Sep 242012


Time is running out for the Los Angeles Dodgers to make their playoff push. They’ll need an excellent showing in San Diego this week if they’re to close the gap and earn a Wild Card spot and they’re starting pitching has to lead the way.

The Dodgers did get a boost when they saw Clayton Kershaw throw a bullpen session on Friday. He was expected to be out much longer when he was diagnosed with a right hip impingement but made the start on Sunday night. Apparently he can’t do any further damage to the hip so it’s just a matter of how much pain he can deal with.

It’s surely been a tough going for the Dodgers starting staff with Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly all out but there’s no need for excuses at this point. The Dodgers simply need wins.

Josh Beckett, Chris Capuano and Joe Blanton are tasked with the job for the Dodgers in the three-game set but all have struggled this month. Beckett has allowed nine runs in his last 19 innings pitched while Capuano and Blanton both have ERA’s of 4.24 or higher this month.

The bigger concern might be that these three Dodgers starters haven’t registered a win versus San Diego this season and while Beckett hasn’t made a start against the Padres, Capuano and Blanton are a combined 0-3.

San Diego is expected to counter with Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard and Casey Kelly. The good news for the Dodgers is that the Padres head into this series in a slump. They’ve lost four of their last six and people making their MLB picks know that there is a slight opening for the Dodgers to take advantage.

With each passing day, it gets tougher and tougher for the Dodgers to make the playoffs but a sweep of San Diego would surely go a long way.

 09/24/2012  Posted by at 1:48 pm Recaps From The Ravine  Add comments

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