Will the real Los Angeles Dodgers please stand up?
So far this season, the Boys in Blue have had four peaks and valleys. They have had streaks of 13-2, 5-15, 13-2, and now they are on an 0-3 run.
Hopefully the team can turn this current 0-3 losing streak around before they lose any more ground in the division. San Diego is now in first place with a record of 34-20, and San Francisco is a game behind them at 33-20. The Dodgers reside in third place, 2.5 games out of first at 31-22.
If the season ended today, the Dodgers and Giants would play in a one game Wild Card game for the right to play the Padres, who own the best record in the National League. This is the most likely scenario, in whatever incantation it presents itself to be.
The Dodgers are actually 2-5 over their last seven games, and the starting pitchers have not been as effective as they once were. Julio Urías gave up six runs in his outing on Saturday, and Clayton Kershaw, after his stellar outing in Houston, gave up five earned runs and two home runs on Sunday. In Friday nights game, Walker Buehler went 6.0 innings allowing two runs, but only struck out three and did not look sharp. The bullpen also then blew that game, with Blake Treinen allowing three runs, and after the Dodgers had tied it up, Kenley Jansen allowing another three runs for the loss.
The offense has also fallen off. They’ve seen spurts—like Austin Barnes’ three run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth on Friday night—but they’re still not quite able to string it all together.
The Dodgers recently welcomed both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry back to the lineup, but neither got a hit in their initial games back. Mookie Betts was also out of the lineup for Sunday’s game due to allergies.
As with many teams, the Dodgers have been dealing with many injuries, but they also have been having some bad luck, or maybe just some bad execution. In Sunday’s game, Kershaw threw a wild pitch, moving runners from first and second, to second and third. The next pitch would’ve been an inning-ending double play. Instead, it scored a run, and the inning continued for a two-run homer to the next batter.
It seems like many instances similar to that have been happening to the Dodgers this season. The team is 7-12 in one-run games, a statistic that has been in the reverse for most of the previous few seasons.
Things will start to turn around and become more consistent for the Dodgers; they are too talented a team for them to not. They’ve been ravaged by injuries and haven’t had their whole team together save for four games to start the season. As I’ve stated previously, there also seems to be a spark that is missing. Perhaps they will get that back when they’re all together and feeling heathy again.
The Dodgers, for how injured and unlucky they are, still have the third-best record in the National League, even if it is within their own division. They just need to stay right within that cusp and get it going at playoff time. But they cannot keep facing big slides and expect that to happen.
The Dodgers look to right the ship Monday night, starting a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The probable pitching matchups are Monday, Trevor Bauer and righty Jack Flaherty. Tuesday, Johnny Wholestaff against right-hander John Gant. Wednesday will be right-hander Carlos Martinez and Walker Buehler.