This was probably the most disheartening of the losses thus far. I know it’s April, blah, blah, blah. It’s just not fun to see a pitching line score that ends with a 19.29 ERA. That line comes with the news that Hiroki Kuroda is on the disabled list and won’t be pitching today.
I really do think that Kershaw and McDonald will settle into a rhythm. I’m sure it will be sooner than it will feel. It’s just frustrating because I really feel like the Dodgers didn’t do much to help out their pitching staff during the offseason. Someone said after the game that the hitters should give the pitchers more support. While that is true, I think we also need pitchers that can work with a one-run lead, at least until the 5th or 6th inning.
As I’ve said before, during the preseason and a couple of days ago, the thing that scares me most about young pitchers is that lack of experience usually translates into a mental meltdown. It’s really not pretty to watch. Again, it’s one of those things that as they continue to work together, Russell Martin can help with. Until then, let’s just hope that these rookie growing pains don’t go longer that mid-May.