So, the Dodgers currently own the best record in baseball at 61-29, which is a .678 winning percentage. With 72 games left, they could go 30-42 and still likely make the playoffs with 91 wins. If they just play .500 ball the rest of the way, they will end up with 97 wins which would be absurd (playing .500 ball and winning 97 games). If they keep up their current pace, they will win 110 games, which is more than the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers won. I remember that well… actually, not so much. I was born right after that season was over.
I think it’s a foregone conclusion they will win 100 games – how many more depends upon when they clinch the division. The Dodgers could have easily won 95 or 96 games last year, but they tanked the last week after clinching early.
Right about now, it’s good for the team to get a mental break and Clayton to get a full week off. I think that the week after the All-Star Game will be eventful. It is my opinion that the Dodgers should call up Alex Verdugo right after the Break to see if he can handle MLB pitching right now. If he can, is there a need to trade prospects for a hitter we may already have?
True, he’s not a power hitter, but that would enable him to hit leadoff where, if successful, he could set the table for Seager, Turner, Bellinger and Taylor. Against tough LH pitchers, Taylor goes back to LF and Forsythe to 2B. It’s tough messing with the chemistry of a team doing so well, but I think it’s more dangerous to trade for a hitter. Of course, they are still looking for a LH pitcher in the pen, but so is everyone. FAZ will likely get one… but who?
Let’s look at how the Dodgers rank around MLB:
- Team BA: 14th
- Team OB%: 4th
- Team OPS: 4th
- Runs Scored: 4th (to those of you who like higher BA’s, ponder this one and the two above it)
- Stolen Bases: 16th
- Team ERA: #1
- Team WHIP: #1
- Batting Average Against – #1
- Starter ERA: #1
- Bullpen ERA: #2
- Bullpen Innings Pitched: #16
- Starter Innings Pitched: #8
- Passed Balls: #6 (the team we just swept has only one – it means ZERO)
The Dodgers almost assuredly will be in the playoffs and likely FAZ is planning a long run, so they need to be very wise in what they do. This team is pretty well set. It is solid and they don’t have to make any moves, but they should and will.
- Gutierrez will retire as his AS is flaring up more often.
- A-Gon and Andre won’t be back.
- Romo and Hatch will also be gone.
- That leaves some opportunities for major moves.
- Oaks, Buehler and Verdugo are possibilities, as is Farmer.
Stay tuned – it should be fun! I’m looking forward to six Dodgers being introduced at the All-Star Game and Cody and his dad putting on a show. He doesn’t hit the longest home runs, but he does hit more HR per swing than anyone is baseball. That’s bodes well for the Bellingers.
Rants & Raves
- Neither Yadier Alvarez nor Alex Verdugo showed much in the Futures Game yesterday. With other pitchers topping out at 101, Yadier’s 97 seemed bland.
- Could Scott Kazmir or Hyun-Jin Ryu be that “lefty in the pen?”
- Should they check ID’s in this pic?