08 july 2014
The Oakland Athletics’ starting rotation boasted the best earned-run average in the American League. No matter. The A’s just traded for two starting pitchers.
The Dodgers’ starting rotation boasts the best ERA in the National League. No matter. The Dodgers are looking into trading for a starting pitcher as well.
This is not a sudden development, although fans would be forgiven for thinking so. On Tuesday, the Dodgers put Josh Beckett on the disabled list, then watched Hyun-Jin Ryu get seven outs and give up seven runs.
The Dodgers might have played their worst game of the season, a 14-5 loss in which they roared to a 5-0 lead against Justin Verlander in the first inning, then collapsed. The lead was gone in the second inning, and the Tigers scored 14 consecutive runs.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly got ejected in the sixth inning, without leaving the dugout, for arguing balls and strikes. Mattingly said he was not arguing with the plate umpire, just telling Adrian Gonzalez to try to get the pitcher “to throw it in a tea cup.”