Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
The Los Angeles Dodgers lost another crucial game to the San Francisco Giants 2-to-1.
While Cody Bellinger, playing first base for the first time during the 2021 season, committed a critical error that allowed the Giants to score the winning run, not many teams can win games when they do not score more than a run.
Tuesday, Max Muncy returned from missing this past weekend because he attended the birth of his first child, a daughter Sophie Kate. However, the Dodgers still are playing weakened.
After the fourth game of the season, the Dodgers have not had their projected lineup, meaning at no time they have played the Giants at full strength. Now, both Mookie Betts and Corey Seager are on the IL. The Dodger outfield has two unproven players, and they have not produced offensively yet.
When Betts has played, his offensive production has not been up to his lofty standards. Bellinger’s .163 batting average is not what the Dodgers expected.
While most Dodger fans want Andrew Friedman to pursue starting pitching at Friday’s trading deadline, the team needs offensive help, also. Chris Taylor, who earned the National League Player of the Week, Muncy, Justin Turner, and AJ Pollock cannot carry the team offensively for the next sixty games.
The Dodgers need pitching. Tonight, Julio Urías was brilliant for 5.2 innings and set a career-high for innings. Clayton Kershaw might return this Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, without Trevor Bauer, whose legal problems will probably keep him out of the rest of the season, the Dodgers do not have a defined ace. Friedman needs to acquire at least one starter to maintain their elite team status.