In the off-season, I mentioned when the Los Angeles Dodgers hired Joe Torre, they would lose 90 games. Well, it looks like they won't, but I doubt they'll make the playoffs.
Thanks to yet another loss on Friday night, 9-3 in Arizona, the Dodgers have lost eight straight and now trail the NL West-leading Diamondbacks 4 1/2 games in the division.
So, now Torre isn't a genius anymore, is he?
After all, the Dodgers were picked to run away with the division one month ago. They supposedly had better pitching than the D-Backs. They'd just added slugger Manny Ramirez and third baseman Casey Blake. Greg Maddux was added in August.
And yet they've now lost eight in a row.
Okay, losing four straight in Philadelphia was bad. After all, they were blown out in two of those losses, gave away another one with a one-run lead in the ninth, and were shut out in the finale.
But getting swept in Washington? The Nationals (49-85) are the worst team in baseball, for crying out loud. Two one-run losses followed by an 11-2 defeat to complete the sweep.
And Friday night, the Dodgers had to win. They were facing the D-Backs, the team they're chasing.
Ahead 2-1 in the fifth, the Diamondbacks capitalized when Nomar Garciaparra, back at shortstop, committed an error, an inning in which Arizona scored three times.
When Los Angeles rallied in two innings later to close the deficit to within 4-3, their bullpen--led by Chan Ho Park and Joe Beimel--imploded by immediately surrendering five runs to blow the game wide open.
Not that Ramirez isn't doing his job. In fact, he went 4-for-4 on Friday night after homering in Washington the day before to give the Dodgers an early lead.
Still, it's a tough road for the Dodgers, as they'll have to face the D-Backs' top two hurlers, Dan Haren (14-6, 3.10) and Brandon Webb (19-5, 2.96), in the next two games.
It's certainly great to see L.A. struggle, especially when you look at the Dodgers and you see Torre, Maddux, and ex-Sox like Ramirez, Garciaparra, and Derek Lowe.
Not only does KP Wee writes for the Bleacher Report, he's also a published author. Check out his fiction novel, "Showing Their Scales", on Amazon.com.