Finding the negative in a three-game sweep – A Dodgers PR intern from a few years back — and she knows who she is — bestowed upon me the title of Captain of the Negativity Squad. I believe that arose right around the time the Dodgers were going 1-14 coming out of the 2006 All-Star break, all while I was certain their season was circling the drain even as she insisted they would turn things around. Well, wouldn’t you know, right after they went 1-14, they went 17-1, and they ended up in the playoffs that year. But even after they just swept the Rockies and ran the runaway best record in the majors to 33-15, I, the aforementioned COTNS, have happened upon a major cause for concern:
Dodgers pitchers walked 24 batters in this three-game series. And while it’s worth noting that only four of those batters came around to score, if this keeps up, it’s going to come back to bite the boys at some point. There were four occasions during the series in which a Dodgers pitcher walked back-to-back hitters. Eric Stults actually walked three in a row on Monday, and both Clayton Kershaw and Jonathan Broxton walked three in a span of four batters today. There were five occasions during the series in which a Dodgers reliever walked either the first or second batter he faced upon entering the game.
On the positive side, O-Dog ran his career-best hitting streak to 17 games, going 1 for 4 with an infield single. James Loney continued his career habit of sizzling at Coors, going 2 for 5 with a double and driving in three runs. And Juan Pierre went 3 for 5, including a double, and drove in a pair.