The last few years, the Dodgers have made themselves famous for their terrible starts to the season. This year is no different. For the most part, the Dodgers have been dead, at the plate, on the mound, and on the field. This poor start has put the Dodgers fourth place in the NL West. If you want my opinion, it’s time to panic.
The season started off poorly when the Dodgers lost the first two games by the same score, 1-0. After that, the longest winning streak they have been able to put together is four games, three of those against the Padres. Their longest losing streak was also four games.
While the Diamondbacks have been trampling anyone and everyone in their path, the Dodgers have been struggling to look like a team who won 104 games and made it to the World Series last year. The Dodger offense is hitting .247 so far this year, with 25 home runs, and 125 runs batted in. As far as pitching goes, their collective ERA is 4.03, with a 1.28 WHIP.
- Rich Hill was put on the disabled list with a broken fingernail in his throwing hand. He later developed an infection in that finger.
- Hyun-Jin Ryu is pitching like an Ace. He’s 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in five games. He has 34 strikeouts and nine walks over 28.1 innings.
- Walker Buehler made his debut as a starter. He pitched five innings in a no-decision in his first start. In his second start, he allowed two runs and received the win.
- Justin Turner took a step toward returning by beginning to hit off a tee.
- Yasiel Puig was placed on the disabled list with a hip pointer and bruised foot.
- Corey Seager will need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He will miss the rest of the year.