Dodgers' Nathan Eovaldi Struggling To Get Run Support

Dodgers' Nathan Eovaldi Needs Some Good Luck

6/21/12 in MLB   |   marcasg   |   18 respect

Jun 13, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi (50) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREChances are, you haven't heard of Nathan Eovaldi. After all, he's made a grand total of 15 appearances over the past two seasons for the Dodgers – including five starts this season replacing the injured Ted Lilly.

Here's why you should know Nathan Eovaldi. He's been pretty darn good in those five starts, posting a 2.35 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. Over his short Major League career, opponents haven't quite figured him out, hitting just .236 against him.

Here's probably why you know Nathan Eovaldi. He's 0-3, when he's pitched well enough to be 5-0. If Eovaldi sued the Dodgers for non-support, there isn't a judge in America who'd dismiss his claim. In his five starts this season, L.A. has averaged a whopping one run per game … and that's taking into account a 3-2 loss to the Rockies on June 3rd. Wednesday night was more of the same, with the Blue Crew struggling to scratch out a single run against Tommy Milone and the Oakland A's.

How bad is Eovaldi's luck right now? He was the Dodger starter on the other end of Seattle's combined, six-pitcher no-hitter. Eovaldi's line: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. That's good enough for a win most nights. Most nights meaning nights Eovaldi isn't on the mound.

It's not as if the Dodgers are running up against the Who's Who of Major League Pitchers when it's Eovaldi's turn to take the mound either. Apart from a start against the Angels' C.J. Wilson last week, the list of hurlers who have shut down the Los Angeles offense would have a hard time getting noticed inside of an empty Burger King. Stop me when you read a name that invokes fear and trembling – Michael Fiers, Alex White, Kevin Millwood (2012 edition) or Milone. These are the fellows that have tied the Dodgers in knots.

There's not a ton of good news on the horizon for Eovaldi's prospects. His next scheduled turn comes against the New Adventures of Old Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Although the last time the Dodgers faced Zito, they went on to a 9-1 win. So maybe there's a silver lining for Eovaldi. Because if it wasn't for bad luck...

He'd probably have five wins by now.
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