I think the problem lately is that we also never imagined a 3-8 stretch as painful as the one we just witnessed.
The good news?
I don’t think the Dodgers have anything to worry about.
In those eight games, the Dodgers have seen Michael Young, Scott Van Slyke, Juan Uribe, Mark Ellis and Skip Schumaker all hit either third, fourth or fifth in the lineup.
Safe to say that won’t be the case come October.
Also, consider that in seven of the eight losses, the Dodgers have lost by a combined 10 runs.
So despite the putrid lineups Don Mattingly has been left to send out there, the Dodgers are still competing — they’re just coming up short.
What about the pitching?
First up was Edinson Volquez — the same guy who leads the major leagues in earned runs allowed this season — giving up four runs in four innings.
Then there was the game Capuano was forced to leave with a groin injury after 1.2 innings.
Of course, we won’t soon forget about Nolasco’s nightmare a couple nights ago — but we can’t blame much of this slide on the starters, because the team has also wasted great performances from Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.
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