entirely of his doing to get the save on Saturday, hopefully giving the Big Man some confidence moving forward. And while he got the loss, Kershaw struck out 12 batters while allowing only four hits in seven innings (the three solo home runs not withstanding).
The Yankees came into the game having been swept by the Oakland A’s, and are too good a team to be held down for that long. The Dodgers offense had been stagnant going back to the Toronto series. Not really an ideal time to be facing the Yankees for the Dodgers.
I think once the Dodgers get into the swing of the postseason they’ll be better able to take on a team of the Yankees or Astros quality. Having been through the last two postseasons, the Dodgers know what it takes to win the Championship. I also kinda think that since some of the big bats are slumping now, means they won’t be in October.
The Dodgers now head into San Diego to start the first of their last 30 games of the season, 21 of which are against division rivals. The Padres are 24.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, and no doubt looking to play spoiler to their superior competition.
Pitching matchups include Monday, Dustin May and Eric Lauer, a lefty who is 6-8 with a 4.47 ERA. He last pitched August 19th and went only four innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Tuesday will be Walker Buehler and Cal Quantrill. The righty is 6-4 with a 3.32 ERA. He struck out nine over six innings in a loss to the Reds last Tuesday. Wednesday will see Kenta Maeda and a yet-to-be-determined starter for the Padres.
Monday and Tuesday’s game will be at 7:10, and Wednesday’s game will be at 6:10 PDT.