Unlike my Dodgers, I can’t lose this week, as I’m 3-for-3 after Wednesday’s ridiculously easy winner on the Angels (13-1 at Baltimore). Speaking of my Dodgers, how in the hell can they be favored tonight against New York? Not only did they just get swept in three games in San Francisco by the hated Giants, but they didn’t even score a freakin’ run. What’s more, on a nine-game California road trip (Oakland/Anaheim/San Francisco), L.A. went 1-8 and plated a grand total of 13 runs (five of which came in the first two innings Friday at the Angels). Let me put this into perspective: The Dodgers scored 13 runs in nine games since last Tuesday. The Mets scored 17 runs. Yesterday.
OK, so New York took advantage of the winds at Wrigley Field in that 17-1 victory over the hapless Cubs (snapping a four-game losing skid). And yes, the Mets do have to face lefty Chris Capuano, who has come out of nowhere to become the Dodgers’ second-best starter (behind Clayton Kershaw), going 9-2 with a 2.60 ERA. Still, to repeat: L.A. can’t score. Even worse, not only do the Dodgers not have MVP candidate Matt Kemp (hamstring), but yesterday their second-best offensive player (Andre Ethier) went down with an injury, and he won’t play tonight. That means the heart of L.A.’s order is going to feature names like Bobby Abreu, Juan Rivera and Jerry Hairston Jr. Now excuse this Dodgers fan while he goes searching for the nearest bottle.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Wednesday’s Result: Angels (-125) vs. Orioles (Win)