On April 25, 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers had 10 wins and 11 losses and Dodger fans were talking crazy:
Watching the Dodger hitters ineptitude last night was frustrating.
It seems to me (bright baseball minds on this sight can provide the stats that say yea or ney) that the inability to hit LH pitching or with RISP goes hand in hand with games like last night where there is a ‘hitting malaise’, when the whole team can’t hit to save their lives.
The above two lack of hitting stats are often sited, but the Dodgers seem to have a lot of games where the bats are silent where good pitching is not necessarily the reason. Last night seemed to be a case in point.
Can we puleeeezzzee get a few hits and score a damn run! It’s Matt friggin Cain, not a right handed Sandy Koufax! We should have pounded this guy by now.
It’s early if this season is your perspective, but the Dodgers not hitting LH pitching, nor hitting with RISP has been a problem for a number of seasons. It has gone on way toooooo lonnnnnng, it’s begs to be fixed.
Fans were calling for Forsythe, Pederson, Hernandez and others to be traded or sent to AAA. Dave Roberts was an idiot with his incessant lineup changes, platoons and all the horrific WRONG MOVES. Everything Doc did was wrong and FAZ and the Dodgers front office were a bunch of stupid dumb-asses.
Then along came Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers next went 52-8, with that same blundering fool, Roberts and his constant lineup tinkering and the same idiots in the front office. Disclaimer: For the uninitiated, I am being sarcastic! However, here we are: the Dodgers are also currently 1 game below .500 on April 25, 2018. Is it Deja Vu, all over again? In 2017, it was Cody Bellinger who ignited the team at the end of April with his callup. In 2018, Justin Turner is a week or two away from returning… and as good as Cody was, Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ best hitter. It’s time for ignition!
Also, Alex Verdugo and Andrew Toles are going to be factors in 2018… especially if any of the outfielders faulter. Dave Roberst is seeing what he has and is giving players a chance to succeed… players like Joc Pederson and Pedro “El Gasolino” Baez who drive fans crazy, but Dave Roberts and FAZ want to win the war… not just the battle. While you are thinking about the “little picture” (this game), they are looking at the “Big Picture” (this season).
Joc and El Gasolino won’t have forever to get it together… although Baez has not been as bad as many think. I won’t bother you with the stats. Look it up. Joc also has a key kit last night. So my advise is QUIT TAKING LEAVE OF YOUR SENSES! It’s early, YES IT IS EARLY and the Dodgers are about where they were at the same time last year. Oh, in case you forgot, they won 104 games last year. Then I hear some say, “well they won’t win 104 games this year at the rate they are going.” Really? They are doing the same as last year. You may be right and they may not win 104 games, but it’s not because they have the same record as last year.
Some say Kemp should be in there more. What if he had a “tweak?” Well he did/does. It’s a long season and Doc knows that the Dodgers need to be hitting on all cylinders at the end of the season. Yes, Doc has it! Some of you bitched about the same things last year. This gets wearisome for me… it really does.
By the way, Clayton had a bad game – No more. No less. Except his bad game is just 3 runs. There’s nothing to see here. Move along! This will pass, JT will be back, some faces will change, the Dodgers will hit and they will pitch and field and win the West and be ready for the playoffs. What I want to see is Maeda in the pen and Buehler in the rotation and this lineup:
- Taylor CF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Kemp LF
- Grandal C
- Verdugo/Puig RF
- Forsythe 2B (yes, Forsythe)
Kenley worries me, but the Dodgers have the resources to get a closer. It’s always the darkest right before the dawn.
Be patient, grasshoppers! I have to get to bed as I have to get up at 4:00 AM and fly to Atlanta. I’ll be back at 7:30 PM and then return to the airport to pick up my wife at 1:30 AM who is coming back from a Netsuite Seminar in Las Vegas. I am picking her up with her Birthday Present which she has no clue about. Wish me luck! I’ve never bought a new car for someone’s birthday.