There’s not much left for the Dodgers to play for… except maybe immortality! Being immortalized as the best team in the history of the game could be quite and incentive. The Dodgers are playing at .713 clip and could eclipse the record of 116 games. It’s a longshot and it really means nothing, but it’s withing access. No other teams are within a dozen games of the Dodgers record. The blue bloods will have to deliver, but it will be the role players – the junkyard dogs – who could help the team attain that immortality.
The Astros and the Cubs depth has been exposed. The Cubs remain dangerous, but after a good start, Jose Quintana has 4.50 ERA in the past 28 days and he be THAT guy – his ERA over the past year is 4.34. He’s OK, but not the savior some thought. Jon Lester has a 6.39 ERA over the past month, including an 11.74 ERA over the past 14 days. On the other hand, Jake Arrieta has been great the past month, with a 1.95 ERA. Kyle Hendricks has also been good since he came back from the DL.
The Nats remain dangerous, but they have pitching concerns and no real closer. The bullpen is a ragtag group and beyond Scherzer and Gonzalez, the rotation is spotty. They have no depth to weather a storm. The Dodgers are built for the long haul – they have the depth and they have the best manager in baseball. They are locked and loaded and I believe they understand, while it would be great to set the all time win record, it would not mean as much if they flame out in the playoffs. The prime objective is JUST WIN THIS GAME! They have to think that EVERY game and they will be fine.
Curtis Granderson will evidently play against RHP. I doubt that he plays much against LH’ers. The question is, should he hit leadoff against righties with Chris Taylor moving to #5? To me, that would cause Cody to get better pitches. Granderson has a career .356 OB% against RH pitching and as a leadoff hitter he has a .340 OB%. I don’t know that there is a RIGHT answer, but it seems to me that this lineup might be most effective against RHP:
- Granderson CF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger LF
- Taylor 2B
- Gonzo 1B
- Puig RF
- Grandal C
That puts Logan Forsythe on the bench against LH pitching and he is hitting over .300 against them. These things have a way of working themselves out, due to injury or lack of production, but the team’s depth is crazy. It should be fun to watch.
Rants and Raves
- I don’t think Kenta Maeda’s arm got tired as much as his brain got tired. He seems to lose focus easily! It seems to me that his limit is 5 innings – perfect for a long man in the bullpen.
- Buehler continues to struggle in a relief role. Yesterday 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K.
- Dennis Santana went 6 innings and allowed 5 hits and 1 Run, while striking out 10 and walking 1 at Tulsa.- He’s making my prediction of him being a reliever look bad.