One day, it’s 12 runs, the next day it’s 3. It can be pretty. It can be ugly and it can be pretty ugly! It’s just about doing the little things necessary to win… like Kike Hernandez acting like a ballerina around a bat and a catcher. Just win, Baby – that’s all! I thought Yasmani ended it in the 9th – that’s as far as you can hit the ball without it going out. The blast didn’t do it so the Dodgers danced their way to a win!
Matt Kemp has not only redeemed himself but, along with Justin Turner, he is the heart and soul of this team. I mean, who could have predicted that a fat, malcontent prima donna would evolve this quickly, this much. A good brawl always draws the boys together. Personally, I saw nothing wrong with Kemp running over the catcher and the catcher pushed him first, so I think both should have been ejected. There should be no suspensions. It was just one of those things. I’m glad he didn’t slide – if anything he should have hit him harder.
Kenta Maeda looked pretty sharp for just coming off the DL. The bullpen was stellar! The Dodgers team ERA is down to 3.68 and the starters ERA is down to 3.51, same as the Cubs and tied with them for 4th in the NL! I am still of the opinion that they do not need another starter with Hill due back.
These guys just win. No excuses. No starting pitchers? No excuses! These guys are just junkyard dogs with a steely resolve. Sometimes going through the fire like they did early in the season burns you up and there’s nothing left. Other times, it galvanizes you. Losing JT for 6 weeks and Corey hurt and having starting pitchers drop like flies could have caused these guys to quit. It did the opposite… it caused them to start!
If adversity builds character, these guys are ready. FAZ would do well not to mess with the makeup of this team. “Team chemistry” is an intangible not understood by some… especially these who have never been a part of such a thing. There is a day off today and then it’s time to sweep the Giants! As these guys get healthy and work out things, I think they are going to be just fine and I can feel a return to the Fall Classic… something that would have seemed impossible a few short weeks ago.
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