One of the reasons that the problems are just getting started for the Dodgers is a hard pill to swallow.
Desperate times beget desperate measures, but there is one classic slump-busting remedy that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has yet to try with his lineup.
The Dodgers deployed six relievers, three of whom gave up runs. Both runners would move into scoring position on a wild pitch, but Holland managed to navigate the traffic to earn his 40th save on the year. The Dodgers' 1961 swoon began in mid-August and turned a 2.5-game lead in the NL standings into a 3.5-game deficit. And I need to utilize the curveball.
As lifelong Dodger fans, we are hoping and praying that the team can rekindle the magic from earlier in the season, but the Dodgers freefall is already historic and on the verge of Shakespearean tragic proportions.
Minutes before the rescheduled 7:57 p.m. first pitch, as the teams stood along the foul lines for a 9/11 remembrance, a light rain resumed.
What does it all mean for the D-backs? Other than these guys the only guy I see the Dodgers looking at is Brandon Morrow unless Chase Utley decides he wants to play for free.
NOTES: During the 2-hour, 52-minute delay, the Dodgers reportedly balked at scheduling a makeup game on Thursday, noting it would eliminate the only off day on their schedule between Aug. 28 and Sept. 28.
Peter King, SI.com: "The top pick in most fantasy drafts (I guess) after his 2,118-all-purpose-yard, 20-touchdown year in 2016, (Cardinals running back David) Johnson damaged his wrist at Detroit, and though X-rays were negative, Chris Mortensen reported that the Cardinals back could miss significant time".
The Giants went on to win 8-6, handing the NL West-leading Dodgers their 11th consecutive loss. There are instances where games end in ties, as happened to the Cubs last season when a late September game with Pittsburgh ended 1-1 because the teams were not scheduled to meet again.
Then come the Indians, who won their 18th straight Sunday and were set to face the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Starters and relievers combined have a 5.99 ERA over the last 17 games, giving up 101 runs (98 earned) over that span.
Kenta Maeda allowed four runs over three innings in his start against the Giants on Monday. Be a real human and be prepared to admit mistakes. The supporting cast has not been much better and the offense is nearly non-existent.
Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300.
Even after they got Chad Bettis back from his battle with testicular cancer, and acquired All-Star reliever Pat Neshek and All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, the Rockies have plummeted from a team with comfortable playoff chances to underdogs fighting for a chance to stay alive.
Los Angeles has been in spring training mode for too long, playing with the luxury of a big lead. The dedicated ones will have some opportunities to explore different West Coast cities next season. L.A.'s 11-game losing streak becomes the longest since the team arrived from Brooklyn, topping 10-game skids in 1961 and '92 (the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers lost 16 straight at one point).