Why the Dodgers suck in the NLCS

19 10 2009

I knew I’d be writing this blog post immediately after dropping my fourth f-bomb in the first inning of last night’s 11-0 Dodgers loss to the Phillies. Hiroki Kuroda turned in a gutless 39-pitch performance over a meager 1 1/3 innings, a span in which he permitted six earned runs on six hits. Ryan Howard tripled off him. Then Jayson Werth went yard off him. That was just the first inning.

Kuroda allowed doubles to Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins in the second inning (somehow managing an out in between) before getting pulled in favor of  Scott Elbert. You want to know the real reason for his horrific performance? Check out his luck with his four-seam fastball.

Kuroda threw his four-seamer 23 times (remember he tossed 39 pitches). The good results he attained were two foul balls, four called strikes, a swinging strike and a ground out. As for the bad…

He tossed 12 balls (remember, he earned just seven strikes) plus a single, a double, a triple and a home run. So he effectively gave up the cycle even though he faced just 10 batters. Hence, the litany of f-bombs.

Here’s a more wide-encompassing reason why the Dodgers are down two games to one:

They’re 4-for-23 (.174) with runners in scoring position. They managed a .259 batting average with runners in scoring position during the regular season. That’s still a poor mark, but it’s no .174.  Just as concerning is their 1-for-11 (.091) showing with two outs and at least one runner in scoring position.

And if that didn’t top it off, there’s the fact that the squad hasn’t managed an extra-base hit since Andre Ethier doubled in the seventh inning of Game 1. That’s 73 batters and eight singles since the last extra bagger, if you were wondering.

Let’s see if the Dodgers can provide some sort of turnaround tonight.




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