Monday, August 17, 2009

Dodgers beginning to fade down the stretch

The 162 game major league baseball season is a marathon by the most lax of comparisons and a triathlon by the rest. In the case of the latter the Dodgers’ arms are growing tired and looking like they could drown before they reach the shore. The arms we’re referring to are the arms of the LA pitching staff which has fallen from it’s perch as the most complete in baseball, top to bottom, even though they still posses the 2nd best ERA in the majors. Dodger closer John Broxton has failed in 3 of his last 5 save attempts which have cost them wins, Kuroda is out for an indefinite period after being hit in the head by a line drive, and the setup men have been lit up in their last two series. LA had the league’s best record for most of the season through the suspension of ManRam while holding the largest lead of any division leader, but the timely hitting has become far less consistent and all of the sudden LA’s losing most of those 1-run games they built they’re huge lead on. To make the tide even stronger, the schedule only gets more difficult for LA with the first place Cards, second place Cubs, and the Rockies who are now right behind them in the NL West. Joe Torre may have had a great run, unless the Blue Crew get some pitching help, they may make it out of the water but don’t look for them to take a long ride in the playoffs. Will LA be around come October? Let us know here and in the MLB chat rooms and team rooms.
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