It was bad enough when Justin Turner was hit in the wrist with a pitch, causing him to miss the first few weeks of the season. It got worse when Clayton Kershaw started the season 1-4 and Kenley Jansen decided he would rather blow a save then notch one. Now things have reached official panic level for Los Angeles as shortstop Corey Seager is out for the remainder of the year and will need Tommy John Surgery. It is time to panic for the Dodgers.
Seager is going to be missed in Los Angeles this summer. Last year the all-star hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs and helped lead the Dodgers to Game 7 of the World Series last year. Seager started the season hitting just under .270 this year and was on pace for a fine season before the news broke. The Dodgers are 4 games under .500 and things are not looking up as the calendar hits may. Turner is out at least another month, Logan Forsythe, Rich Hill and Yasiel Puig are all on the DL. Manager Dave Roberts benched Cody Bellinger for not hustling over the weekend and the entire Dodgers team looks frustrated. If production doesn’t start improving, the Dodgers will fade fast.
It isn’t just the struggles in house that are keeping the Dodgers down. The division is much improved from last year. The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the best teams in baseball having gone the entire month of April without losing a series. The Rockies are coming off a wild card appearance and are looking poised to get there again. The Giants are better than last year and even the Padres added Eric Hosmer. With a tougher division, it is no guarantee the Dodgers will come out on top.
Seager’s injury is troubling but the Dodgers have more problems than just using their shortstop. They must get Jansen on track and their players back on the field if they want any chance of winning the division without their shortstop. Things are looking bleak in Los Angeles and it is indeed time to panic for the Dodgers.