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Dodgers see scoreless innings pitched streak end, suffer massive mean regression

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There was a large general question surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation coming into the season: What happens after Clayton Kershaw?

The former MVP did his thing on Monday, throwing seven shutout innings. Then what happened after Kershaw looked pretty similar. Scott Kazmir, six shutout innings. Kenta Maeda, six shutout innings. The bullpen didn’t budge either.

The Padres’ inept offense had something to do with that. If they get shut out in Colorado on Friday, someone needs to start mentioning the word “relegation.”

Alex Wood carried the Dodgers’ streak to the fifth inning in San Francisco on Thursday before the Giants touched him up for three runs.

By the end, the pitching staff had strung together 31.1 frames of scoreless ball to open the year. Impressive. How much so? That number falls just two outs shy of tying the record for longest scoreless streak to begin a season, 32. That was accomplished by the 1963 Cardinals, the only other club in MLB history to open a season with three straight shutouts.

For the sake of numbers fun, the Dodgers’ scoreless streak dating back to the end of last season concluded at 34 regular season innings. That’s sixth-most in franchise history. The Dodgers have had a pair of 39-inning scoreless streaks, one of which, in 1966, took place as L.A. was piecing together four consecutive shutouts.

But the Giants didn’t stop after their three runs in the fifth. They scored four more times the following inning and added five runs in the eighth, thanks in large part to a Hunter Pence grand slam.

Thus, the Dodgers’ pitching staff, which entered Thursday riding atop history, closed the day ranked tied for 14th in runs allowed. It took only four innings for that immaculate ERA to go all the way up to a much more modest 3.09. The White Sox, in as many innings of work, have a team ERA of 2.57.

Still, the Dodgers and their fans will take one bad outing every four days if they can repeatedly get what Kershaw, Kazmir and Maeda provided in front of Thursday’s game.

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