Padres suck ass.
It's okay. We play them in september THREE DIFFERENT SERIES. I'm sure we'll snap them out of their funk. And they'll be the reason we don't play in October.
AND to make matters worse, the Dodgers' pen has pitched 402.1 innings. Only the STL Cardinals have pitched more innings (404.2!!) and remain serious Wild Card contenders. I'm not counting Houston and NYY as serious yet. So, besides STL, HOU and NYY, all of the other teams whose pen has pitched more innings are all out of playoff contention. So... the Dodgers' pen has been taxed by overuse and been weakened by injuries. But... after all of that... has been one of the best statistical pens in the league.
And with all of that, the Cubs pen has lost 16 games (only 2 less than LA) & with a much better offense... So, I ask you... which bullpen is worse? I hope you say LA. That'll just make my day...
If the Doyers want to place blame, they should look in the mirror first.
D-Backs win... Dodgers still 2 out.Quote:
Originally Posted by Yahoo Power Rankings
Arizona needs to start losing some games or the Dodgers won't have to worry about a race for the division for much longer.
To clear the whole bullpen thing up...
As opposed to the first half of the season, especially in the past 10-15 games, the Dodgers have been entering late into almost every game with either the lead or a tie. Before last night's loss to the Rockies - which was only by one run - I have to go back to the St. Louis series to find a game where the Dodgers were neither tied nor winning late in the game.
What this means is that the bullpen as of late is being given very little margin for error. In the past, when we just flat out sucked and were losing a lot of games well before the 7th inning, nobody gave a **** if the bullpen gave up a couple runs later in the game because they were effectively "meaningless" runs. Now when it's happening, this is when we lose games because we're actually doing a pretty good job in the first 7 innings.
I also wouldn't necessarily disagree that the bullpen has struggled, a bit, I just don't know what the numbers are for the past 2.5 weeks vs. the rest of the season. We can mostly attribute this to an expected, sporadic dip in performance in conjunction with the loss of Saito and Wade.
Point being...when nearly every game you're playing is with a close lead or tie late in the game, the bullpen comes under the microscope more heavily than normal. So when they get the losses, we notice it more.
With that said, the Dodgers bullpen overall over the year has been great, and the numbers support that.
Who bets Maddux gets shelled in the 3rd?
edit: That's a nice lineup. The difference between nice and sick is injecting Furcal into that SS spot and batting him first.
Watch Kent go 0-5 and see if he thinks it's all him and not Manny. Too bad Vinny isn't calling it.