The Dodgers lost again

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The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their 11th straight game early this morning, falling 8-6 to the San Francisco Giants. It was their 16th in their last 17 games. It’s almost getting comical now. Well, maybe not to Dodgers fans, but to everyone else it’s certainly somethin’.

As I alluded to in the recapsand as NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic describes here — this was a weird one, significantly delayed by rain and lightning, which are things that don’t typically delay games in San Francisco. But the rains feel and the lightning flashed and this game didn’t get finished until after 2AM California time. This despite the fact that the game actually got underway just before 8PM. Problem was, they only got in one at-bat before the second two-hour plus delay. For the record, Curtis Granderson struck out facing Giants starter Chris Stratton. The delay ended Stratton’s night. He tossed five pitches. After the game he jokingly told reporters that “everything was working” last night. He could’ve said “I was just trying to make pitches. I made five of them and that was enough.”

As for the bulk of the game, Denard Span and Hunter Pence powered the Giants offense. The Dodgers were once again brutalized by their bullpen, with six relievers appearing in the game for L.A., three of which allowed runs to score. Not that their starter, Kenta Maeda, was much better. He allowed four runs in three innings of work.

It all adds up to the Dodgers’ longest losing streak since 1944. And yet another day of anxiety for Dodgers fans, wondering if and when this will ever stop.

Joey Votto: “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently.”

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We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.

Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”

Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.