With eight games now remaining in the regular season, Dodgers‘ skipper Dave Roberts hinted to the media on Friday that he will revert to using the best possible lineups down the stretch run of the schedule, indicating that the most important matter is getting into a consistent pattern of playing good baseball, as there will be enough time for players to rest between the season finale and the beginning of the NLDS on October 6.
Although there is still a lot of work left to be done, those of us in Dodgers Nation can breathe a little sigh of relief after the recent series in San Francisco. Our beloved team is starting to look like the powerhouse team it was earlier in the season.
Fans of the Dodgers were set to go nuts if the front office didn’t come though for them at the trade deadline, getting them another starting pitcher to help Clayton Kershaw and Company in the playoffs. But low and behold, seemingly at the last minute, they did, trading three prospects to the Texas Rangers for right handed pitcher Yu Darvish.
While many baseball fans around the globe tuned into the 2017 MLB All-Star Game expecting an offensively dominant showcase of fireworks, the almost complete opposite occurred — a display of superior pitching with a few timely hits sprinkled in along the way.
While it remains to be seen exactly how much animosity carries over into the middle game of the weekend series, all eyes will be on Dave Roberts of the Dodgers and Andy Green of the Padres after a bench-clearing skirmish saw both skippers ejected early in Friday night’s opener.
So, it just might be that these Dodgers are pretty good. After sweeping a four-game series with the Mets, they head into a series with the second place Colorado Rockies riding a seven game winning streak. They’ve won 13 of their last 14 games.
To say the Dodgers‘ offense has been lackluster lately would be a bit of an understatement. After scoring 10 runs in Milwaukee last Friday, the Dodgers have only scored five runs in five games since then. Granted, they were facing some of the best pitchers they’ve face so far in Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, but still the offense has left something to be desired.
After what seemed to be a overwhelmingly long road trip that spanned only seven games, the Dodgers will return home on Monday to host the Washington Nationals for three contests on June 5-7, followed by a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds on June 9-11. Sandwiched in between will be a much needed day off on June 8, the club’s first off-day since May 21.
Baseball is a funny game. Things will happen in a game that make you scratch your head. On a night when your offense can’t buy a hit, the veteran who had been sent to Triple-A because of his lack of offense steps up to the plate and hits a pinch-hit home run. A relief pitcher that makes you cringe goes into Coors Field and throws two scoreless innings. A player who you thought needed to retire is suddenly hot, going 6-for-8 in his last three games with two doubles and a triple (I see you, Chase Utley). The same night the old man hits that triple, the guy who has been red hot at the plate and filling in for the old guy at second can barely scratch out one hit.
For their third homestand of the season, the Dodgers return to Los Angeles and will take on the Phillies for a three-game set beginning at 7:10 p.m. on Friday, while hosting the Giants for another three-game series starting on Monday. The set against San Francisco will be highlighted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully being inducted into the Dodgers’ Ring of Honor on Wednesday. Scully will be on-hand for a very special pre-game ceremony before the contest, and fans are encouraged to arrive early as a large crowd is expected.