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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dodgers match worst start in franchise history

A season after reaching the World Series for the first time since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers have gone in the complete opposite direction.

The Dodgers lost to the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Wednesday night to fall to 16-26 on the season. That record matches the Marlins’ record, and also equals the worst start in Dodgers history.

The problem is Miami was not expected to be good, while the Dodgers were.

So what’s gone wrong? Too may things.

The season began with a bad omen. Despite great pitching, the Dodgers lost their first two games 1-0 because they couldn’t score. Closer Kenley Jansen was not his usual dominant self to star the season and took a while to regain his velocity. Justin Turner got hurt in spring training and didn’t make his season debut until this week. Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill, Logan Forsythe and Yasiel Puig have all been on the DL. Corey Seager is out for the season because of Tommy John surgery. The Dodgers have had a virtual All-Star team get hurt.

Fans keep waiting for things to turn around, while Dave Roberts is making unrealistic promises. At some point we may just have to conclude that it’s not happening for the Dodgers this season.



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