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Dodgers Playing Like Shadows of Themselves

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The Dodgers have played five series on the road this season, and have lost them all.  They lost their last two road series last year, and have now lost 15 of their last 20 road games (18 of 24 if you count the playoffs).   Manny Ramirez is on the disabled list.  So is Vicente Padilla, and he can't even throw for the next seven to 10 days.  Now Rafael Furcal is hurt, with a tight hamstring per Tony Jackson of ESPN LA.  They have allowed 19 unearned runs in 20 games, five more than any other team in baseball.  We have a guy making his major league debut starting on the mound today, and our best choices to start on Saturday are a guy who before this season threw only 7 1/3 innings above Class A and a guy who has allowed nearly two baserunners per inning this season.

In other words, there aren't many things going the Dodgers' way right now.  However...

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers      Mets
C Martin CF Pagan
CF Kemp 2B Cora
RF Ethier SS Reyes
1B Loney LF Bay
3B Blake 3B Wright
2B Belliard         
1B Davis
LF Paul  
RF Francoeur   
SS Carroll C Barajas
P Ely P Maine

Win or lose today, at least this awful road trip will be over.

Game Time:  10:10am

TV: Prime Ticket

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