The thing about a fat payroll and monster expectations is they can lead to huge disappointment.
Even without shortstop Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers boast a power-packed lineup. Anyway, they should. That is the company line.
But three games into the new season, that great offense has yet to be hinted at, even if on Wednesday night short-haired Tim Lincecum seemed to do everything in his power to help their cause.
Lincecum walked seven batters in his five innings, but did not give up an earned run as the Dodgers fell to the Giants, 5-3, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,906.
Carl Crawford provided three of the Dodgers’ seven hits as the offense failed to produce, inning after frustrating inning.
The Dodgers, who won the season opener on Clayton Kershaw's shutout performance, were only one for 14 with runners in scoring position, which unfortunately wasn’t anything new. In their first two games against the Giants, they were one for 13 with runners in scoring position.