Los Angeles Dodgers Blow Chance At Momentum -- Again

By Matthew Muench
Richard Mackson-USA Today Sports

I think the Los Angeles Dodgers are allergic to momentum. They entered Wednesday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a chance to win three consecutive games for the first time since April 7 after two electrifying wins on Monday and Tuesday.

But … (there seems to be a “but” every night with his team) the Dodgers fell 6-2 and blew a chance of getting out of last place for the first time in a month. Bless you, Dodgers. They keep sneezing away the chance to gain momentum. Just check the box scores.

Wednesday’s loss marked the eighth time this year the Dodgers failed to win a third consecutive game. It was also the 11th time this season they ended a series with a loss. It’s a trend that has to stop fast. In no time, it will be the July 4 and the only thing in sight will be fireworks and not a chance at the playoffs.

The Dodgers had a great chance to win on Wednesday when they sent Clayton Kershaw to the mound, but like the team has all season, they failed to give Kershaw run support. The MLB ace allowed three runs (two earned) through six innings, but the Dodgers couldn’t hit to help him out.

They didn’t get a hit off Jason Marquis until the sixth inning and even Yasiel Puig, the rookie sensation who sparked the team the last two nights, couldn’t help out Kershaw, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Kershaw still has an 1.93 ERA and he somehow has four losses. During those four losses, the Dodgers have only scored six runs.

“It bothers me that he is giving us a chance to win and we’re not putting any runs up for the most part,” manager Don Mattingly told reporters after the game.

Bother you? That’s all you got? It should tick you off. The Dodgers’ offense should be ashamed of themselves. The Dodgers should win every time Kershaw pitches, but out of the 99 qualifying pitchers, he has the 94th worst run support in the majors (2.7 runs per game).

Maybe like momentum, the Dodgers are allergic to winning when Kershaw steps on the mound. Now the Dodgers begin a four-game series on Thursday against the first-place Atlanta Braves. Grab a Kleenex, Dodgers fans.

Matthew Muench writes about the Los Angeles Dodgers for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewMuench and add him to your network at Google+.

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