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Dodgers Pitching Struggles in San Francisco

Giants brought the Dodgers Nation back down to earth over the weekend. After a hot start in San Diego, Dodgers hit a road block in San Fransisco. Pitching was a strong asset for the Dodgers against the Padres to say the least. As good as the pitching was earlier in the week, it was the Dodgers down fall this past weekend.

The Dodgers strongest performance was from one of the most unlikely pitchers in the rotation - Ross Stripling. Even with the great performance from Stripling, his outing was wasted by a lackluster performance from Chris Hatcher. It only took two pitches from Hatcher to not only give up the no-hitter he was handed over from Stripling, but also give up the lead.

Scott Kazmir was not the same pitcher as he was in first start either. Dodgers were relying on him to even up the series and head back to LA one game behind the Giants. Even with a 5 spot being put on the board in the top of the first inning, it would end up not being enough. Kazmir immediately gave two runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Giants added three more runs to make the game even again in the third. The bullpen was unable to keep the Giants at bay after Kazmir left the game, resulting in a third loss out of the four games.

Unfortunately, I didn't expect the success that the Dodgers had in San Diego to last. However, I didn't expect the pitching to implode in the very next series. The front office definitely has some work to do in getting bullpen help, to say the least.

Carl Crawford didn't even make it through the first week of the season before having to be put on the DL. There is one good thing that could come out of this though, and that is Trayce Thompson. In my previous post I predicted he would win the starting LF position until Ethier comes back. Looks like that is now the case and it will be his time to impress the Dodgers brass. Hopefully they can turn things around when the Dodgers take the field at home beginning of this week for the season opener in Los Angeles.

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  1. I was impressed with 3 of the 5 starting pitching.
    I think if Meada would have pitcher we would have won last night.

    Bullpen is garbage again. I hate watching Chris Hatcher come out of pan.

    1. If the Dodgers want to contend that is the ONE that HAS to be upgraded, and that's the BULLPEN. We saw it last year as the bullpen was the downfall. You look at teams that won the World Series the past few years and one thing you can say they had in comman was a great bullpen.

    2. I think they know that, they got Frank form the white sox, and serria from cuba.


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