But, just who is that man? Currently, I do not think it is Andre Ethier (he may never be back), Adrian Gonzalez (another two weeks?), Logan Forsythe (at least a week away), Willie Calhoun (not ready), Scott Van Slyke (seriously?), O’Koyea Dickson (sliding badly after great start), Brett Eibner (no), Trayce Thompson (needs another few weeks) or Alex Verdugo (Verdugo is holding his own at AAA, but with absolutely no power). Maybe one of them could step up later, but at this juncture, it doesn’t appear that one of them is the answer. It’s a big blow to lose Andrew Toles, who seemed to just be coming into his own and it’s a shame, but it is what it is, and it truly is next man up!
When Clayton Kershaw went down last year, many people were lamenting the luck and felt the Dodgers were doomed. I wrote that it may end up being a blessing… and it was! Never underestimate the power of the human spirit! But, the Dodgers have great depth to pull from. I think the first order of business is to decide if Chase Utley can be viable part of this team or not. I’ll give you the fact that it can take a while to get going and he did have a double on Tuesday Night,followed by two hits last night, so that is encouraging, but can he continue? I hope so, but I am not so sure.
This is not going to go away for a while – Does it make sense to trade for Ryan Braun? It’s a fair question… and a real question now that Andrew Toles is gone for the season. I was beginning to think that with Toles progress, maybe a trade was not necessary. Now it may be a reality that the Dodgers need to make a trade. Ryan Braun is on the radar – you can rest assured that the Dodgers checked in with the Brewers again. However, that may not be the best solution. He is injured AGAIn and his breakdown physically is not going away. Maybe he could pop a few “roids?”
Remember, to get quality, you have to give up quality. The Chicago Cubs need pitching. The Dodgers need a left fielder. How about a switch-hitting left fielder with 25+ HR power and a plus bat? How about Ian Happ? Trade Alex Wood even up for him! Happ is an above-average runner and solid base stealer who draws walks and could fit at the top of a lineup. He has great strength and plus bat speed with above-average power from both sides of the plate that plays more with line drives to the gaps. Happ goes deep in counts, but doesn’t shorten up with two strikes and has a track record of striking out a lot. It may be a year early for him… or not! He is like Seager and Bellinger in that he plays up to his competition. I would consider it! The Cubs need a good starter and Alex Wood is one! His value has never been higher.
What is real NOW!
Logan Forsythe is likely due back off the DL in a few days. He has logged 14 games in LF. He is a possibility there. Of course, Cody can play anywhere in the OF, although Center may be pushing it.
- Forsythe LF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Grandal C
- Taylor 2B
- Pederson CF
- Puig RF
That’s may not be too bad…. but I want Happ! I’m pretty certain that Bellinger will be the short-term LF. Currently, the Dodgers have 5 position players and 7 pitchers on the DL. Depth Baby! They have two teams!
Rants & Raves
- Maeda went 8.1 which is his longest stint in MLB… ever. I would have taken him out after 8, but I get what Doc was trying to do.
- Rich Hill threw 5 hitless innings at RC last night. He threw 68 pitches and his control was not great but his stuff was filthy. Now, let’s see how his finger is. Maybe that callous is growing..
- Yadier Alvarez went the last 4 innings – 5 hits, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K – he’s not there yet!
- Cody Freaking Bellinger – what can you say?
- Andrew Toles will come back stronger and better than ever next Spring. I believe that!
- As long as the only runs Baez gives up are homers, I’m fine with it!