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Giants Are Dodgers Daddy This Season

The Los Angeles Dodgers are only two games above the .500 mark and 4.5 games behind the Western Division leading San Francisco Giants.  They are also a game behind the surprising Colorado Rockies.

Sure, it is still early in the season.  But is it time for Dodgers fans to panic a little bit?  The Giants have been the Dodgers’ daddy this season, winning all three series between the two clubs.  The Giants look like the team that has won two World Series in the past four seasons.  The Dodgers look like wannabes.

The Dodgers bats are producing, but the pitching staff has been only average and when you look at where the production is coming from, it could be smoke and mirrors.

Josh Becket is 1-1, but has an impressive 2.38 ERA in 7 starts, and Dan Haren is 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA.  I don’t see either of those pitchers continuing that type production.  They both still have some gas left, but the tank is far from full.

Closer Kenley Jansen has a 4.34 ERA and lasted only 1/3 of an inning last Sunday against the Giants.  He was roughed up for 3 hits and 3 runs and absorbed the loss in extra innings.  Sure, it was only one game, but did the Giants send Jansen and the Dodgers a message?

In addition to Jansen’s struggles, Brian Wilson has been hit hard this season and has an ERA over 10 in 12.1 innings.  Wilson is slightly better than Jose Dominguez who has an ERA over 11.

The Dodgers need ace Clayton Kershaw to stay healthy and resume his role as the best pitcher in the National League if they are going to have any chance to beat out the Giants for the Western Division title this season.

I don’t see it happening.