Dodgers can’t get right against lefties, fall to CC Sabathia, Yankees

first_imgThe lefties can be young or old, hard-throwers or remade soft-tossers like Sabathia at this point in his career. The Dodgers were also shut down by three left-handed relievers in Monday’s win and have gone 4 for 40 against left-handed pitching in the first two games of this series.“It’s every lefty. Once in awhile we’ll have a good day but it’s every lefty,” Gonzalez admitted.Roberts agreed, finding no commonality among the lefties that have troubled the Dodgers’ hitters – other than their ability to throw a baseball with their left arm.“It’s not a certain type,” he said. “If you look back, it’s been starters or relievers. (Cubs manager) Joe Maddon did it to us with (Trevor) Wood and their other lefty reliever. And the guys last night. So it’s not one particular type of lefty. It’s all of them.”Well, not all of them. The Dodgers have won all three games started by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner against them, batting .311 against his lefty slinging. Against every other left-hander they’ve faced, they have hit .208.“As we finish out the next 18 games, we’re going to see some left-handed pitching,” Roberts said. “And rightfully so.”It’s not just the next 18 games. The Dodgers’ potential playoff opponents – the Washington Nationals in the first round seem inevitable, the Chicago Cubs in the LCS a possibility – are no doubt scanning everything from the Class-A rosters in their systems to the concession stands for any able-bodied southpaw.“Well, we’ve got to win the games we need to win and if it comes down to it we’ve got to figure out a way to hit against them,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not going to look too much into it right now. But we’ve got to do a better job when it comes down to the playoffs.“We know we can do it. I just hope we do it when it counts.” NEW YORK >> Somewhere in Louisiana, Ron Guidry must be thinking about coming out of retirement.“Please, no,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said to that comic possibility, uncomfortable at the thought of even a 66-year-old left-hander facing his team right now.The Dodgers’ offensive struggles against left-handed pitching continued Tuesday night as CC Sabathia – 36, not 66, but still just a shadow (albeit, a large one) of his former Cy Young self – tamed the Dodgers, holding them scoreless into the seventh inning of a 3-0 New York Yankees victory.Scoreless for most of the night, the game was decided when Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back home runs off Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling in the bottom of the seventh. Or maybe it was really decided when the Yankees found a left-handed pitcher to start the game.“I don’t think you can. I mean, I just don’t think you can,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said when asked to explain the Dodgers’ inability to hit left-handed pitching of almost any variety. “We just haven’t been good against them.”That might actually be understating how bad they have been against lefties. The Dodgers rank last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS against left-handed pitching.Sabathia came into the game with a 1.36 WHIP overall and a 2-8 record with a 5.28 ERA in 13 starts at Yankee Stadium this season – a venue that favors left-handed hitters.“Every time we get a left-hander, we feel good about it and are optimistic,” Roberts said. “But it’s been a tough year against left-handers and the numbers, as they say – they don’t lie. I’ve got to look back at the video with CC but obviously it looked like he kept us at bay, off balance and we didn’t get many good swings against him. Regardless, we’ve got to find ways to produce baserunners and ultimately runs.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more