The Los Angeles Dodgers have been swept in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium by their “traditional rivals,” the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers dropped a 3-7 home series to the Giants on April 19. The three-game sweep, which followed a three-game series on Aug. 17-18, marked the first time in 11 years that the Dodgers were swept by the Giants at Dodger Stadium since Aug. 21-23, 2012. 2012 was also the last time the Dodgers failed to make the postseason.먹튀검증
With the loss, the Dodgers fell to 39-33 and dropped one spot to third place in the National League (NL) West. San Francisco (39-32), riding a seven-game winning streak, moved into second place and swapped places with the Dodgers. It’s been 1753 days (4 years, 9 months, 18 days) since the Dodgers were in third place in the division since Aug. 31, 2018.
As good as the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks (43-29) and San Francisco are, the Dodgers’ recent form has been just as bad. They’re 12-18 in their last 30 games, with a winning percentage of just 4 percent, and are on the fall baseball cutoff line for the third NL wild card. At this point in the season, it’s surprising that the Dodgers are in a position to worry about fall ball.
While the offense has good firepower, ranking fourth in team OPS (.775), the bullpen has fallen apart, ranking 25th in team ERA (4.66). Only Clayton Kershaw is a regular in the starting rotation, but Julio Urias, Dustin May, Tony Gonsalves, and Noah Syndergaard have all been sidelined by injury. The bullpen ranks 29th in the league in ERA (5.04).
The three-game series in San Francisco was self-destructive, with defensive miscues. Game 18 was a humiliating 0-15 debacle, with monster rookie Bobby Miller going down for the first time, giving up seven runs in 5⅔ innings. Game 19 saw Gonsolin, in his third start since returning from injury, go down for a career-high seven runs in 5⅔ innings. The batting lineup was also indecisive, going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
“The Dodgers are now officially the third-best team in baseball. If they can’t break out of their month-long slump, the drop in the standings could be just the beginning.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “When you don’t win games, everything is magnified. If you look at the last two weeks, there are a lot of things we didn’t do well. We’re not playing clean baseball, fundamental baseball. We’ve got to focus on the little things and not just try to win.”
Dodgers center fielder Freddie Freeman said, “It’s one of those things that comes with the territory. “We’re too good for where we are right now. We have to be better than we are.” “It’s hard to give a specific answer as to why this is happening. We just have to play better.”
The Dodgers have a day off on the 20th before returning home for a two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on the 21st. Ace Kershaw will take the mound for the 21st with the team desperate to end the losing streak.