Talk about your microcosm of a season taking place in a span of ten games. Last week, the Dodgers took on the NL East leaders, the Phillies, and went 0-3. Then the Astros, a team that might be the biggest wreck in baseball with or without a bankruptcy, came to Los Angeles and the Dodgers disposed of them three straight times. With momentum on their side, the Dodgers flew off to beer town in Milwaukee and proceeded to roll over three of four times to the NL Central leaders. Translation: The Dodgers can’t play with the big boys. And to make matters worse, they aren’t playing in front of anyone, big, medium, or small, either.
Hard Luck Pitcher of the week: Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Nathan Eovaldi pitched wonderfully in his two starts this past week. Too bad the word wonderful can’t be used to describe the Dodgers offense when he was on the mound. On August 12th, Eovaldi pitched six scoreless innings against the Astros but the Dodgers could not score a run for him in an eventual 11 inning, 1-0 victory. He followed that up Wednesday by pitching five more scoreless innings against the Brewers only to give up two, two out runs in the sixth and was the loser in a 3-1 loss. Guess how many runs the Dodgers scored while he was on the mound? Yep, zero again.
Eovaldi (1-1, 2.12 ERA), called up from Double A the first week of August, has pitched sixteen innings in his three major league starts and given up just four runs. After giving up two runs in the third inning of his debut against Arizona, Eovaldi ran off a streak of 15 scoreless innings before the Brewers got to him.
Eovaldi is reminding some fans of starter Jon Ely who, in 2010, shot out of the gate quickly in his first call up to “The Show.” Ely proceeded to go 3-1 in May and received a lot of press as being a savior in a rotation beset by injuries. Too bad he lost four of his next five decisions and was back in the minors by mid-July. Ely never regained any momentum when the rosters expanded in September. He went 0-3 in four starts. Hopefully, Eovaldi won’t follow the same path when he faces teams the second time around.
Hitter of the week: Not much to talk about given the Dodgers scored a total of seven runs in their four games against the Brewers and currently rank fifteenth in the NL in runs scored. At least Matt Kemp justified his MVP talk a bit by showing he can hit against the best in the NL. He went 6 for 14 (.428) against the Phillies and got a hit in each game versus the Brewers.
Stopper of the Year: Cy Young Award candidate Clayton Kershaw (15-5, 2.63 ERA) pitched eight scoreless innings in Thursday’s 5-1 win over the Brewers. The Dodgers lost the day before which means Kershaw is now 7-0 this season when he pitches right after a Dodgers loss.
Half and Half
In 2011, fans at Dodger Stadium have been laughing when the announced attendance at each game, based on tickets sold rather than actual turnstile count, is easily twice the number of those actually in the seats. It seems as though the fans are absolutely right on.
Based on the count of those fans that actually come through the turnstiles, Dodger Stadium is filled to an average of only about 50% of capacity each night. For the 2011 season, the Dodgers are on pace to play in front of about 2.25 million seats that have butts in them. Assuming the 56,000 seat stadium was filled each game, the Dodgers would draw more than 4.5 million fans. Click HERE to see the details of fans stealing money out of owner Frank McCourt’s pockets.
Worst free agent signing in Dodgers history?
It may be impossible for any Dodgers free agent signing, at least as far as hitters are concerned, to be a bigger disappointment than Andruw Jones was a few years back.
Jones had averaged 39 home runs a year in his previous three seasons with the Braves (2005-2007) so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when Dodgers GM Ned Colletti signed him to a two year, $36 million deal in 2008. Jones apparently replaced his steroids with Fatburgers and ended up batting .158 with three home runs. With his belt size rapidly growing, Jones was run out of town after one terrible season. Sadly, Jones may have some company.
Juan Uribe was signed to a three year $24 million deal this off eason and has basically fallen faster than a boulder off a cliff. Uribe was batting a lowly .204 with four home runs until an injured hip placed him the 15 day DL on July 30th. The hip is not healing and Uribe won’t be with the team for the ten game road trip that began this past Monday. Uribe has been hampered by injuries all season long and has played in only 77 of the Dodgers 122 games.
Random thought-The Dodgers are pathetic this season. But I was just wondering-Have the Cubs gone from being a “lovable loser” to just “pathetic” as well? Carlos Zambrano’s latest meltdown may have created a race between the Dodgers and Cubs neither franchise wants to be in-Which historic franchise can rebuild quicker?
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