Dodgers Web musings: L.A. drops five games back in 10 days, poised for historic May
There is never a good time to stink it up, but some times seem worse than others.
Times like right now for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers were sort of drifting along, a game under .500, 10 days ago. Still, they took comfort in knowing that no team was making a run in the National League West and they remained a semi-comfortable 2½ games out.
But since then, the Dodgers have lost eight of 10. And this time making it painfully noticeable, the Giants have gotten hot and the Dodgers have dropped 7½ games out of first place.
Things are going so badly, ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman notes that the Dodgers are a historic pace. They have to finish the month 4-3 to avoid their worst May since moving to Los Angeles.
Also on the Web:
-- The Times’ Ben Bolch chronicles the Dodgers’ latest staggering loss.
-- The Times’ Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein update the Los Angeles Police Department’s search for the other two suspects in the opening-day beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. The LAPD is unhappy over a leaked photo of the suspect.
-- Meanwhile, LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick relays the print-only story from The Daily Journal’s Ciaran McEvoy that says the Stow family will sue the Dodgers.
-- In an Associated Press video, the Stow family reacts to the apprehension of a suspect.
-- For those wanting to look ahead, MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes gives an overview of the contract issues awaiting the Dodgers for next season.
-- Sons of Steve Garvey has a translation of a story in a Venezuelan newspaper that claims wayward reliever Ronald Belisario is trying out for an independent team there and still hopes to clear his visa problem, though he claims not to need help with alcohol and/or substance issues.
-- The Orange County Register’s Howard Cole wonders if it might not be a good time for the Dodgers to consider trading Andre Ethier.
-- The Daily News’ Jill Painter said Matt Kemp is having fun again and it’s translating to his performance.
-- Yes, the Dodgers have had a lot of injuries, but none of them individually significant enough to crack Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan’s top 10 this season.
-- He feels Frank McCourt’s pain: Mets owner Fred Wilpon tells Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci that his team is on track to lose $70 million this season.
-- And ex-Dodger Scott Podsednik is not giving up, having signed a minor-league deal with Philadelphia.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (left) argues a call in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Monday night. Credit: Thomas Campbell / US Presswire