In recent weeks, the Dodgers losing multiple games would be a call for panic and after dropping another one-run game tonight and having a four-game losing streak, there are concerns.
While there isn’t reason to panic about the recent losing ways since we’ve all seen that the baseball season has peaks and valleys given where the Dodgers came from, it’s frustrating to watch. Earlier this week, the Dodgers pushed back Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to pitch against the Reds and surprisingly dropped both decisions.
After tonight’s game, Kershaw talked to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register about the losing streak and kept an optimistic approach:
Overall, it’s a good time for us to lose some games — if we’re going to lose — so we can remember what that feeling is like and bounce back and hopefully gain some momentum and carry it through to the playoffs.
Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but still turned in seven solid innings as he only allowed two runs and left with the game tied 2-2. During starts against the Cubs and Rockies Kershaw has been hit harder than earlier in the season, but he’s still the odd-on favorite to win the NL Cy Young award.
The Dodgers begin a seven-game home stand tomorrow night against the Diamondbacks and the Giants as they’ll finish the year playing teams in the NL West exclusively.
Despite the losing streak, the Dodgers still have an 11-game lead in the NL West and it’s good to hear Kershaw and the team not freaking out as they have adversity for the first time in a while.
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