We all know what it is – doing the same thing and thinking you will get different results. The Dodgers bullpen did not lose the game last night. The Dodgers lack of hitting is what doomed them. When you score only 4 runs in 11 innings against a pitcher who has an ERA of over 6.00, you should volunteer to go to the minor leagues. Yasiel Puig is the best defensive RF in baseball – that I know, but he is still hitting .235. That’s evidently who he is. The Dodgers are getting nothing from Utley and Gonzalez. Utley doesn’t move like an old man, but Gonzo does. It was hard for him to get up when he dove for a tag last night. Both need to be off the 25 man roster and either on the DL or somewhere else. It’s the first week of May and neither one can cut the mustard.
As much as I like Kike, he is only hitting .212. We have too many of those guys. He has options and Chris Taylor is outperforming him in every metric. Franklin Gutierrez is earning his keep and Toles is stepping up – QUIT PLATOONING HIM! I have watched him closely the past few games in CF and I don’t see where the idea comes from that he can’t play CF. Some of you believe that Joc is a Gold-Glove CF and that simply is not close to the truth. Joc is a good (not great CF). Currently, Andrew Toles has a higher Range Factor than Joc. However, when Joc comes back on Friday (allegedly), he will go back to CF.
So far, Joc has 4 hits in 14 AB against LH pitching. That is a .286 BA. The problem is that he is hitting .194 against RH pitching… but it’s a small sampling, Here’s what I purpose:
- Utley to the DL
- Gonzalez to the DL
- Kike goes to AAA when Forsythe is activated
- Kazmir and Ethier to the 60-day DL
- Call up Pederson and Dickson
Here’s my lineup:
- Toles LF (L)
- Taylor 2B (R)
- Seager SS (L)
- Turner 3B (R)
- Bellinger 1B (L)
- Grandal C (L/R)
- Puig RF (R)
- Pederson CF (L)
Bench: Kike (R)), F-Gut (R), Barnes (R), Dickson (R)
Run with that for a while. QUIT THE DAMN PLATOONING. Give spot starts to F-Gut, Barnes and Dickson. You have to get this sorted out. Chris Taylor’s bat looks “buggy-whip” quick! Lets’s see what he has. Forsythe might be back soon… or not! The Dodgers have about 10 days to figure out if the need Braun or not! Ryan Braun did a very bad thing and then did a despicable thing in trying to cover it up. However, he is by all accounts, well liked by him teammates.
Look for Jacob Rhame in the bullpen someday soon – You can’t teach 100 MPH. By the way, Mitch White pitched 4 innings at RC with 4 hits, 4 runs, 4’s were Wild.
In Julio Urias first 88 Major League innings he has a 3.08 ERA. He has 89 strikeouts to go with 39 walks. That’s 2.3 Strikeouts per walk. He just turned 20. Most of that body of work was done when he was 19. Now, let’s compare the 19 year-old Clayton Kershaw: Well you can’t because he never came to the majors until he was 20, but when he was 20, he pitched 108 innings and had a 4.26 ERA. He also had 52 BB and 100 strikeouts. That 1.9 strikeouts per walk. Clayton Kershaw said it himself and I will repeat it: “Julio Urias is better at age 20 than Clayton was.” When I compare the two pitchers, I compare then at the same age, not now. Of course, Clayton is the best pitcher in baseball, but since last year’s All-Star Game, Julio Urias has a better ERA .
In no way am I saying that Julio Urias is better than Clayton Kershaw NOW. What I am saying is at the same stage of their development, Julio is better. Julio has more pitches and better control (last night notwithstanding) than Clayton did when he was 20. Clayton used to drive us crazy with his high pitch counts, but he certainly figured it out. The question is: How much will Julio grow as a pitcher? If he continues to grow he can be as good as Clayton, but that would be rare. Still, they are of the same caliber in talent – the final question is Does the fire burn in Julio like it does in Clayton? That is an intangible that means everything!
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