09 September 2013
Big Rob's Take: Red Broom Sweeps Dodgers
Big Rob's here to lament Los Angeles' recent string of losses.
The Dodgers went to Cincy on Friday to play their final three games against foes outside the Western Division. The Dodger bullpen lost all three games, each game by one run.
The wild card teams in the National League will most certainly come out of the Central Division. This means the Dodgers will play one of three teams: St. Louis, Pittsburgh, or Cincy. They better hope it’s the Pirates.
The Dodgers are struggling with the bats again. They had one game in Denver that they hit the ball hard but since then they have gone flat. They managed only 7 runs in the three games with the Reds. They are still committing little league running blunders of which none can be blamed on The Cuban Rocket.
Kershaw pitched yesterday and though it is not obvious in the box score, he struggled. He hit three batters and gave up two solo homers. The thing about Kershaw is that when he does not have his best stuff, he is still better than most pitchers. He only gave up two runs and really battled. He gave his team a chance to win.
The bullpen is struggling. All of a sudden, Paco Rodriguez can’t get anyone out and Belisario, who lost two of the games, looks like the Ronald from the first half.
The Dodgers are fortunate to be in the weakest division in baseball. Though they lost four games in a row, they have managed to shave two games off the magic number thanks to the D’Backs’ poor play.
Dodgers Notes: Matt Kemp was sent to Rancho Cucamonga of the California League for a rehab assignment. He went 0-18. He was then sent to the Arizona Instructional League where he reinjured his hamstring. Kemp should be placed in a plastic bubble for the rest of the year.
A few weeks ago we learned that Dodgers fans would be spared from having to listen to Steiner, Monday, Psycho, and Collins full-time in 2014 when the Great Vin Scully announced he would return for the 2014 season. The Great Vin Scully has also been selected to be the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade. I may have to get up early New Year’s Day to hear his opening remarks.
Thanks, Big Rob!