Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Dodgers Really SUCK

They are 4-9 after getting hammered at home by the Dbacks, 9-1. 

The Giants have not been much better, getting edged by the Pathetic Padres, 5-4, so they are now 6-8. At least they got the season off to a great start by beating the dodgers 1-0 back to back on Joe Panik homers.

The LA Times unloaded on the team tonight -- 

Anemic at the plate, imprecise on the mound and indifferent on the field, the Dodgers (4-9) have produced a trifecta of unsightly baseball this year. The calendar still features 24 more weeks of games, enough time for the team to rediscover the ballast that sustained them last season. Yet the calendar also serves as a taunt: Can you imagine watching five more months like this?

"It's definitely not panic, it's frustration," manager Dave Roberts said. "The way to sum it up is we've got to play better baseball. We've got to pitch better. We've got to hit better. And the defense has been spotty at times. To sum it up, we have to play better baseball."
In losing for the third game in a row, the Dodgers could not bother an opponent with a wounded pitching staff. Rich Hill could not pacify his guests. Hill gave up seven runs in five innings — and it would have been worse if Arizona not been docked a run for a bizarre gaffe on the bases. Trying to fit in, Wilmer Font surrendered a pair of home runs in the eighth and ninth inning.
At the plate, the Dodgers remain hapless. the offense mounted little challenge, even after Arizona starter Taijuan Walker left the game after two innings with tightness in his right forearm.
Arizona (11-3) has now defeated the Dodgers in 11 consecutive regular-season games, a statistic that does not account for the Dodgers' three-game sweep in the National League division series. It is the longest string of futility against one opponent in franchise history.
"You can definitely relate to the way they're playing right now," Hill said. "It's the way we were playing last year."
An answer to the 2018 team's woes appears unclear. The problems are widespread, a virus Clayton Kershaw cannot solve on his own when he starts the series finale against Arizona on Sunday. Alex Wood wobbled Wednesday, Kenta Maeda unraveled Friday and Hill imploded Saturday. The team's best hitter, Turner, has yet to take batting practice as he recovers from a fractured wrist. The best hitter in triple-A Oklahoma City, Andrew Toles, injured his hamstring Friday.
"It's early," Roberts said. "But whether it's early, it's in the middle, or it's late, you still want to play good baseball. And right now we're not doing that."
Another ailment Saturday added to the team's issues. Logan Forsythe exited the game after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder and underwent an MRI. Forsythe has hit .174 this season, but with Turner on the shelf, he was also the team's most reliable defender at third base.


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