Zack Greinke has been swinging a hot bat for the Los Angeles Dodgers lately. Unfortunately, that isn’t his main gig. The starting pitcher the Dodgers threw a bunch of money at this offseason has struggled in back-to-back outings. On Monday, he lasted just four innings and allowed 10 hits and six runs, four of them earned.
The way that Greinke has pitched in his last two games has to be a concern to manager Don Mattingly and the rest of the Dodgers brass. It may be only one of about 738 concerns they have, but the Dodgers need Greinke to pitch like a number two starter, especially since he is paid like a number one.
Pretty soon, these Dodgers need to wake up or there is going to be a big shake up taking place. Mattingly will probably be the first to go, but others will soon follow. They were eight games below .500 coming into Monday’s game and it is going to have to be one solid winning streak that gets them back in the race.
This home and home series with the Los Angeles Angels could be a huge blow to one of these teams. The Angels certainly can’t afford to fall any further back from the Texas Rangers. The Angels were still four games below .500 and they were riding an eight-game winning streak coming into Monday night’s action. The Dodgers just haven’t looked good all year long.
When summer rolls around, I believe both of these teams will be on the outer fringes of the playoff race. Unfortunately, both are likely to stay on the outside looking in.