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The Downward Spiral

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Coming into Tuesday night’s game the Dodgers were 58-53 and the Cincinnati Reds were 47-64. The Dodgers were still in striking distance for the division title, and the Reds had the third worst record in all of baseball.

It was this horrible Reds team that shut out the Dodgers. This would be the third game in the last four games the Dodgers have put up a goose egg.

Count it: in the last 19 innings the Dodgers have gotten 15 hits and no runs. NOTHING.

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And if this keeps going, after September 30 the Dodgers will have nothing.

Right now the Dodgers are a horrible horrible team, and watching them is like living a scene from A Clockwork Orange. I would rather be forced to watch those awful Dane Cook MLB postseason commercials on repeat than watch a Dodger’s game right now.

Part of the problem is how obstinate Grady Little is. Why is Andre Ethier, one of the hottest hitters the Dodgers have had as of late, hitting in the seventh or eighth spot? Why is Russell Martin not tied down to a chair in the clubhouse?

Tony LaRussa over the weekend decided to have his pitcher hit in the eighth spot in order to hopefully get some spark out of the offense. At this point, perhaps Grady Little should follow suit in doing something drastic to get something out of the team. And by drastic, I don’t mean having the team’s most ineffective offensive player in Olmedo Saenz to hit fourth.

But change up the lineup. Do something.

Because right now with 50 games left to go, being patient is not working.

AP Photo by Al Behrman