The short answer for some is a resounding NO! Thankfully, they are in the minority!
One of you, sent me a comment from another site the other day. When I read it I immediately knew who wrote it. Of course, he is a FAZ-basher and he ended with “How long has it been since the Dodgers were in the World Series? You do know that every other team in the NL WEST has been in the World Series since the Dodgers last got there.” Stuff like that immediately brands you as a (word that starts with M… and rhymes with ron) because Andrew Friedman has only been in charge for 2+ of those 29 years… and while he was at it he has built one of the best and deepest farm systems in baseball while winning back-to-back NL West titles and getting to the NLDS his first year and the NLCS his second year. Also, the Dodgers are frontrunners to make it to the Fall Classic this year as the team is stacked with depth unheard of in modern day baseball. I guess I do not tolerate fools very well.
Yes, it has been 29 long years and FAZ has been in control all of those years, right? Misplaced aggression – see a shrink, dude! Now back to our regularly schedule programming. These are not your father’s Dodgers and some of you don’t like them very much because… well, they are different. You don’t like change. You want a leadoff guy who steals 104 bases like Maury Wills (“I want Dee Gordon back”). You want starters who pitch 15 or 20 complete games a year and throw 25o plus innings. You want Matt Kemp, not Yasmani Grandal. You want real men, not the sissies that play the game today. BTW, any team can have Matt Kemp – just pay his contract!
While we are at it, I would like to post something that Rowan Kavner posted at Dodger Insider about Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes:
A notable week for Dodger catchers continued Wednesday night, when Yasmani Grandal reached base safely in all four plate appearances.
Grandal went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, recording his second straight three-hit game and his sixth game in his last seven with at least one hit. The performance came one night after Austin Barnes capped off an extra-innings victory with the first walk-off hit of his career.
As solidly as the Dodger catchers have hit the last few days, it can be easy to overlook their contributions defensively this year, particularly those of Grandal, who leads the National League in caught stealing percentage (55.6)and leads all MLB players who’ve caught at least 10 games in the category.
Grandal, who’s never posted a caught stealing percentage greater than 30 in any full season, has made a massive jump this year, catching 10 of the 18 base-runners trying to snag a base on him in 28 games behind the plate this season.
Dodger catchers as a group lead the Majors in caught stealing percentage (50) and wins above average (0.9), according to Baseball Reference. No other NL team has a caught stealing percentage greater than 32 percent.
They’re also first in WAR (1.6), according to FanGraphs. Grandal, individually, leads all MLB catchers in defensive WAR (0.7).
FanGraphs also measures total defensive runs saved (DRS), indicating how many runs a player saved or hurt his team compared to the average player at his position, and Grandal also leads all MLB catchers in that category, as well as defensive runs above average among qualified catchers.
As much as Grandal (.268/.345/.454) and Barnes (.265/.359/.529) have done with their bats, their contributions defensively shouldn’t be ignored.
Yasmani and Austin make up the best catching tandem the Dodgers have had is a long, long time! Hate on ’em all you want, but they are really damn good! I just get tired of people who always like to criticize everything FAZ does so that they can somehow feel a little bit superior in their miserable lives. Baseball is supposed to be fun and when your team is winning why continue to be miserable? I just don’t get it!
When I was at another site, I read criticism of the Dodgers acquiring Alex Wood, Andrew Toles, Grant Dayton, Chris Taylor, Brett Eibner, Chase Utley, Franklin Gutierrez, Austin Barnes, Kike Hernandez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Brett Anderson, Howie Kendrick, Rich Hill and many others, but they continues to defend to the death that THE TRADE was a good thing. They hate FAZ and criticise everything that they can. It’s like criticizing a hitter every time he makes an out. Even if he is a great hitter, you are going to criticize him 70% of the time. How stupid is that? FAZ is not perfect, but they are doing a fantastic job.
Also, I wrote this on February 13th:
I have been telling you a few things over the Winter:
- Julio Urias is going to have a breakout year;
- Yasmani Grandal will come close to 40 HR;
- Willie Calhoun won’t play 2B due to horrible defense and lock of foot speed;
- Among Ryu, McCarthy and Kazmir, at least two will be contributors; and
- Cody Bellinger is ready.
I still stand by that!
Don’t look now, but the Dodgers are now 5th in team batting average, 3rd in runs scored and 18th in HR. They have been running aggressively. The HR will come – remember Yasmani is going to have over 30. So will Cody! We could approach that four with thirty arena. I find it interesting that the Dodgers are #1 in baseball in doubles. Of course, the Dodgers are still #1 in pitching:
- Team ERA – 3.14 which is #1 by a considerable margin.
- Team WHIP – #2 – .01 behind Houston
- Second fewest HR allowed.
- Third fewest bases on balls.
- Fewest Runs allowed and fewest earned runs.
Has anyone learned anything? The Dodgers don’t have the pitching? Reality is calling – you should really give it a listen… to be complaining about the Dodgers pitching marks you are borderline delusional… and it’s probably going to get even better.
RANTS & RAVES
- Yasiel Puig is a loveable scoundrel. He doesn’t run when he should and runs when he shouldn’t. He is a talented knucklehead who will always tantalize us and then disappoint us. We could do worse in RF… but we could also do better.
- Brett Eibner has some power! Light Tower Power!
- Cody Bellinger is OK… huh? He may be the best defensive 1B I have ever seen. Really!
- Pedro Baez has sure picked up his pitching pace and coincidently, he is pitching better than ever. He is force!
- The Dodgers are a half game behind the Rockies who are off to the best start in the organization’s history (before they fade to oblivion). Let’s hope Julio can figure out how to pitch in Coors. Let’s take first place!
Minor League Notes
- OKC lost 6-4 – Dickson and Davis hit HR and the rest of the team had 2 hits. Jurrjens gave up 8 hits in 4.2 as he got the loss, but he gave up no big flies.
- Tulsa won 9-4 – Farmer remained hot going 3-4 (.323) as Scott Barlow wen 6, striking out 8 with 3 hits ands 2 runs. His ERA is 2.86.
- RC won 2-1 – Peters went 2-3 with a walk ands is hitting .300. He will move up after the All-Star break.
- GL l,ost 7-4 – Nothing to see – move along.