Oddly enough it’s coming from the Dodger bullpen at Busch Stadium. Actually, it’s a traveling dumpster fire that has migrated from Los Angeles to St. Louis.
Last night the Dodger bullpen reared its ugly head yet again when Scott Elbert came in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu in the seventh inning. And it’s not like they’re giving up the daggers to the likes of Matt Holliday or Yadier Molina. On Friday in Game 1 it was Matt Carpenter who was slumping this season batting .272/.375/.375. Last night in Game 3, it was Kolten Wong. Wong batted .153/.194/.169 in 32 games last season and improved to a .249/.292/.388 slash line this season.
The Dodgers are getting beat by Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong. If that doesn’t signal the fire alarms, I don’t know what will.
That’s what made those two defeats seem a lot more hopeless that it actually was. In both games the Dodgers had the tying runs on base when they made the final out.
For better or for worse the two teams are back at it today. The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound which doesn’t leave me flushed with panic as much as some other Dodger fans out there. After all, Kershaw did pitch six innings in St. Louis in Game 2 of the NLCS last year giving up only an unearned run on two hits. Yeah, the Dodgers lost that game, but you couldn’t pin the blame on Kershaw.