This week for the Dodgers has been one of the worst in recent memory. Not only have they not won a game (I’m writing this on a Friday), but they were swept by division rival San Diego Padres, and on Thursday, no-hit by the Chicago Cubs at home.
As fans can expect, social media has been a frenzy, as many fans have voiced their displeasure online. So far this season, this isn’t the same Dodger team as last year in many different ways.
There have been personnel changes and numerous roster moves, creating many different looks. Most importantly, the Dodgers have had horrible luck with injuries.
Currently, the Dodgers are four and a half games back of the first-place Giants and are tied in second place with the Padres. These three division foes will have quite the pennant race as the season goes on. Right now, the four and a half game deficit for the Dodgers is a new season-high.
The Dodgers on Thursday managed eight walks in the baserunning department but obviously couldn’t cash anything in. Walker Buehler also suffered his first loss of the season and his first since Sept. 2019.
I’ve seen a lot of comments recently filled with frustration, saying the team doesn’t have any fight, no chemistry in the dugout, and so on. While I agree there is something disconcerting about this team, it could be a World Series hangover. Perhaps after achieving the goal of a championship they feel a little complacent.
I also agree that the Giants and Padres this year are playing with a different fire than the Dodgers. Obviously, this is just my opinion and some observations I made. The All-Star break I believe will serve the Dodgers well.
Many fans feel that the Padres and Giants will go away soon and fall off, but the truth is it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere anytime soon. The Dodgers can’t afford to fall behind too much; however, they are still 13 games above .500. But it’s still not time to hit the panic button with more than three months remaining in the regular season.
It is a long season (of the 162-game variety) and no team will just cruise through the entire schedule. Sure, the Dodgers are in a funk as of now, but as we all know, they are capable of lengthy streaks. They started off the season 13-2 then had that horrible spell in which they lost 15 out of their next 20 games.
I expect the team to be better as we get closer to a playoff push, especially as it gets healthier. Let’s hope the Dodgers get back to their winning ways Friday in the second game of this four-game series against the Cubs.
Right-hander Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers, he is 0-0 and has posted an ERA of 3.00 since returning from the injured list. The Dodgers will face veteran right-hander Jake Arrieta, who’s struggled a bit this season, but as you may remember, threw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium back in 2015. Arrieta this season is 5-8 with a 5.45 ERA.
Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.