So, the Dodgers took two out of three from the Nationals on their home field and you are upset that Stephen Strasburg, the hottest pitcher in baseball, beat them? Let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal. You have to remember a few things:
- The Ultimate Goal is to win the World Series. Nothing much else matters.
- The front office, coaching staff and the manager are very smart.
- The Dodgers saw Strasburg but the Nats didn’t see Darvish.
- Do you think the pitching patterns are going to be the same in the playoffs are they are now? Personally, I think the patterns will be different in the playoffs. That’s part of the game and how you thwart scouting.
- Buehler and Ravin will not be on the playoff roster and it’s possible that Ryu and/or Stripling might not be either. Right about now, I trust Stewart to pitch 2 innings more than I do Stripling.
- The Nats and the Dodgers will both vary their pitching patterns and you saw that the Dodgers are going to be prepared to run… unlike last year.
- Both teams are delivering false signals to each other right now. What’s real? What’s a decoy?
We are not going to learn a lot from this series. Roberts and Baker aren’t tipping their hands. These teams know that they are likely to have to play each other to get to the World Series. Ryu was excellent until he lost his focus – pure and simple – it was a mental lapse. He has to get better at that. He has had those lapses frequently. Two words: Sports Psychologist!
Ryu is simply losing focus or concentration by letting up at times. Actually, he has been very good this year. His walk rate is up be he has delivered for the most part. He should be a very important part of the rotation next year. While we are talking about next year, Stripling, McCarthy and Maeda are all trade candidates. Believe it or not, a lot of teams would love to have Stripling and there’s a market for Maeda and McCarthy. Not all three will be traded, but I could see two of them gone. The big question is whether the Dodgers will try and sign Darvish?
Speaking of McCarthy… he’s supposed to be back this week. Can he pitch out of the pen? Maybe! Maybe not…
The Dodgers were 3-3 this year against the Nats and their magic number to clinch the West is 4! The Indians and Dodgers are 1,2 in team ERA with 3.35 and 3.40 respectively. However, the Dodgers team WHIP is 1.15 compared to the Indians 1.17.