Well, it was bound to happen sometime. Considering how badly Hendrickson had pitched in his previous three starts, putting up a WHIP of nearly two, yet still escaping with a quality start, Hendrickson was due for a bombing like this. In fact, if you look at how much luck had been on the Dodgers side over the last couple weeks, a disastrous game like this was pretty much guaranteed.
What is surprising is how bad Hendrickson has been since he's been on the Dodgers. Don't get me wrong, most people knew that he was going to stink but he's been even worse than I thought he would be. It's probably a sample size issue, but after nine starts, Hendrickson has had an almost 1:1 K/BB ratio. He still can't strike anyone out, we knew that coming in, but prior to coming to this year, Hendrickson was still able to maintain a close to 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio. On the bright side, he's not giving up home runs, but those will probably increase as his walk rate returns to normal. At this point, and I know I'm going to regret saying this, I'd be all for Tomko rejoining the rotation. Yes, he's looked good in the bullpen thus far, he has a 9:1 K/BB ratio and has only given up one run, but that has sample size written all over it, and his .69 ground ball to fly ball ratio in the bullpen shows a pitcher that's due for a shelling. Still, I think his below average pitching would look better in the rotation than Hendrickson. As for Sele, I think the less he pitches the better since he's due for a rather large regression to the mean.
On the bright side, all the runs were given up by pitchers that we knew weren't all that good anyway, I feel a lot better with Carrara giving up a ton of runs as opposed to Broxton. Also, maybe the pitchers were so bad they got all their regressing to the mean out of the way in one game, so we can go on another run. Sure, that's the ticket.