Thoughts on the Dodgers Past Week, and a Look Ahead at the Diamondbacks Series

Well that was a week of baseball worth forgetting about.

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished their week at 2-5, and nearly were swept in a four game series by the Philadelphia Phillies. They had already lost two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Dodgers were thoroughly owned by teams from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Phillies series could be chalked up to a lot of things. A sudden pressure on the starting rotation to go deep into games as they had lost Clayton Kershaw to the 15-day IL on Friday. The knowledge that the pitching staff as a whole was going to have a tough time navigating the home stand that includes eight games in seven days. Shock when the Dodgers found themselves down in every game, only to try to climb back in it and still lose. Unforced errors by the Dodgers compounding all the craziness. And one thought that Philly was supposed to have a weak defense- that team made incredible plays left and right robbing the Dodgers of more scoring opportunities.

Fans of the Dodgers should hope that the Phillies stay hot, through their next three games only, as they will open up a home stand against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers will see the Phillies again on Friday for a three game set, hopefully with better results.

The good news is, the Dodgers still have one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, currently tied for first in ERA with the New York Yankees. They also are still tied for first in the NL West with the San Diego Padres. They come out of that last week being statistically no worse for the wear.

But now the pitching staff faces another challenge, playing four games in three days, two being day games, and having been taxed the last four games. The Arizona Diamondbacks are in town, and their last meeting jumped the DBacks into playing some really good baseball. Arizona took two of three from the Dodgers in Phoenix at the end of April, then went on to win 10 of their next 16 games. They are now 18-17, 4.0 games out of first in the division. The NL West still has all its teams at .500 or higher.

The Dodgers also need to hope that their offense gets more consistent. While there have been offensive outbursts, it’s still not anything what the Dodgers fans were hoping to see out of the All-Star lineup. Not one Dodger is batting over .300 – Freddie Freeman is the closest with a .295 BA. Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger are both hitting close to the Mendoza line, and Max Muncy is still down around .150. Mookie Betts leads the team with seven homers, and the team that has a lot of pop hasn’t quite been able to get those long balls going.

Probable starters for the Arizona series are Monday, Tony Gonsolin and Madison Bumgarner. Tuesday’s matinee will see a spot starter from the Dodgers against Merrill Kelly. The evening contest is TBA for the DBacks against Tyler Anderson. And Wednesday’s matinee will be Zach Davies and Walker Buehler.

Dodgers End Road Trip at 4-2; Head Home For Eight Games in Seven Days

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their six game road trip Wednesday, compiling a 4-2 record along the way. Normally that would be a good winning percentage on the road; the Dodgers dropped two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates, when they should have won two of the three.

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Let’s Talk More About Clayton Kershaw

Even the most dedicated Clayton Kershaw fans wouldn’t have guessed the legendary Dodger lefty would have posted a 4-0 record with a 1.80 ERA through his first five starts of the 2022 season.

The lockout had many baseball enthusiasts guessing what would occur with a prospective Kershaw contract, as there was serious speculation that the three-time Cy Young winner was strongly being courted by general manager Chris Young and the Texas Rangers. Yet, even though the Dodgers eventually nabbed CK on a one-year deal, more conjecture surfaced as to why he agreed with Los Angeles on such a short contract.

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Dodgers News and Notes, Dave Roberts Comments on New Baseballs and Slumping Players

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night to keep even with the San Diego Padres for the NL West lead. They will face the Giants one more time before another off day and heading to the Windy City.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Roster Trimmed to 26, Tommy Kahnle’s Dodger Debut and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting the month of May statistically tied for first place with the San Diego Padres, and only 0.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants. If they would like to put a little breathing room between themselves and these two teams, this month would be a good time to do it.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from the First Month of 2022 Dodgers Baseball

April is coming to a close and along with it the first month of the 2022 season. Right now, the Los Angeles Dodgers are 12-6, and in second place in the NL West, 0.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

Overall, the Dodgers have played well. But for as talented and stacked as this team is, they are still leaving some things to be desired. But we will start with the best parts of the team.

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Dodgers and Braves Begin Emotional and Storyline Packed Series

After starting the season at 1-2, the Los Angeles Dodgers are now hitting their stride. They are 7-2, riding a six game winning streak and tied for first in the National League West.

As part of that winning streak, the Dodgers swept the Cincinnati Reds in a four game series for the first time since 1975.

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Thoughts on the Kershaw Kerfuffle

The Kerfuffle heard ‘round the world.

On Wednesday afternoon in a very cold field in Minneapolis, Clayton Kershaw took the mound and was about as perfect as he could be.

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Things to Keep an Eye on Through the Dodgers Season, Opening Day Roster Announced

On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their quest to win another World Series.

This team and season are a bit reminiscent of the 2017 team, where the expectations were sky high – win the World Series or bust. The feeling around the league is that the Dodgers are the best team around, and anything less than making the World Series, and winning, would be a disappointment.

But as we saw last season, things happen along the way to derail the train on the way to the station. Fighting for the division right down until the last games, losing a key starting pitcher and your first baseman made it hard to repeat as world champs.

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Dodgers News and Notes – Roster Decisions, New Trade Deadline and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers have not have a very good showing in Spring Training as a whole, although that won’t necessarily translate into a bad start to the season.

Some individuals have had an impressive Spring Training, however, and have worked their way onto the Opening Day roster.

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