4th place Dodgers take on 1st place Diamondbacks
As April turns to May the Dodgers head to Arizona where they take on the 1st place Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks aren’t just in first place, they have won every series so far this year and take a sparkling 19-8 record into the four-game match. The Dodgers could sweep the Diamondbacks and still be three games back of 1st place.
Much has been made of the Dodgers slow start last year and how they still managed to win 104 games in 2017. This does not feel like last year. None of the pieces seem to fit right now no matter how much Dave Roberts juggles the lineup. Three catchers have now started three games as he tries to plug holes at 2nd and 3rd base. Farmer is not an everyday 3rd baseman, nor is Max Muncey.
Even with the offensive explosion in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Dodgers had a poor week. They dropped three of four games against the Giants, They lost two of three games against a very poor Miami team. This was a week in which the Dodgers needed to make some hay, instead, they laid down in it.
Now they face the best team in the National League who would like nothing more than to rub the Dodger faces further into the quagmire they have created. The Dodgers will try to counter this with Ross Stripling starting the first game of the series because Rich Hill cannot go. Why Ross Stripling? He has pitched all of fourteen innings in ten games this season. Brock Stewart was brought up yesterday, he has started every game in AAA with good results. Expect the Dodgers to be down by five runs come the fifth inning.
The Diamondbacks have not been without their own injuries. They lost a key member of their rotation for the year a few weeks ago. They haven’t had their own all-star 3rd baseman since April 2nd. They have actually batted Delcaso at clean up and won games. Right now everything is going right for the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers have to hope that stops this week. Good luck with that.
One thing that won’t happen today is someone cracking this leaderboard. A plethora of pitchers have had great games in Arizona but it is a strange list. Clayton Kershaw has done it three times, but no one else has done it more than once. They were all brilliant just that one time. Kevin Brown, Kaz Ishii, Hideo Nomo, Ramon Martinez, Chad Billingsley, Jose Lima, Chan Ho Park, Zack Greinke, Brad Penney, Darren Dreifort, Odalis Perez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Derek Lowe. Kuroda is notable for his absence.
Player Date Opp Rslt IP H ER BB SO GSc Kevin Brown 2000-06-15 ARI W 4-0 9.0 4 0 0 10 89 Kazuhisa Ishii 2004-07-07 ARI W 11-0 9.0 1 0 1 5 89 Hideo Nomo 2003-03-31 ARI W 8-0 9.0 4 0 1 7 85 Ramon Martinez 1998-05-23 ARI W 7-1 9.0 2 1 0 6 85 Chad Billingsley 2011-05-14 ARI L 0-1 8.0 1 0 2 8 84 Jose Lima 2004-05-29 ARI W 10-0 8.0 2 0 1 7 84 Chan Ho Park 1998-07-24 ARI W 3-1 8.0 2 1 2 11 83 Clayton Kershaw 2017-07-04 ARI W 4-3 7.0 2 0 2 11 82 Zack Greinke 2015-09-13 ARI W 4-3 8.0 3 0 2 8 82 Brad Penny 2005-07-01 ARI W 7-0 8.0 3 0 1 7 82 Clayton Kershaw 2018-04-15 ARI W 7-2 7.0 2 1 0 12 81 Darren Dreifort 1998-05-22 ARI W 5-0 9.0 6 0 0 6 81 Odalis Perez 2003-07-05 ARI W 2-0 8.0 3 0 0 5 81 Clayton Kershaw 2011-05-13 ARI W 4-3 7.0 3 0 2 11 80 Hyun-Jin Ryu 2014-04-11 ARI W 6-0 7.0 2 0 1 8 80 Derek Lowe 2008-09-05 ARI W 7-0 8.0 2 0 2 4 80
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