The New York Yankees’ road trip got off to a sour note in Oakland against the Athletics. They were swept and looked in shambles while doing it. Immediately after, against a better Dodgers team, the Yankees responded with two wins at Dodger Stadium. They could have very well been looking ahead to the Dodgers while they were in Oakland and that seemed to be the case given the results. That series really has Dodgers’ fans questioning their team yet again.
It almost felt like the World Series all over again. Play excellent ball all season and then lose when it matters most. Don’t worry, Dodgers’ fans, check the calendar it’s only August. They might be able to extract some revenge in October on the Yankees under much larger circumstances.
That said, they’re going to have to get rid of the choke gene in the meantime. The Dodgers make the short trip south to San Diego for a three-game series against the Padres. They will stay on the road after that with four games in the desert against the Diamondbacks. It won’t be a full week until they’re back home.
I wouldn’t be too nervous if I were a Dodgers’ fan after what happened this weekend, but it does remind people how this team has been unable to get over the hump in recent memory. A road trip away from Dodger Stadium might be the best to take their mind off what just happened in Los Angeles.
Rookie Dustin May will be called upon to get the Dodgers back on track. He has shown early in his career why the Dodgers are excited about him. May is coming off the worst outing of his carer in Atlanta. We’ll see how he responds in his second appearance against the Padres in his career. Eric Lauer is expected to counter for the Padres. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Padres pick.
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Dustin May found out in Atlanta that this whole pitching in the major leagues thing isn’t going to be as easy as it was in earlier starts. May was hitting all of the right points against the Cardinals and Marlins prior to that outing, as he allowed just 2 runs in 11.1 innings of work. That all came crashing down on him against the Braves.
Atlanta were able to get to May for 4 runs in 2 innings. The bullpen had a great game for the Dodgers, allowing just 1 more run on the day, but the damage was already done and the Dodgers swallowed a 5-3 loss. His other loss came against this Padres squad, which was his debut in the majors.
May wasn’t horrible, with 3 earned runs allowed in 5.2 innings, but he definitely could have been better. It was his first ever start, so he gets a free pass on that one, though. Since that outing, May has posted an ERA of 2.65 with a 1.12 WHIP in his previous three showings.
He takes on a lineup that haven’t scored more than 4 runs since August 17th. And in six of the Padres’ last seven games, they’ve notched 3 or less runs. It was enough yesterday afternoon thanks to a standout performance by Joey Lucchesi. Against the Dodgers, though, the offense is going to need to provide some help.
Lauer goes into this one with an ERA of 4.85, 1.85 WHIP, and .410 OBA in his last three tilts. With that, his ERA could have been much higher than it ultimately was in those starts. He put a lot of runners on base, with 20 hits and 4 walks yielded in the three games. Look for the Dodgers to get a pick-me-up in San Diego against the Padres on Monday night with a win in the series opener.