Thursday, April 04, 2013

Beckett Was Done In by the Long Ball

Josh Beckett wasn't half bad.  Unfortunately, the half that was bad didn't do us any favors. 

Becket went 6 innings and gave up almost half as many hits as Ryu in his season debut.  He appeared to mix it up pretty well, but made two glaring mistakes that cost us dearly.  Both Hunter Pence and Pablo "I'm not a coach" Sandoval hit home runs. 

At the end of the day, one of the more most visible issues so for the Dodgers has been defense.  Once again, the Dodgers committed 2 errors that directly lead to runs being scored.  For this team to be successful our most able hands on the field cannot continue to make these kinds of flubs. 

Of course, the other deficiency has been at the plate.  After the first three games the Dodgers are hitting a collective .176, and has an .551 OPS.  They have left a total of 21 runners on base, 14 of whom were in scoring position.  The Dodgers have had plenty of opportunities to knock them in.  They just have not been able to execute. 

Fortunately, we couldn't possibly be this bad.  At some point, hopefully soon, the statistics will move up - closer to the mean.  In the meantime, we might be in for some hand-wringing and hair-pulling.  Or maybe, the Giants are better than we are willing to admit.

The Dodgers are off today, but will get back on the horse tomorrow with a 3 game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  If we continue to have problems with the bat this coming weekend, I fear Angelenos will think the sky is falling.

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