Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a beautiful Friday evening, the Los Angeles Dodgers missed an opportunity to gain on the first-place San Francisco Giants when they lost to the Angels 4-to-3 in ten innings. The Dodgers have lost twelve extra-inning games.
I will predict the Dodgers will not repeat as a world champion. Every world championship team can win close games, and during the 2021 season, the Dodgers have won nine and lost twenty one-run games.
Before the game, the Dodgers announced Jimmy Nelson will undergo season-ending surgery to repair flexor. They also put Victor Gonzàlez on the ten-day IL with knee inflammation. These roster moves allowed the Dodgers to activate Trea Turner.
Clayton Kershaw is expected to pitch again for the Dodgers sometime during September. He freely admits he tried to rush back from his forearm soreness, but it backfired. After throwing a stimulated game in San Francisco, Kershaw has never thrown a ball. If the Dodgers make the postseason, Kershaw should be rested and effective.
Although Mookie Betts started Friday’s game, had two hits, and roamed right field for the first time since coming off the IL Sunday, he left the game with hip soreness. I do not think he will play this weekend. This ruins the Dodgers’ plan to platoon Cody Bellinger, who has a season-long slump. Despite displaying no power, Bellinger has a four-game hitting streak. Manager Dave Roberts believes the surgically repaired shoulder still is weak and has sapped Bellinger’s power.
While David Price pitched well for 5.1 innings, he had a no-decision since he allowed two runs. Phill Bickford, Joe Kelly, Blake Treinen, and Kenley Jansen pitched well. Neither Garrett Cleavinger nor Brusdar Graterol performed up to standard when they allowed two runs in the tenth inning.
The Dodgers’ offense did not perform the way it should. After the fourth, their offense is nonexistent.