The Los Angeles Dodgers begin a 4 game series against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Beginning a stretch of games where the Dodgers play 11 consecutive games in Southern California, the Dodgers need to abandon their game to game struggles and get what seems unattainable: momentum and consistency.
In baseball, there are so many games over so many days, over so many innings, but there are so few off days and so much time between pitches; it is almost tough to tell when you are playing baseball and when you are not. When one game ends and another starts runs together. The idea of momentum seems unlikely in the context of baseball because, how can you sustain it over 182 games?
“Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher” is the old maxim. The Dodger’s top 3 in the rotation should bring plenty of momentum. But the Dodgers have no momentum. To get there, the team needs to start small. Build momentum over one at bat, then one inning, then one game, one series, one month. But if Matt Kemp is injured, Andre Ethier grounds into a double play, and the bullpen continues to struggle momentum is unattainable.
The Dodgers hace a mature group of mature leaguers, plus Yasiel Puig. They don’t need to get amped to start momentum. Puig can handle that department. They just need good at bats, solid execution, and good health. Starting a stretch of 11 games in SoCal is the right time to start winning.
The Dodgers’ starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Padres has not been named yet. But in order to set them up and sit ‘em down is Stephen Fife, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun Jin Ryu to start the big three game series against San Francisco.