The Dodgers Fell Apart

Monday, September 13, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Well, the Los Angeles Dodgers fell apart during the seventh inning as they lost to the San Diego Padres 7-to-2.

Clayton Kershaw had six innings, but he tired in the seventh. Both Pedro Báez and Blake Treinen were victimized by bad Dodger defense. No Dodger fan wants to recall the seventh inning on September 13th, 2020.

On the trading deadline, the Padres improved themselves while the Dodgers did not. Since 2006, the Padres have not been to the postseason. They want to do everything to win. Undoubtedly, both the Padres and the Dodgers will go to the 2020 postseason. However, unless the Dodgers play better than the last ten games, winning the seven consecutive division titles by the Dodgers is in jeopardy.

Currently, the Dodger starting rotation is in shambles. Although Clayton Kershaw has had a good year, the rest of the rotation has not performed the way the Dodgers thought it would. Walker Buehler began the season slowly, and then he developed a blister. He already missed ten days, and now he is on the IL.

When left-handed David Price opted out of the 2020 season, the Dodgers thought right-handed Ross Stripling would be a good replacement. In Stripling’s two starts, he looked like a Cy Young award candidate, but then, he performed poorly. When Dodger President Andrew Friedman traded Stripling’s ERA was 5.61.

The Dodgers allowed left-handed Alex Wood to rejoin them, after having an awful season while with the Cincinnati Reds. Wood has pitched poorly in 2020, even after returning from the IL when he had left shoulder inflammation. Wood’s ERA is a 4.23 ERA.

Although Julio Urìas had a fantastic performance Sunday against the Houston Astros, he has struggled in 2020. For several years, the Dodgers have protected Urìas. This year, he has not had a good command of his fastball. Without his fastball, he can’t throw his three other pitches effectively.

Both Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin have been pleasant surprises for the Dodgers during the 2020 season. Although they have performed beyond expectations, they still have struggled at times. Learning to pitch on the Major-League level is difficult.

For the first month and two weeks, the Dodger bullpen was amazing. Since then, the bullpen has struggled. This isn’t surprising since no bullpen can perform flawlessly. In every season, pitchers and hitters go through slumps. Nevertheless, in 2020, no team can afford slumps and win its division.

The Dodger hitters have performed well, but at no time during the 2020 season, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, and Joc Pederson have performed up to expectations.

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