Through this point in the season, I don’t think anybody would have thought the Dodgers would be one game over .500. Fans wouldn’t have expected it, the media wouldn’t have expected it.... and the players and coaches on the Dodgers definitely wouldn’t have expected it.
After their fifth consecutive series loss, the Dodgers are currently 18-17 and in third place in the NL West. To put it kindly, they aren’t playing good baseball right now. There’s definitely frustration in the clubhouse during the losing streak, but a player hasn’t really stood out and voiced their frustration with this recent skid.
That is, until Trevor Bauer.
When asked following his performance on Sunday, Bauer said he didn’t want to speak for his teammates on how they’re feeling. However, he had no problem voicing how he is feeling right now.
“I’m pissed,” Bauer said. “I freaking hate losing. That’s why I came here. We’re not playing up to our capability. I’m mad. I’m not going to speak for anybody else.
“You can say it’s early and there’s no need to panic, and it’s all true. At the end of the day, we’re not just going to roll out the bats and balls and win baseball games. We’re not going to sleepwalk our way to winning the division and winning the World Series again. That’s not how it works. You got to go out there and beat somebody every day. We haven’t been good at it and we need to get better.”
The Dodgers have currently lost 15 of their last 20 games after starting the season 13-2. After being hyped up as one of the best teams in baseball history, the Dodgers are playing terrible.
Bauer has been fantastic so far this season for the Dodgers. Every game he’s pitched, he’s put the Dodgers in a prime opportunity to win the game. Over his last seven starts, these are the runs the Dodgers have had on the board when he left the game:
3, 7, 2, 2, 0, 0, 1
I think pitcher wins is the most overrated stat in all of baseball for pitchers, but there’s a legit chance Bauer could be about 7-0 or something if the Dodgers just gave him four runs of support during every one of his starts. There’s a reason he’s frustrated, and for good reason.
The Dodgers’ stretch of losing right now sucks. I’m pissed too. But hey, you know what’s great? The Dodgers have nearly 130 games left this season. They’ve been playing some AWFUL baseball and they are only 2.5 games back of first place. The Dodgers have lost nine games by a run during this 20-game stretch. If half of those were wins they’d be in first place.
They’ll be fine. At least I hope. Plenty of baseball to be played. As for now, I’m just glad a player spoke out and voiced their frustration with what’s going on.