All the chowder heads must be very confused. The Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball’s newest super team?
They looked pretty mortal to the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, and certainly pretty beatable.
In a battle of first-place teams, the Red Sox took two of three games, beating the Dodgers rather easily behind right-hander Jake Peavy on Sunday, 8-1, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 44,109.
The loss meant the Dodgers suffered their first series loss in their last 19 matchups. The Dodgers hadn’t lost a series since the middle of June, going 14-0-4 in their previous 18.
Losing has been such a foreign endeavor, you had to excuse the Dodgers if they seemed uncertain how to act. What, no postgame team handshake in the middle of the field? No terrifyingly loud music afterward in the clubhouse? No further burying of the Arizona Diamondbacks?
Nope, just a rather flat-looking Dodgers team that Peavy handled with ease Sunday. He held them to just three hits in his nine innings. This after the Dodgers managed just five hits Saturday and three Friday against Boston.
For the Dodgers there was no dramatic hit. There was no Chris Capuano stepping up to secure the fifth spot in the rotation. No right-hander Chris Withrow looking like a possible phenom. Certainly no real offense to speak of.
Of course, the Red Sox missed both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the series. The Red Sox drew Capuano for the first five innings Sunday and then Withrow for the next two.
And scored at least once in all but three of their nine innings.
Boston scored one run in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings, and pushed two across in the sixth and ninth. All while the offense was flailing away for the second consecutive game.
Pitching has been such a team strength it was almost foreign looking to watch Capuano allow three runs in his five innings and Withrow to allow three runs on two homers, with Brandon League giving up a two-run homer.
All while Peavy (10-5) was simply having his way with the Dodgers.
Despite the beating, the Dodgers maintained their 9 1/2-game lead over the Diamondbacks in the National League West.