Fri, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Jerad Eickhoff
Sat, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Zach Eflin
Sun, 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs Nick Pivetta
Random rantings and ravings about the Los Angeles Dodgers, written by a small consortium of rabid Dodger fans. With occasional comments on baseball, entertainment, pop culture, and life in general.
Mon, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Matt Cain (!)
SF 2, LAD 1
Tues, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Ty Blach
LAD 2, SF 1. Bellinger debut.
Wed, 7p: Alex Wood vs Johnny Cueto
SF 4, LAD 3 (10)
Thurs, 12:45p: Julio Urias vs Matt Moore
We didn't put a thread for yesterday's game AND NO ONE COMPLAINED. But it's Kershaw Day today so let's do this shit right! Matchups to come...
4/18, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Kyle Freeland
COL 4, LAD 3
4/19, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Tyler Anderson
LAD 4, COL 2
Are we back in time? Did we jump in the DeLorean and punch it to 88 mph and travel all the way back to...2016? Because all this seems awfully familiar: flailing vs. lefties, pitchers not named Clayton unable to go past five innings, a bullpen taxed with nigh-impossible expectations. Heck, even Ethier and Hill are back on the DL. Will a brief two-game series against the first-place Rockies cure what ails us? Did Marvin Berry and the Starlighters write "Johnny B. Goode"?
Four-game series with the Diamondbacks kicks off tonight in true form, with Friday Night Fireworks Sponsored by Denny's, set to the music of Billy Joel! Oh, and there are these two familiar guys who used to play on the same team, now squaring off against each other. I suppose that's interesting as well.
Saturday involves the unveiling of our Jackie Robinson statue (complete with replicas given away at the Stadium); Sunday gives away a Kenta Maeda fathead, and Monday doesn't offer anything except the best starting pitcher on the Dodgers so far (statistically speaking, of course). Somewhere in there, it would be nice to end the series back above .500. But that goal seems awful slippery when playing with these 7-3 snakes.
Friday: Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.46) vs. Zack Greinke (1-0, 2.31), 7p
DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1
Saturday: Kenta Maeda (1-1, 6.30) vs. Patrick Corbin (1-1, 1.80), 6p
DODGERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 4. Happy Jackie Robinson Day!
Sunday: Rich Hill vs. Tajuan Walker (1-1, 4.91), 1p
DIAMONDBACKS 3, DODGERS 1. Blistered.
Monday: Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.50) vs. Robbie Ray (1-0, 2.19), 7p
DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 2
4/8, 5:10p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jon Gray
ROCKIES 4, DODGERS 2
4/9, 12:10p: Kenta Maeda vs. Tyler Anderson
DODGERS 10, ROCKIES 6
Brandon McCarthy (0-0, -.--) vs. Jered Weaver (0-0, -.--)
In the current divisive political climate of this country, a return to McCarthyism might not be something that we should be celebrating. But given the abyss of the back end of the Dodgers' starting rotation, we may as well give Brandon a shot here. Brandon has already "earned" $28M of his $48M, four-year contract with the Dodgers, pitching a total of 63 innings and delivering five wins and 73 strikeouts. Let's see if he can overcome his elbow and hip maladies and earn us a series win in today's early game.
Rich Hill (0-0, -.--) vs Trevor Cahill (0-0, -.--).
It's cHill versus Cahill! The Padres starter is a righty, so we can reasonably expect the Dodgers to score 14 runs tonight. That's how it works, right?
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