Note to self – do not title a blog post “Do the Dodgers Have a Pitching Problem” because then, they really will.
The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ hopeful 2019 World Championship run begins tonight.
The Dodgers‘ seventh straight NL West division Clinchmas is so close, they can smell it. Their magic number sits at four, so they need a little help from the Cincinnati Reds if they want to clinch at home. The Arizona Diamondbacks are visiting Cincinnati, so all Dodger fans will be Reds fans this weekend hoping the Boys in Blue can celebrate at Chavez Ravine.
The trade deadline is always fodder for talk about who won, who lost, who made the greatest improvement to their team. The Dodgers were heavily scrutinized for their lack of big moves this year.
On Thursday, the Dodgers did something that needed to be done, but most fans didn’t think would actually happen – they optioned catcher Austin Barnes to Oklahoma City and recalled rookie Will Smith. We’ve chronicled many times how Barnes has been very good behind the dish, but terrible at the plate. His slash line of .196/.288/.328/.616 is just abysmal, and hopefully the time in Triple-A will allow him to work on getting his swing back to where he’s not just an assumed out when his turn comes up to bat.
The Dodgers have returned from their eventful East Coast road trip. It featured rain delays, almost fighting with the Phillies closer, a lot of home runs, and a 4-3 record for the two series.
The second half of the season begins today, with the Dodgers starting with an East Coast swing that includes three games with the Boston Red Sox and four in Philadelphia against the Phillies.
Even though the Dodgers have completed just two games of their long 2018 regular season campaign, many amateur critics have already emerged from the woodwork, employing their masterful management skills in hopes of providing a solution to the club’s struggling offense.
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Six days after a nightmare of a return from almost five months on the shelf recovering from back surgery, southpaw Brett Anderson will take the hill on Saturday in hopes providing some much needed stabilization to the Dodgers‘ rotation, and help the club rebound from a disappointing loss in the series opener.