Dodgers Will Never Live it Down

I wrote how embarrassed the Dodgers were after losing the first two games of their early season series against the lowly Miami Marlins, now under the stewardship of their former empty uniform non-manager don mattingly, and since then, the world that use to be occupied by the Dodgers and their fans has exploded into a mass of unrecognizable rubble, never to be the same again, as the team and its legion of unbelieving followers wakes up

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this fine Friday morn to realize it was not a nightmare, but realty, that in fact, they had lost four straight games to Miami and mattingly, and were now the laughingstock of the baseball world.

The Marlins came from behind to beat the Dodgers and rookie starter Ross Stripling, and then they beat Clayton Kershaw, a once-in-a-millennium occurrence, and they beat Scott Kazmir as expected, though
Marlins’ starter Justin Nicolino and a group of nondescript relievers holding the Dodgers to two singles and no runs was NOT expected, and then the final straw occurred last night when Kenta Maeda had the worst outing of his Dodgers’ career, though still very much good enough to win if the unpredictable and inconsistent bullpen had given him any help whatsoever.

It was a 2-2 game with two out in the seventh inning when Pedro Baez relieved Maeda with two runners on base. A single brought quickly in the go-ahead run for Miami, and that was followed with a Baez balk, bringing in the Marlins fourth run from third base. An eighth-inning home run off Baez ended the Miami scoring, as the Dodgers were again losers to mattingly’s team, 5-3.

Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez, for whom local media pundits have railed about for two years now, imploring the Dodgers to trade any or all of the team’s best young talent – Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias – to pry him away from Miami, having already suffered a series of major injuries and having a slow start to 2016, was less than impressive over six innings, allowing five hits, three walks and two runs, lowering his season’s ERA to a

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very un-starlike 4.08. Had he not had Adrian Gonzalez' number, retiring him three consecutive times with two runners on base, it may well have been a different story for Fernandez, for Maeda, for the game and for the losing streak.

The Dodgers are lucky, however, as a major diversion to media and fan attention to the team's disastrous week hit the news shortly
after the end of last night’s game – the 80 day suspension for PED use that major league baseball announced against former Dodger and reining National League batting and stolen base champ, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon.

The still under-.500 Marlins will now limp into Milwaukee for a series against the Brewers, their anticipated exuberance now ripped away by the lords of baseball and Gordon’s stupidity, and the Dodgers will begin the impossible task of redemption, as they now face the one team they seem able to beat on a regular basis, the last-place San Diego Padres. However, the shame of the last four days figures, and rightly so, to weigh heavily on their souls, and add in the fact that Alex Wood (1-2, 6.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP) will be on the mound tonight, a losing-streak-ending win is no sure thing.

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