Fans, which is short for fanatics, tend to take leave of their senses when their team wins, in that they are overly elated… and they also do the opposite thing when their team loses. They become overly downtrodden and only see gloom and doom. After 14 games, the Dodgers are at .500. They are 5-2 against RH pitching and 2-5 against LH pitching. Many fans think it’s time to panic and while I do think the Dodgers should be exploring possible trades because the makeup of the big league club as well as the minor league teams leans dramatically to the left (I don’t mean politically), there is no need to panic. Let me tell you why.
Yes, the Dodgers are 2-5 against lefties. Yes, they are hitting .218 against lefties, which by the way, is not even close to the bottom – they are 19th in batting average against LH pitching. There are 11 teams worse than they are including the D-Backs who are hitting .196 against LH pitching. The Royals are at .170 – Yikes. But there are 148 games to go! It’s very early. I might be prone to panic IF …
- I thought Yasiel Puig would continue to hit .108 against LH pitching (he is hitting .444 against RH pitching;
- I though Logan Forsythe would not play again (he did not play last night, but is hitting .429 against LH pitching); and
- I thought lefty-killer, Franklin Gutierrez would be out the rest of the year.
In 2016, the Dodgers were dead last in baseball in batting average against LH pitching and they were 26th in runs scored against LH pitching. At some point, Gutierrez will return, Puig has demonstrated that he is working the count and getting better at bats and I believe there si no reason he will not hit better against LH pitching, and obviously, Forsythe will be back. Maybe we can use Braun, but you aren’t geing to get him with players you don’t want. Allegedly, Milwaukee wanted Bellinger and Alvarez the last I heard. Toles and Kazmir? Ha! Trade Puig? Not at this point – he could be just reaching his potential. You can’t chance that now.
On paper, the Dodgers improved against LH pitching with the additions of Forsythe and Gutierrez. Yes, they don’t play the games on paper, but they don’t also end the season after 14 games, do they? Baltimore is on track to win 119 games and Cincinnati is on track to win 99. I’ll bet neither makes the playoffs. It’s a long season and it’s silly to panic after 14 games. That said – I would be kicking the tires on a RH bat. It’s going to be hard to find a better fit in LF than Braun. His batting average is currently up to .289 and he’s still a .300 hitter. I think that as his 5/10 rights get close to vesting the Brewers will be motivated and it is going to cost the Dodgers to get him. If the Dodgers took 100% of his salary, it would be less. I’m not sure they are inclined to do so, but you never know.
How about Toles, Thompson and Calhoun for Braun? It’s a lot to give, but it could bring a pennant… or two!
Rants and Raves
- Yadier Alvarez was beat like a rented mule Monday night. It was very ugly! Maybe that’s a wakeup call for him to keep in shape and not stick so much food down his piehole!
- Cody Bellinger will be on the Big Team before the end of May. Where will he play – 1B, LF or CF? That is the only question.
DODGERS PLACE GRANT DAYTON ON DL,
RECALL JOSH FIELDS
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton on the 10-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Fields from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Fields, 31, made four relief appearances for the Dodgers in his first stint with the big league club, tossing three scoreless innings and striking out six batters, while allowing only two baserunners to reach base via a walk and a hit. Fields, who was optioned on April 14 to Triple-A OKC, was acquired by the Dodgers on Aug. 1, 2016 from the Astros in exchange for minor league infielder Yordan Alvarez and went 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 22 games with Los Angeles last year.
Dayton, 29, pitched in last night’s contest against the Diamondbacks tossing a scoreless inning of relief and issuing one walk. In seven relief appearances this season, Dayton has tossed 6.1 scoreless innings and has limited the opposition to a .095 batting average (2-for-21). This will be Dayton’s first stint on the disabled list in the Major Leagues.
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