I still like the name “The Big Blue Wrecking Crew” but that was another time and another team. We can’t use the same name again – there are rules against such things. The 1988 Dodgers were comprised of “The Stunt Men” who include Mickey Hatcher, so that was a fitting moniker too. I thought of other names like “The Blue Juggernaut.” But, the way this team is built with a mixture of vets and young players and with the incredible depth that they have and just the way they go about their business is like a “machine.” They are a MACHINE! A machine is where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and the parts in this machine are pretty dang good.
The Big Blue Dodger Machine – I like it! Henceforth they are christened as such and are to be called by that name. The Big Dodger in the Sky has given his approval upon the name. It is now the law of the land. I have proclaimed it! Dang, I sound like Donald Trump! The Big Blue Dodgers Machine refers to this current version of the Dodgers… we might call them that for the next 10-15 years! It’s a good time to be a Dodger fan, right about now!
Doc is Right – Cody Stays at 1B
I had hopes that Adrian Gonzalez would miraculously revert to his glory years after a few nice hits, but it ain’t happening. He is on the downhill slide of his career but he can be a nice role player. Cody Bellinger may be the best defensive 1B in baseball and of course, we know how his bat plays. He is the 1B – Period! Adrian will get a few spot starts with Cody going to the outfield, but Adrian is a role player for the Dodgers as of right now, unless A-Gon really starts driving the ball and I have only seen a couple of flashes. He has “warning track power” but knows how to get a key hit. He’s part of The Machine.
The Dodgers infield is among the best in baseball… if not the best, defensively and offensively. Utley and Forsythe share 2B, but Corey Seager and Justin Turner are amazing. This team has two Cy Young winners on the DL and another Cy Candidate there as well. The cleanup hitter and ROY is there too along with other high-quality players and they don’t miss a beat.
The outfield is set as Chris Taylor is now the current and future centerfielder (sorry Joc, but you have no future in CF here… maybe LF, but that is on you). Granderson and Puig man the corners of an excellent outfield. Of course, Granderson is here for just this year (I suppose he could come back on a team-friendly deal like Chase Utley, if he wanted). Next year, this just might be the lineup:
- Barnes 2B
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Taylor CF
- Puig RF
- Grandal C
- Toles or Verdugo LF
If Farmer is ready to be the backup catcher, I would love to see Austin Barnes at 2B. I think he’s is who his stats say he is .299 BA/.419 OB%, .928 OPS in less than 200 plate appearances). I like Logan Forsythe a lot, but with Farmer blossoming and Barnes being a very good defensive 2B and excellent hitter, I would make that move. Forsythe is tradable but to Dodgers do not have to pick up his option up. Granderson will likely be gone and Toles will be back. Maybe A-Gon retires and has his contract torn-up to get his pay off the books and the Dodgers sign him to a 10-year personal services contract. There is no better liaison to the Hispanic community.
Rants and Raves
- Chris Taylor is for real! His swing is for real. He’s a huge cog in The Machine. Just imagine that FAZ got him for some trash they wanted to dispose of (apologies to Zach Lee).
- Alex Wood is in the Cy Young conversation. Another trade below the radar.
- Yasmani Grandal means more to this team than most people even understand.
- Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig were all acquired by the old front office, but FAZ was loathe to trade them and it has paid off in spades.
- Yes, Ned Colletti and Logan White left their stamp on the team, but this is Andrew Friedman’s team and they will be a machine for quite some time. This is a sustainable model that FAZ has built and it is nothing short of incredible.
- The Dodgers Have 91 Wins – No Other Team Has More Than 78! That is just plain sick!
- Remember when we (me included) wanted to get rid of Maeda and Ryu? That was silly!
- Scott Barlow went 10 and struck out 7 on 3 hits at Tulsa. OKC may not play for a while with all hurricane rains and such.