Willie Calhoun has regressed immensely since the trdae to Texas. He is hitting .276 with a .321 OB% with just 6 HR in 300 Plate Appearances. Everyone knew he couldn’t field – now it appears he can’t hit.
Some former Dodger prospects are showing their worth: Andrew Heaney and Zach Eflin are OK starting pitchers. Victor Arano is pitching well in relief for the Phillies. Scott Schebler is having a solid season for the Reds. Feel to add to the list. I don’t have the time to search for all of them.
I continue to believe that the Dodgers do not need pitching. If everyone is healthy, Meada and Wood will go to the pen along with Urias and everything will be peachy. IF they are healthy!
Logan Forsythe is starting to play the way I expected, but another injury and he should be released. He has never been able to stay healthy in LA. What happens when Chase is activated Friday? They have already sent Farmer to OKC. I’m not sure that I wouldn’t rather have Farmer…
Taylor, Bellinger, Puig, Hernandez, Forsythe, Turner and Barnes need to up their OPS immensely or some have to go. Grandal and Utley will not up their OPS, but Grandal is fine at #8. You just can’t have Taylor, Bellinger, Puig, Hernandez, Forsythe, Turner and Barnes ion the lineup at the same time unless they UP THEIR OPS!
Here’s a stat that will surprise you: The Dodgers are #5 in Starter ERA in the NL, just .05 behind the Cubs for 4th and .29 behind the Nats who are the leaders. “Yes but the Nats starters have thrown more innings.” Yes, 25 more, that’s it!
It all boils down to hitting better. I think they need to try Verdugo or Toles at leadoff.
Brandon Morrow should never take off his pants again – it sent him to the DL.
Matt Kemp is the only Dodger hitter having a good season. Joc Pederson is having a solid season, but the rest of the team is sub-par. Well, maybe not Max Muncy, but the entire rest of the team is underacheiving as hitters. One of two things will happen: (1) they will continue to suck; or (2) since this is baseball, we are in for one huge offensive second half! Stay tuned…
There is way too much talent on this team to keep hitting like this.
Will the Dodgers give Grandal the Qualifying Offer? I say yes… and he will sign elsewhere.
Now, the Dodgers need to sweep the Mets.
I meant to post this several months ago, but forgot. This is my son’s Senior High School College Demo Tape:
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