There Are Reasons to Be Concerns

Sunday, April 10, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Under extremely windy conditions that affected the play in Denver, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Colorado Rockies 9-to-4. The Dodgers began the regular season losing two out of three games.

For the entire spring training and the regular season, most Dodger fans have been worried about Cody Bellinger’s offense. Although in his last at-bat, he struck out, he had two hits and a walk on Sunday. Coming off a brutal 2021 offensive performance caused mainly by multiple injuries, Bellinger wants to rebound. Sunday, he proved he still can be an above-average center fielder. The fierce wind did not faze him. The Dodgers and their fans need to exhibit patience with Bellinger as he works hard to regain his ability to be the main contributor to the Dodgers’ success.

Whereas the Dodgers and their fans should not be overly concerned about Bellinger, they need to be concerned about Julio Urías who did not look like himself Sunday. Urías’ velocity was down, and his pitches did not have any movement. Coming to Camelback Ranch, he was drastically lighter. He has a long history of arm injuries, and the Dodgers hope Urías will perform better than today when he pitches at Dodger Stadium.

The unsung hero of the Colorado series was the Dodger bullpen. They performed well even though they have been scored upon. Both Mitch White and Evan Phillips pitched well Sunday and saved the Dodgers from overusing their bullpen.

In the fourth inning, the Dodgers scored their four runs with the aid of a dropped fly ball. During the Colorado series, with the exception of Chris Taylor and Gavin Lux, the Dodger offense could not produce enough. Although the media has compared the 2022 Dodger lineup to the 1927 New York Yankees, “Murders’ Row,” the Dodgers have not yet shown they can score at will.

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