On April 18, 2017, the Dodgers had 8 wins and 10 losses. They simply were not hitting, but I think it ended up OK (except for the very last game). As a matter of fact, on May 3rd of 2017, the Dodgers were just one game above .500. Should the Dodgers make a plethora of moves now and get rid of hitters not hitting and pitchers not hitting? That’s silly and impossible! Does anyone with a rational mind think the following players will end up the season hitting what they are now?
- Cody Bellinger – .240
- Matt Kemp – .222
- Chris Taylor – .222
- Corey Seager – .192
- Kike Hernandez – .188
- Yasiel Puig – .179
- Joc Pederson – .154
- Logan Forsythe – .083
- Kyle Farmer – .000
I seriously doubt it! The pitching has been fine. The team ERA is 2.58 – that’s awesome. It’s just the lack of team hitting. That’s baseball. It will change. These guys will be fine – I don’t think they will win 104 games again, because many teams are improved, but they will likely be around 97-99. Don’t panic.
This team has shown they are incredibly streaky – they can go 52-8 and then lose 20 in a row. I suspect some of it is related to the fact that the goal is to win it all and they are focused on that instead of just TODAY’S game… well, there isn’t a game today, but you get my drift.
Some fans are upset because the Dodgers stood pat… at least that’s what they say. If you are playing poker and have four kings and a 2, does it mean you stood pat if you keep the four kings and only get one card? If Tom Koehler had not hurt his shoulder, the Dodgers would have had seven (count ’em, 7) new players on the roster. I guess standing pat has a different meaning to some.
This team did not need a blockbuster deal – they needed tweaks around the fringes and they needed to get under the Luxury Tax. They did both. You can point to the bullpen meltdown a couple of days ago and rag on Alexander and Baez and claim that suddenly Dave Roberts is a moron, but the pen is fine, the pitching is fine and Urias and Buehler should be ready at different intervals. By the way, Doc is one of the best managers in baseball.
Roberts is exceptional. Its just that when Managers make moves that don’t work, it’s easy to second guess. “Why did Doc use all his relievers, he should have kept some back for a 15 inning game?” Yeah, he should have known Kenley Jansen would blow a 3-run lead and the game would go 15 innings and he would be out of pitchers. The moron should have saw that coming. After all, the second guessers saw it coming. They see everything… after the fact. Geeezzzz! Give it a rest.
This team is too good, too talented, too deep and two focused on what they want to accomplish. Sometimes you can be so focused on a goal that you forget about how to get there. They will figure that out shortly. As we know, the Dodgers have a plethora of outfielders and a trade could be made if they want to tweak the roster… but I would not hold my breath. JUstin Turner will be back… and that will help… a lot!
You don’t dismantle a team that won more games than any other team in baseball in 2017… even though they fell one game short. You don’t stand pat with the same 25 (and they didn’t) – you blend in about 25% new players, but you don’t make wholesale changes. That’s just counterproductive and plain dumb… and FAZ is anything but that.
The Dodgers and Astros front offices have changed the landscape of baseball forever. Scott Borass is no longer able to fleece the GM’s like he used to. They all have the same analytics, they all know that the big free agent deals suck. Guys like Greg Holland and Mike Moustakas had to take pennies on the dollar, because they were asking so much that teams who needed their services just moved on and filled their needs other ways. They moved on and there was no market left! Next years free agent class is also going to feel the pain. There will be no $400 million dollar contracts and no $300 million dollar contracts. The teams no longer play that game with Borasss – they just move on. Scott Borass has lost his power in the analytics era.
I still think Manny Machado makes the most sense for the Dodgers, but that’s a ways away. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have a World Series to win. To do that, they have to focus on the game they are playing TODAY. As soon as they figure that out, they will catch fire and all you need to do is hang on for the ride!