With the touted bullpen crumbling before our very eyes, news from Dodgersdom just got significantly worse as the team prepared for the start of tonight’s game in San Diego.
Game two in Australia saw the Dodgers come close to blowing a 7-0 lead, as Paco Rodriguez, Jamey Wright, José Domínguez, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen surrendered five runs, all earned, on five hits and six bases on balls, over the final three innings. The team then lost its US opener to the Padres this past Sunday eve, when a masterful seven
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|shutout innings from Hyun-Jin Ryu was wasted when Brian Wilson gave up the tying and winning runs in the eight inning.
For the season, the bullpen has given up eight runs in 7-2/3 innings, for an ERA of 9.39, while starters have been brilliant, allowing a single run in 18-1/3 innings.
Those innings, however were provided from Ryu and Clayton Kershaw, and it now looks like Kershaw may very well not see action until next month. Reports this afternoon are that he will be placed on a “submaximal throwing program” for two or three weeks, before a
reevaluation, which apparently would be followed by a rehab stint before returning to major league action.
With Josh Beckett still sidelined, and with Chad Billingsley likely still a couple of months
|away from action, the strong and deep pitching staff is, three games into the season, in a state that can almost be classified as shambles.
As the Dodgers and Zack Greinke face San Diego and baseball’s foremost headhunter, former trojan brain surgeon ian kennedy today, the team has to hope that kennedy will not bounce another fastball
off of Greinke’s shoulder or off of Yaseil Puig’s head, as he has a penchant to do. The Dodgers need to leave San Diego with not just a victory today, but with no injured players, which he saying a lot about any game where the sociopath kennedy is on the mound.