Saturday morning I was listening to MLB Radio and the announcers were saying that the Dodgers 1-4 hitters had to have a good series, because their 5-8 hitters were “almost irrelevant.” Yeah right! Conventional wisdom is often wrong and never were they so wrong as last night when the Dodgers 5-8 hitters scored 7 of their 8 runs.
It appears that Roberts and the front office made the right decision in taking their foot off the accelerator in September and that the team is indeed able to “flip the switch” when needed. In fact, this may be the most “ready” the team has been all season. It’s mentally exhausting to have to keep a high level of focus and intensity all season. I think Roberts letting the team “mentally check out” and also rest players to get healthy may have been a brilliant move, not a mistake.
I would not be surprised if Clayton Kershaw has surgery on his back after the season. I saw him moving gingerly in the dugout last night, like he might be a little stiff. After the game Friday night, he admitted to being spent and essentially gave Doc Carte Blanche to take him out after the sixth inning. Also, if your back is aching or hurt and you get tired, your back is extremely tired and weak. I believe Clayton’s back is an issue.
The Dodgers are back to “let’s see who does it tonight.“
Cody Bellinger is pressing but he will figure it out. In the meantime, the rest of the team picks him up.
Logan Forsythe is finally 100% healthy and see what a difference that makes! I now think FAZ will have him back next year.
Darvish is pitching tomorrow on a lot of rest. Help or hinderance?
Nine more games – 1 at a time!
Austin Barnes will be hard to take out if he keeps hitting like this.
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