Dodgers will lose in NLDS for these three reasons

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Their star-studded rotation has fallen flat

Remember when the Dodgers acquiring Yu Darvish at the MLB trade deadline made them seemingly a lock for the World Series? Dodgers fans don’t have to be too puzzled as to where all the hype went, as the numbers speak for themselves.

However, it’s not just Darvish that’s the problem — in fact, it’s not even Darvish’s fault at all, at least directly. The bullpen has been their Achilles’ heel in the post-season in the past, but at this point in time, their starting pitching hasn’t done enough to help their cause.

For instance, all of the talk surrounding Alex Wood and his incredible start to the year has gone silent. During this particular slump, Wood’s weekend outing in San Diego allowed seven hits, four runs — two of them home runs — in six innings of work and on 98 pitches.

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That, combined with poor work from everyone else isn’t going to cut it or make the Dodgers as dangerous and they could be.

Rich Hill is also partly responsible for this inevitable losing streak, as in his last performance he was responsible for the first of a record four home runs in a game by Arizona’s J.D. Martinez. The Dodgers would go on to completely fall apart in that game and lose 13-0 after trailing 2-0 through six innings.

Yu Darvish hasn’t delivered fully on the promise that he was supposed to be to the organization either. In his previous start, Darvish lasted just three innings after giving up five runs on eight hits to the Padres.

Clayton Kershaw’s main issue has been staying healthy, but the rest of the problems that they’ve had as a pitching unit won’t get them anywhere near October.