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Colorado Rockies: series preview against the Diamondbacks

13 Setiembre 2017

I wrote at the start of this year, quoting a key Dodgers insider, that the front office built the team to win 95 or more games, but the key to the season was simply making sure that presumptive playoff starters Kershaw, Hill and Julio Urias were fresh, and not taxed, when October began. The loss was charged to Pedro Baez, his third in five September appearances.

Desperate times beget desperate measures, but there is one classic slump-busting remedy that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has yet to try with his lineup.

The game was just another in what has turned into Bizarro World for the Dodgers. Except they always seem to have trouble with the Giants. Neither of those teams was on pace to challenge the major league record for wins in a season, or being talked about as potentially one of the greatest teams of all time, as this year's squad was before its recent tailspin. The 1944 Brooklyn team lost 16 straight games.

For the Rockies on Monday night, they will have rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland on the mound. "But it's still the same guys that we had when we were playing really good baseball".

Left-handed hitters continued to tee off against Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda as Jarrett Parker took the Japanese right-hander deep to start the second inning.

NOTES: During the 2-hour, 52-minute delay, the Dodgers reportedly balked at scheduling a makeup game on Thursday, noting it would eliminate the only off day on their schedule between Aug. 28 and Sept. 28. Cueto has a 4.26 ERA in nine home starts this year. The omission could be because some databases only recognize wins and losses and when the Giants' season is calculated, there is an interruption in a streak that is widely known to hardcore baseball fans as the one to beat. Two more in San Francisco this week, and then three in Los Angeles next weekend.

The 2018 season will mark just the sixth time that the Dodgers have opened the regular season in the month of March after previously doing so in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2011 and 2014, when they faced the Diamondbacks in the Opening Series in Sydney, Australia.

Colorado Rockies: series preview against the Diamondbacks

McCutchen hit a two-run shot in the first, and Marte did likewise in the second.

Getting back to basics such as smartly running the bases and capitalizing with strong situational hitting are among Roberts' focuses. The Giants finish the 2018 season with a six-game set at AT&T Park against the Padres and Dodgers. We found a way to get a win.

Over the past 16 games, this Dodger offense has hit at an anemic.200 clip while averaging only 2.4 runs per game.

Although the pitching unit as a whole has struggled, the Dodgers starting pitching hasn't been up to snuff. The Yankees now have a 3.5 game lead over Minnesota for the first AL Wild Card after the Twins split a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals.

"There's nothing I could say to them that would make a difference right now", he said.

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been doing rather awful lately. Plus, the Giants are having a lousy year and shouldn't be taking down arguably the best pitcher in baseball. He struck out Dodgers leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson on five pitches, but then a lightning delay halted the proceedings.

Colorado Rockies: series preview against the Diamondbacks