Baseball wagering expectations were high for LA as the season’s second half started and they were among the favorites with the baseball odds to make the playoffs.
The Dodgers problems were both on offense and with pitching as they were swept at St. Louis and then lost two straight games at home against their hated division rival San Francisco Giants. The losing streak has fueled speculation that manager Joe Torre may retire come season’s end.
The losing streak caused the Dodgers to fall to 4th place in the National League West Division behind surprising San Diego, surging San Francisco, and Colorado.
The Dodgers still have one of the better lineups in the major leagues despite the slump as they ranked 8th overall for run production. LA does lack power, however, as they ranked 25th in the big leagues for home runs.
The pitching staff has been cause for major concerns as it slipped to 18th overall for staff earned run average and has been lacking in quality starts.
The series with the Giants was the boiling point for the Dodgers and their frustrations as the two long time foes threw brushback pitches at each other causing ejections and heated words.
“Tempers were flaring there a bit,” said San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. “It was a throwback to old Dodgers-Giants games.”
The Dodgers blew a golden opportunity in their second game against the Giants after they jumped out to a 5-1 lead against San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum only to blow it in a tough 7-5 baseball wagering loss.
Dodger hitting coach Don Mattingly, who is widely believed to be the heir apparent to Torre, was involved in one of the most bizarre incidents you would ever see in MLB gambling.
In that 9th inning with the Dodgers holding a lead he went to the mound to discuss strategy and as he was leaving first baseman James Loney asked him how deep he should play. Mattingly turned around and walked back to the mound, which Bochy successfully argued was a second trip to the mound, forcing closer Jonathan Broxton from the game.
The Giants completed the comeback which was an embarrassment for everyone wearing Dodger blue.