Dodgers look for pitcher to replace free agent Kuroda
36-year-old priced himself out of range with standout campaign
Matt Kemp vows to focus on fundamentals in repairing five-tool kit
Casey Blake returning, but Dodgers seek more production at third
Something disturbing about a McCourt or two
Who will fill the Manny Ramirez void?
L.A. reports numerous cases of post-traumatic stress syndrome
2011 Dodger interleague schedule released
First crack in the core: Broxton enters final season before free agency
Despite Kershaw, Dodger World Series hopes are dimming
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What can you say? This weekend in Boston, the Dodgers hit when they couldn’t pitch and pitched when they couldn’t hit, getting swept with tonight’s 2-0 loss. Andre Ethier went 0 for 12. The team has lost seven out of nine, its worst stretch since April, dropping Los Angeles into third place in the National League West.
Kemp and Ethier will rebound – look at what Ramirez has been doing lately as a guide. But watching Kuroda, who went seven innings and arguably allowed only one earned run in another outstanding 2010 performance, made me think how much I’ll miss him after this season. And this is not a campaign to re-sign him, because just like Randy Wolf and Derek Lowe before him, Kuroda’s next contract after Dodger success might not make any sense. But I’ve just really enjoyed having him on the team.
The sweep in Boston is pretty insignificant – a moment in a 162-game season. None of the recent losses to American League teams tell us much about the Dodgers’ ability to win the NL, and I think we all pretty much would have agreed before Friday that the Dodgers would be the underdog in any World Series if they got that far. But after this season, win or lose, the Dodgers are going to have a great many questions. They might find answers for some of them, but there’s a level of uncertainty that makes me really want to see this year’s team step up.