AWOL: Dodgers Offense

1:07 PM | Comments (0) | by Governor X

Does anyone remember where we put the Dodgers' offense? I can't seem to find it...

Shutout 1-0 last night in Cincy, the Dodgers lost their sixth straight game and are currently tied with Colorado in 3rd place. It wasn't that long ago they had the best record in the National League.

Six straight isn't the biggest problem though. In those six games, they've been shutout four times. Chad Billingsley has lost games 1-0 twice in the past week. That won't screw with a young pitcher's mind or anything will it? Tonight was the third shutout in a row which hasn't happened to LA in 41 years. They are 1 for 41 with runners in scoring position during this losing streak.

So what happened? Hell if I know. I theorize its a combination of two factors:

1. The old guys have run out of gas. Nomar, Kent, and Gonzalez are old. Old people don't have the stamina we young folks do. Thats why they complain so much. The kids are good, but its a little much to ask guys under 25 to carry a major league offense.

2. Despair has set in. Losing Schmidt and Wolf has completely devastated the starting rotation & the Dodgers weren't able to acquire a stop-gap at the trade deadline. Even one of the crappy back up starters (Kuo) is gone for the year. Realistically, I don't think they have a chance in hell of catching Arizona or San Diego with Brett Tomko and Mark Hendrickson in the rotation, and maybe the team doesn't either. If they have given up, I put the blame for that squarely on Grady Little. Its his job to keep millionaires motivated.

There's good news though. The Broncos open their season in exactly one month.

Can Jay Cutler hit a curve ball with a runner on 2nd?

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