Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
A 5-to-2 loss to the Houston Astros snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak.
The offense could not do much with the Astros’ pitching. Max Muncy had an RBI single, and Sheldon Neuse had a solo home run.
For the first time since becoming a Dodger, Trevor Bauer did not have his best stuff. Although he allowed only two solo home runs to Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, at no time during the game, Bauer looked comfortable. His grit to make it through six innings and keep his team in the game should be applauded.
The new Dodger pitcher Nate Jones imploded during the seventh inning, but it happens to every Major-League pitcher.
I think many Dodger fans on social media have forgotten what a 162-game season is like. Many wins and many losses will occur, and no one can get too high about a win or too low about a loss. Every time the Dodgers lose, these fans act like the sky is falling and think President Andrew Friedman needs to trade everyone, and every time the Dodgers win, they think the team will win another world championship.
I know the media thought the 2021 Dodgers would be one of the elite baseball teams in history even before spring training began, but the media was stepping out on a limb. The most beautiful thing about baseball is no one can predict how a given team will do. Yes, on paper, the Dodgers appear to be a fantastic team, but no one foresaw that the Dodgers would suffer many injuries, and these injuries have affected the play of the Dodgers. While Mookie Betts has not been on the IL, he has not played like himself this season.
This upcoming weekend when the Dodgers have a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants, they should have both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry return to the lineup. Having these two players back should improve the Dodger offense.