Remember yesterday how I said that the Dodgers’ losing streak was nothing to be too concerned about? Well, it’s still not, but at some point a “don’t be concerned about it” losing streak can go on long enough to where being concerned about it is reasonable. I don’t think the Dodgers are there yet, but really dudes, you should probably start winning games.
Los Angeles got beat again last night and beat pretty convincingly. The Rockies came out of the box against Clayton Kershaw, starting the game out with a single, a double and then a three-run homer from Nolan Arenado. After the homer Mark Reynolds singled as well, meaning that Kershaw didn’t any of the first four batters he faced. They’d touch Kershaw for a single, a double and a sac fly in the third for their fourth run of the game off of the Dodgers ace, who wouldn’t make it through four innings.
After that the bullpen provided no relief, with Brock Stewart giving up two runs in an inning and a third and Edward Paredes allowing three runs to score without retiring a batter. He had help, as Josh Ravin walked in two of the runners Parades let reach.
Just an atrocious performance for a team some thought to be unstoppable a couple of weeks ago. Now they’ve lost seven in a row and 12 of their last 13.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.