Let’s just face it. The Dodgers are playing terrible baseball right now. With a 19.5 game lead, a magic number of 11, and in a tie for the best record in baseball, everything is coming undone. And it’s times like these where you know they will find a way to lose. On Monday night, it was via a costly error and, once again, cold bats.
The “costly play” came in the 6th inning when Dustin May was already in trouble. The first two Padres reached base to lead off the 6th before Josh Naylor hit an RBI single into center field. With the score 3-1, it should have just made it 3-2. But A.J. Pollock‘s throw went through Justin Turner‘s leg and into the Dodger dugout to score the tying run.
Pollock was charged with the error on the play, but it’s clear that he’s not the only one at fault. Let me be clear. Pollock should have thrown to Corey Seager. But Turner is at fault for letting the ball through his legs. He broke the number one rule of fielding a ball on the ground: stay down. But even after him, May should have been there to back up the throw. He should have known that the ball would be thrown to third and he, therefore, should have been backing it up. But instead, he was just hanging out on the line and was clearly surprised the ball got past Turner.
Now let’s shift gears and focus on the poor Dodger offense. They’re looking lethargic at the plate and their numbers are outrageous. The Dodgers, the team notorious for grinding out at-bats and wearing down opposing pitchers, struck out 13 times, went 1-10 with RISP, and left 18 men on base.
And we wonder why they keep losing. HERE’S THE ANSWER: THEY’RE NOT HITTING! Max Muncy went hitless last night, Cody Bellinger took an 0-for, Seager was hitless, and Will Smith went 0-4. Whey can’t the Dodgers win? None of their big guys are hitting right now.
The Dodgers will look for redemption after last night as they send Walker Buehler out to face Cal Quantrill. Buehler is 10-3 with a 3.16 ERA after going 7 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays in his last start. Quantrill is 6-4 with a 3.32 ERA and last faced the Dodgers on August 3 when he allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.