LOS ANGELES -- With only three starters guaranteed to pitch every time through the rotation, the Dodgers can't climb out of the National League West cellar if two of those pitchers falter -- and not just falter, but blow up early -- on back-to-back nights.
Clayton Kershaw gave up seven runs in the second inning Tuesday and Chad Billingsley four runs in the first inning Wednesday, both cruise-control wins for the Brewers.
Manager Joe Torre, frustrated but not angered by the team's 3-7 performance over its past 10 games, said the team will climb out of the cellar on the heels of its pitching, and he remains confident in those core three starters: Kershaw, Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda.
"If I felt people didn't care, that's where the anger kicks in," Torre said. "I believe players are every bit as frustrated ... the success is going to have to come from those guys, and it's going to on a regular basis. Trust me."