What a display at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. It was a night the Dodgers want to forget about quickly, as they got humiliated by the Houston Astros, 12-0. Friday went down to the wire with Justin Verlander and Alex Wood. It was a classic rematch that played out like a postseason game. Saturday night told a different story, with the ‘Stros breaking it open in the 6th to take a 5-0 lead.
They tacked on 7 in the 8th and when it was all said and done, the Astros left Dodger Stadium with a 14-0 victory. In other words, the idea of getting revenge on the Astros has gone incredibly bad. They’ll have one more shot at the Astros in this series, before the Dodgers takeoff for two games in Oakland and four in Denver against a couple of tricky opponents. Neither of those series are sure wins on the road. It would be nice for them to generate some momentum for the weeks ahead. Getting swept by the Astros could have the opposite impact, though.
The Dodgers wasted a gem by Alex Wood on Friday, but JV was just a run better than Wood which was the difference. Kenta Maeda has struggled in three straight for the Dodgers now. He must get it together and hope this isn’t going to be a regular occurrence. I said it when the Dodgers made the move for Manny Machado. Throwing money at big ticket items isn’t the way to win a World Series in this age of baseball.
Heck, the Tigers had a rotation that featured Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, a lineup that included Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in their prime and they still couldn’t do it. Their payroll was in the top-5 for years. This isn’t to say that the Dodgers can’t win a World Series this season, but it’s not that easy, Magic. Note that Jose Altuve will not return today, but he is nearing a return. Carlos Correa is currently rehabbing in the minors. Guys like Alex Bregman have been stepping up in their absence. Gerrit Cole will look to steer the Astros to a sweep this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Rookie starter, Walker Buehler, will counter for the Dodgers. Head below for our free Astros vs. Dodgers pick.
Houston Astros vs. L.A. Dodgers Pick
Gerrit Cole (10-3, 2.55 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (4-4, 3.65 ERA)
The Arizona Diamondbacks have sure liked scoreboard watching this weekend. The Diamondbacks have stolen back 1st in the NL West thanks to the Dodgers poor play this weekend. While the Dodgers were struggling, the Diamondbacks were dismantling the Giants by a score of 9-3. It was their third win in four days. After all of this hype and obtaining Machado, it’d be pretty pathetic that the Dodgers don’t win the NL West.
Buehler has been adequate for the Dodgers in 2018. He’s improved considerably from the eight appearances he had as a rookie in 2017. Buehler has liked it at Dodger Stadium, as he goes into Sunday with an ERA of 2.70 and 0.88 WHIP at home. He’s allowed more than 2 runs just once, which came against the Cubs.
Gerrit Cole has been good for the Astros in 2018, just like everyone else in the Houston rotation. The former Pirate owns a 2.55 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The Dodgers have done a decent job against Cole, hitting him for a .266 batting average and .306 OBP in 79 at-bats. Justin Turner is hitting .500, Puig at a clip of .455, and Joc Pederson is hitting .571 against Cole. Matt Kemp is keeping the average down more than it should be, with his 0-for-11 stretch skewing the average. After the ugly display the Dodgers put on yesterday, I have to think they come back on Sunday motivated as ever to avoid getting swept.