In the gloomy winter months not long after the smoke settled on the 2018 World Series, management, players and fans of the Dodgers began to re-focus their collective mental energy on yet another upcoming campaign with hopes of capturing a long-elusive championship.
The Dodgers has quite the offensive breakout in Miami against the hapless Marlins, but still only managed to win two out of three games.
Thursday afternoon was a good example of what happens when the starting pitching and bullpen of the Dodgers don’t exactly fire on all cylinders.
Once highly touted for his offensive prowess and his ability to field multiple positions, Austin Barnes gave the impression that he was in the big leagues to stay after a quality 2017 season campaign when he saw playing time in 102 games.
Next up on the Dodgers‘ schedule is a six-game road trip, consisting of three games with the Marlins starting on Tuesday evening, followed by a three-game set with the leaders of the NL East, the Braves, beginning on Friday.
After a brouhaha with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday evening where the Dodgers bullpen squandered yet another game, and closer Archie Bradley had some words with the Dodgers’ dugout, the Boys in Blue rebounded and collected yet another series win.
Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each homered in the first inning of Sunday’s series finale against Arizona, propelling the Dodgers to an eventual 9-3 victory over their division rival and stretching their NL West lead to a whopping 19 games.
In the weeks leading up to the 2019 trade deadline, many fans of the Dodgers were certain that management would find a way to snag one or more relievers to bolster what has been a mediocre relief crew this season.
The Dodgers are now heading into the dog days of summer, with an 18 game lead in their division and a nine game lead for home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
It’s tough to be a fan of the Dodgers these days and not know what’s happening at the Triple-A level—at least when it comes to a certain 21-year-old infielder.