Dodgers Try To End Slump

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Can’t watch the Dodgers? You can at least read about them here. CV Weekly contributor and Dodgers on Deck writer Mark Fabrick has everything you need on the Boys in Blue.

By Mark FABRICK

After wrapping up a brilliant 6-3 road trip that included series wins in Anaheim and Atlanta, the Dodgers got swept at home by the Milwaukee Brewers … the first time Los Angeles has been swept at home all year.

Not only that, but the Dodgers are now being plagued by the injury bug. The team has put six players on the disabled list in the past two weeks, including Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Let’s just say, the left side of the Dodgers infield does not look quite as intimidating with Justin Turner and Erisbel Arruebarrena in the lineup instead of Ramirez and Uribe.

The Dodgers did get the pitching reinforcements they desired by acquiring Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies and Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins. Both have been solid since coming over to Los Angeles. Correia is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts with 11 K’s and 2 BB’s in 11 innings pitched. Hernandez is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts with 10 K’s and 4 BB’s in 12 innings pitched. Obviously those are small sample sizes, but that’s more than enough to get the job done for a team’s number four and five starters.

Correia started Tuesday night’s 8-6 win against the Padres, one of his many former teams, and actually had a decent game. After giving up a first inning home run to Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, Corriea held the Padres to a run over the next four innings. The Dodgers offense took advantage of a weak Padres team and went to work.

Carl Crawford had a big night Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs, three runs scored, and his fifth home run of the year. Crawford’s last home run was on May 24. The Dodgers’ left fielder is raking in the month of August after missing most of June and July due to injuries. Crawford is putting up a .344/.375/.410 slash-line in August (that’s batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage for those of you not familiar with baseball stat lingo).

The team experienced many of the same problems that have persisted throughout the season when they were swept by Milwaukee over the weekend. The bullpen faltered in last Friday night’s 6-3 loss, wasting a solid start from Zack Greinke.  Dan Haren was completely ineffective in Sunday’s 7-2 drubbing.

After one of the toughest stretches of the schedule, the Dodgers now face one of their easiest stretches. Over the next two weeks, the only winning team the Dodgers will face is the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers have a chance to fatten up against a bevy of weak opponents including the Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Mets.

As of Wednesday the Dodgers maintained a 4½ game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West. Hernandez started Wednesday’s game against the Padres, Greinke will take the mound today.

Mark Fabrick is a writer for Dodgers on Deck, which you can visit at dodgersod.com. You can follow him on Twitter, @MarkFabrick.

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