Dodgers Get Close Win over Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had start to the 2018 season that they would rather forget. The team has struggled quite a bit in many facets of the game. This has come as a shock to many people who follow the game of baseball. The Dodgers had a great season in 2017. Therefore, it was a commonly held belief among sports journalists that the Dodgers would make a deep run into the playoffs this year. However, they have not played well to start the season.

One of the biggest problems early on has been the bad performance of Kenley Jansen. The star closer has been one of the best relief pitchers over the past five years. However, he has given up a couple of critical home runs at very inopportune times that have directly led to Dodger losses. Getting him back on track is crucial if the Dodgers are going to be good again this year. On Sunday night, Jansen got a little bit closer to regaining the form that has made him so dependable throughout his career. He came into the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park to protect a 2-1 lead for the Dodgers in the 10th inning. He eventually struck out all three hitters that he faced.

The win was an important one for the Dodgers. They had lost a heartbreaking game the previous day to their archrivals. Winning the final game prevented the team from going winless on their road trip to San Francisco and Arizona. They had lost the previous four games. Manager Dave Roberts does not seem to be concerned with the way his team has been playing to start the season. He understands that players need different amounts of time to hit their stride. The season is not yet two weeks old. Therefore, it is far too early to hit the panic button.

One area of concern is the offense. The team cannot score runs on a regular basis regardless of the lineup that Dave Roberts puts together. This is something that will need to turn around. There is really nothing Roberts can do at this point. He cannot swing the bat for his players. He just has to hope that his hitters are able to produce like they have in the past. Otherwise, it is going to be a very long summer in Los Angeles. Only time will tell if this team can put it all together.



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