The Dodgers looked lifeless and disinterested last night for two reasons: 1. THEY WERE! 2. IT’S COLORADO!
The game didn’t mean anything as the Dodgers had a 2 game lead over the Indians going into last night game. Today, they have 102 wins and the Indians have 101. Kershaw pitches today and I have a sneaking feeling Darvish will pitch Sunday.
Ryu should probably never pitch at Coors again. Even Clayton has difficulty there, but Ryu just should be left in LA when they head to Coors. Possibly, it’s just the “sidestream smoke” that affected his ability to pitch. Who knows?
The fact that the Rockies his so well at Coors should not be left out of this equation. It takes time to learn to pitch at Coors and it also takes time to learn to hit. Pitches break differently and hitters have to adjust. It’s much harder for team who just plays a few games there each year to figure that out. For some reason, it’s harder for the Dodgers.
Charlie Blackman is hitting .276 on the road, but is hitting .388 at Coors Field. Nolan Arenado is hitting .283 on the road and .333 at Coors (but for his career, he is below .260 on the road). These guys know how to rake in Denver and I’m not blowing smoke.
I thought Buehler looked good, but Coors is an issue for him and Cingrani. Pedro Baez aka/El Gasolino pitched 1.2 shutout innings. Incredible. The Dodgers may have to re-think their playoff rotation after yesterday. Early in the season, Alex Wood pitched 6 innings of shutout ball at Coors with 10 strikeouts, but that was when his velocity and movement was of the wipeout variety. He ain’t that guy anymore. I can see him in the pen or the rotation. It very well may come down to using 3 starters in the playoffs. That’s what I would do. None of them is really overworked.
All the team has to do is win one of the next two games. I like the odds! I am up at the Indiana Dunes State Park in Michigan City, Indiana on Lake Michigan for the weekend with the wife and my daughter and son-in-law for a little getaway this weekend, but we have wi-fi and I’ve got the game.
- I know that the Dodgers are considering Tim Locastro for the playoff Roster, but when it comes right down to it, I can’t see him making it. There are other, more-pressing needs.
- I don’t know why so many fans think Kyle Farmer will make the playoff roster. I guess I could be wrong, but I don’t see it.
- Chris Taylor will be back today.