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The Dodgers Tried to Comeback in The Ninth But Fell Short to The Rockies

There was some good and bad news that came out the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the Rockies.  The good news is Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched for more than four innings, but the bad is he gave up 4 runs giving him a .587  ERA.  The other good news is while holding the Rockies, to four runs they mounted a comeback in the ninth by adding two to their one run they scored in the fourth.  The bad news is that the comeback was neither good for a tie nor win the game.  This is what Dave Roberts had to say about the comeback.

 “We were good in the ninth inning,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Our guys aren’t going to lay down. They’re going to keep competing. It was good to see us stress them.”

What would have been nice to into tonight’s game with a win because they will be facing their nemesis in the form of a left-handed pitcher Tyle Anderson. Even though they have been their problems facing a left-handed pitcher, they were able to rough him up the last time they met. I hope they have the same success again tonight.

They Rockies will be facing Clayton Kershaw who they roughed up the last time they met when they scored two home runs in a row.  I hope there is not a repeat tonight.

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Last Nights’ Finale Loss to The Diamondbacks Exposed The Dodgers Achilles Heal

Last nights’ loss to the Diamondbacks might have exposed a the Dodgers’ Achilles Heal.  Some Dodgers’ fans rightfully would tell me not to worry because the season is still young.  I would probably agree with them if the exposed Achilles Heal was any other area but this one.  And what area am I so worry about, you ask?

And I reply. The exposed area is in their pitching rotation and to be more specific, the inning pitched.

The only pitcher that lasted well into the game is the Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw while the others bearly make it five innings. This played out again last night when Brandon McCarthy left the game after five innings.

The game Dodgers had been up 2-0 when McCarthy gave up two runs that tied the game.  His early departure force overworked relievers to finish up, and it resulted in the Diamondbacks getting two more runs to break the tie and win the game.

Why were the relievers overworked?  Because they had to work extra innings after early departures of other starting pitchers.  Below I have statistics that will make my case.

Innings The Pitched 

Clayton Kershaw       21.1

Brandon McCarthy    17.0

Kenta Maeda             14.0

Hyun-Jin Ryu              9.1

Rich Hill                      8.0  (Hill played in two games because he was on the DL)

Game Logs 

Clayton Kershaw 

04/14 vs ARI W 7-1 8.1 4 1 1 0 1 8 9 11 29 100 W(2-1) 2.53
04/08 @ COL L 2-4 6.0 8 4 4 3 0 6 11 9 26 100 L(1-1) 3.46
04/03 vs SD W 14-3 7.0 2 2 1 1 0 8 6 10 24 84 W(1-0) 1.29

Brandon McCarthy

04/17 vs ARI L 2-4 5.0 5 2 2 0 3 8 7 3 21 86 2.12
04/12 @ CHC W 2-0 6.0 4 0 0 0 3 4 8 6 21 91 W(2-0) 1.50
04/06 vs SD W 10-2 6.0 4 2 2 1 1 4 8 10 23 78 W(1-0) 3.00

Kenta  Maeda 

04/15 vs ARI W 8-4 4.0 4 4 4 1 1 5 3 8 17 71 7.07
04/09 @ COL W 10-6 5.0 5 4 4 1 1 5 5 11 22 83 W(1-1) 6.30
04/04 vs SD L 0-4 5.0 6 3 3 1 2 4 6 9 21 75 L(0-1) 5.40

Hyun-Jin Ryu

04/13 @ CHC L 0-4 4.2 6 4 4 2 2 5 6 7 21 77 L(0-2) 5.79
04/07 @ COL L 1-2 4.2 6 2 2 1 1 5 8 7 21 77 L(0-1) 3.86

Rich Hill

04/16 vs ARI L 1-3 3.0 5 2 2 1 2 2 4 7 15 54 L(1-1) 3.38
04/05 vs SD W 3-1 5.0 2 1 1 1 3 5 6 4 18 75 W(1-0) 1.80

Alex Wood (Even though Wood isn’t part of the starting rotation, He did take Hill’s place for the Chicago series and will back in place of Hill again. Hill is on the DL again.)

04/15 vs ARI W 8-4 3.1 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1 12 41 W(1-0) 1.00
04/10 @ CHC L 2-3 3.2 3 2 1 0 5 4 4 6 19 70 1.59
04/05 vs SD W 3-1 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 7 22 H(1) 0.00

I want to start with Alex Wood since he will be back in the rotation.  He only lasted 3.2 innings in his only start.  That resulted in six innings being filled by relievers,

Then you have Hill who has not got past five innings and leaving Sunday’s game after three because of a reoccurring blister.  Again relievers have to come into the game for four and six innings respectfully.

These early departures from games are putting a strain on the relievers.  Unlike Kershaw who last six innings and sometimes seven where you use maybe two or three relievers, you are using four to six relievers.  These early departures are happening on regular basis and thus the relievers are pitching more with less rest.  If this pace of early departures keeps up, the relievers will be burnt out by the All-Star Break.

So the Dodgers are either gonna have to find some way of getting longevity from their starters or seriously look into making replacements.  Neither option has easy answers.

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The Dodgers Have Place Hyun-Jin Ryu Back On The DL

Espn’s Doug Padilla has reported that the Dodgers have placed left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu  back on the DL. He went back on DL because of elbow tendinitis.  He has played in only one game so far this season against the Padres about two weeks ago.

Ryu has a had a rough going this year.  He struggled through spring training and most of the season to make a comeback from elbow surgery. The surgery  has kept from the mound for two years.

Since putting Ryu on the DL  again, the Dodgers have activated Joc Pederson who played against the Washington Nationals.

No one has been named to replace him on the mound.

Click here to read Doug Padilla’s whole story.

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Nineteen Year Old Julio Urias to Open Up The Dodgers Brewers Three Game Series

Tonight will be one full month for Julio Urias as a starter for the Dodgers as he opens up the Dodgers-Brewers series.  While he has yet to past 5 1/2 innings he has racked up 32 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.  According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, this is the most strikeouts for a Dodgers’ rookie since 2013 when Hyun-jin Ryu had 46 in six starts of his first month. But, Ryu was not technically a rookie at the time because he had seven years  experience in South Korea.

Stephen writes the last real Dodgers’ rookie that had the most in his first month was Hong-Chih Kuo who had 42 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings 2006.

Urias is tied with Ralph Branca for the most strikeouts by a teenager.  Branca had 29 in August 1945 and then topped it with 32 in September according to Stephen.

You can read more of Eric Stephens article about Julio Urias and the upcoming Dodgers-Brewers series by going to this link.