Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a cool and damp Tuesday in Chicago, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped both games of a doubleheader to the Chicago Cubs.
The Dodger offense was nonexistent unless they hit a home run. In the first game of the doubleheader, the top Dodger catching prospect Keibert Ruiz had a pinch-hit home run. In the second game, both Max Muncy and Justin Turner hit home runs. During their offensive funk, the Dodgers have not been able to string hits together to have a produce a prolonged rally left many runners in scoring position. These two scoring inabilities will kill any hopes of repeating as world champions or returning to the postseason unless the Dodgers can rectify their offensive problems soon.
For the first time in his thirteen-year Major-League career, Clayton Kershaw left a start after the first inning. He had nothing working, and his defense let him down. The bullpen did not pitch in the first game.
Trevor Bauer had his worst outing in his short Dodger career, but he allowed only one run in his 4.1 innings. He could not throw any of his breaking balls for strikes. Victor Gonzàlez, Blake Treinen, and Kenley Jansen pitched well, but Mitch White could not hold onto a two-run lead. Garrett Cleavinger could not keep the Cub offense scoreless for an inning.
No Dodger would ever admit that injuries have affected their ability to win, but they have. If they get some injured players back from the IL soon, they might be able to salvage the 2021 season.