Dodgers News: Early Results Don’t Match Friedman’s Expectations

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers had another come from behind win Saturday, fighting back from a deficit to the Arizona Diamondbacks three times on a night when most eyes were on the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas.

The home win was the Dodgers’ 12th of the season, which leads the Majors heading into play Sunday, and they’ve lost only twice at home. A key factor in jumping out to the strong record at Dodger Stadium has been the waves of home runs

While a 15-8 record is largely par for course for a team with a payroll in excess of $270 million, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the on-field results don’t match his expectations, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

I know what I expected and what I’m seeing don’t match up,” Friedman said. “But the fact that I haven’t been here for past seasons makes that less meaningful.”

Friedman went on to praise the depth on the roster and effective bullpen that was a question mark heading into the season:

We’re just playing good baseball. It has been a well-rounded attack. We’ve gotten contributions from our entire roster. .. The bullpen has been pitching really well and that’s allowed us to come back in games or tack on runs when we’ve had a lead.”

If there’s been one disappointment for the Dodgers this season outside of the injuries that ravished the starting rotation, it’s the club’s 3-6 road record. Included in that is being swept during a three-game series by the San Francisco Giants, who at the time were 1-9 in their last 10 games heading into the series between the storied rivals.

After concluding their home series with the Diamondbacks Sunday, the Dodgers hit the road Monday for a seven-game road trip that will take them to Milwaukee and Colorado without a day off.


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