Last night’s game? Forgetaboutit! Move on – nothing to see here folks.
The team is still on pace to win 115 games. To break the record they will have to have a .717 winning percentage. With the resting of players and looking at roles for the playoffs, it seems unlikely that they will go the requisite 25-9 the rest of the way in order to beat the record. The record might mean something, but the World Series Championship means EVERYTHING. That’s the focus other than everyday it is “just win THIS game”.
Brook Smith of Dodger’s Way suggests that the Front Office should trade Chris Taylor in the offseason in the interests of “selling high” and likens it to the Dee Gordon trade. The same thing was suggested about Justin Turner after his first good year with the Dodgers. He bases this on the fact that Chris Taylor has never been this good before, but neglects to mention that he has re-made his whole swing much like Justin Turner. I read it with interest but then I got to this part, where I realized he didn’t have all his facts correct: “[Darnell] Sweeney projects to be a big part of the major league team in a few years.” Of course, Sweeney now plays for the Reds after being released by the Dodgers. Oh, and the Dodgers aren’t trading Taylor in the offseason. I personally do not think this is his career year. He shows me the ability to make adjustments on the fly, much like Turner, Bellinger and Seager and I really see him as the CF of now and in the future.
Kershaw will allegedly start next weekend against San Diego leaving him 5 or 6 more starts. He needs 21 innings to qualify for the ERA title and I see him getting that easily. Among qualifiers, he still leads in Wins, ERA and WHIP. If he can finish strong, he could have another Cy Young.
There is a lot to be decided this season. Will Wood be able to throw 95+ after he gets back from the DL? If not, will Ryu or Maeda take his place in the rotation? Will Brandon McCarthy come back and can he pitch out of the pen? Will Mike Liberatore be a factor? Will the Tony’s (Cingrani and Watson) get their act together for the playoffs? Will everyone stay healthy?
Andre Ethier looks a long way away to me…
Yu-San goes to the mound for the Dodgers today and Stripling or Ravin will go back to AAA for a few days.
Yadier Alvarez got lit up pretty good again at AA last night. This is really shaping up as a lost year for him.
Craig Minami has a good Minor League Report at TrueBlueLA. No need to re-invent the wheel.
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