Series preview against the Diamondbacks — Colorado Rockies

Pedro Baez suffered the loss in relief. He held the Rockies to one run and five hits in five innings in an 11-3 win last Wednesday.

Arizona is one of three teams the Dodgers have a losing record against this year at 8-11.

Potential downside: The lost opportunity against Northern Colorado and a shorter week of practice after the storm leaves the Gators less than ready for their SEC debut.

The Dodgers will still make the playoffs, and almost certainly win their division.

The Dodgers have scored one run or less eight of the last 17 games, including five out of the last eight. The omission could be because some databases only recognize wins and losses and when the Giants' season is calculated, there is an interruption in a streak that is widely known to hardcore baseball fans as the one to beat. But hopefully that won't be soon.

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda visited the LA clubhouse Sunday looking to cheer folks up.

"We're using it", Roberts said.

Given that the Dodgers were winning at a record pace a month ago, and at one time won 52 of 61 games, this is truly a stunning development.

Don't just take my word for it, as the Indians are now ranked No. 1 overall in ESPN's MLB power rankings. "It shows a lot about these guys that they were out there fighting". He is going the stiff-upper-lip route.

The Giants do not yet know game times, although they should catch more breaks thanks to the new CBA.

The Dodgers love to hit the ball in the air. And the best way to deal with it is through transparency, realness, the truth.

Jarrett Parker homered leading off the second for San Francisco.

Baseball is an up-and-down game.

The Dodgers are the first team in history to both win 15 of 16 games and lose 15 of 16 games in the same season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He was hit hard his last start, allowing four earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in a 9-1 home loss to the Rockies.

Jason La Canfora, CBSSports.com: "The Rams still pummeled the Colts, even without Donald".

Over on the Giants' side, they're going with RHP Johnny Cueto on Tuesday. Moreover, the longer the Aaron Sanchez story goes, the worse it seems to get. If this were earlier in the season, choosing to start a game so late wouldn't have been such a big deal, either.

"There's a sense of urgency to turn it around", he said. Los Angeles took the next two (against Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, respectively) before dropping five in a row. FIU already has canceled its scheduled road game at Indiana for this weekend. "If one happened because of darkness or rain or some certain circumstance, the game was played over". Coach Bruce Arians prefers the pressure to be on Johnson. Cody Bellinger (.322), Yasiel Puig (.301), Chris Taylor (.242), Logan Forsythe (.241), Curtis Granderson (.164), Chase Utley (.151) and Yasmani Grandal (.125) have all produced from below average to worst in the league levels. Lots of people (like me) will disagree with you, argue with you or tune you out.

"I think he's learning, albeit a little bit slowly, about what it takes to be a major-league pitcher", Black said. "Everyone has things in their job that can be difficult", Hunter Pence said.

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