It’s been a slow start to the season. The Dodgers have won four of seven and currently sit in third place. One-fifth of the original starting rotation (Rich Hill) is already on the DL. That’s him at the top of the page. Clayton Kershaw gave up three home runs in one game including back to back home runs. Never happened before.
Hitting left handed pitchers is still a problem. The Dodgers lost two of three games in which the opposition started a left handed pitcher.
The offense has shown both signs of strength (lots of homers, especially Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager, and Yasmani Grandal) and signs of ineptitude (shut out once, scored one run once, and scored two runs once). Seager has already made a couple of errors in the field, likely due to too little time on the Spring Training field. Puig has already committed at least two TOOTBLAN’s (Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop). The first was an outright TOOTBLAN, when he tried to steal third base with two outs and down by three runs. The second was a head scratching TOOTBLAN, when he was doubled off first base, because he didn’t see the umpire signal that Gonzalez’ single was a trap and not a catch.
Tonight (at 5:05 pm PDT / 8:05 EDT), the Dodgers bring their slow starting team into Chicago to play the World Championship Cubs.