Once a Knucklehead… Always a Knucklehead
We all saw Puig get thrown out trying to steal 2B at the end of Saturday Night’s game and Dave Roberts was unusually vocal in his displeasure. It turns out that the blown steal just may have been “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” I am not privy to what is going on, but I have heard whispers that the Dodgers locker room has not been a great place since the middle of August. From what I hear, it involves Puig. Writers know, but they aren’t saying. Me, I don’t know, but Doc is sending Puig a message!
Yasiel Puig will likely win the Gold Glove as a right fielder in the NL and can still hit 30 HR this year. Hopefully, the team can keep him under control throughout the playoffs and World Series and then trade him in the offseason. His time in LA is up. Only one team can afford Giancarlo Stanton and that’s the Dodgers (well, others might think they can) and I predict they will go after him in the offseason. Put together a package of Pederson, Puig, Diaz, Alvarez, Rios or Oaks for Stanton? The Marlins get a choice of 4 or 5 players. Miami get a few Cubans and salary relief.
The Marlins are blowing it all up and Stanton will be traded. The Dodgers could probably have Dee Gordon back for taking his salary and another mid-level prospect. It won’t happen though because even though Dee is #5 among 2B in BA, he is 18th in OPS. FAZ values OPS more than BA.
While we are talking 2B, Brian Dozier leads MLB second basemen with 32 HR. He would have been nice as the #5 hitter – all we had to was include Bellinger in the deal. Ha!
The Dodgers will try and keep a stiff upper lip and keep this “Bay of Puigs” in house, but I think Puig is gone after this season. I would love to see this lineup NEXT year:
- Taylor CF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Stanton RF
- Barnes 2B
- Grandal C
- Verdugo LF
Kay Bear Ruiz will be ready in 2019 (and he is going to be special) and Grandal can walk then. Let Barnes man 2B and let Farmer backup Yasmani. Barnes can also serve as an emergency Catcher which is a nice luxury to have. I think Austin can be an outstanding 2B.
Speaking of 2B, Willie Calhoun, who is a former 2B, got a hit in his first AB for Texas and is 0-13 since.
With Yasmani Grandal’s home run in Sunday’s game, the 2017 Dodgers set the franchise all time record for home runs in a season with 212… and they ain’t done yet! As has been talked about by everyone, they have six players with 20 plus home runs. Actually, it’s seven, but Granderson hit most of them with the Mets. The thing is: the Dodgers can field a lineup where the top seven hitters have twenty plus home runs. That’s a nice piece of their success.
Cy Young: Scherzer or Kershaw?
Clayton is the ONLY Dodger pitcher ever, including Koufax and Drysdale to have seven consecutive 200 strikeout seasons. Right now, it’s pretty even in the Cy Young race in the NL.
- ERA – Kershaw 2.21/Scherzer 2.55
- Wins – Kershaw 18/Scherzer 16
- WHIP – Kershaw 0.93/Scherzer 0.91
I think it boils down to their last start! I think if Clayton is lights out and wins his 19th, he can win, but it is close. On the other hand, Scherzer could also be lights out! The only problem is that Clayton will have to do it in Colorado and that is not a park where he pitches well.
Monday, we need to see Yu Darvish be Yu Darvish. He needs 7 or 8 strong innings for his playoff psyche and the keep the Indians a game behind the Dodgers.