Yesterday, we discussed “standing down” at the trade deadline because of many problems with this 2018 version of the Dodgers. While they are officially in first place in the NL West, they look like a flawed team… and they are! But guess what? So is every other team. It is my opinion that this starting rotation is as good as any in baseball… from top-to-bottom, especially if they are healthy. The Astros have the best Team Starter ERA at 3.02, but the Dodgers are gaining on them and are #2 with a 3.31 Starter ERA.
Overall, the Dodgers are #3 in Combined Team ERA just 0.01 point behind the Yankees who are #2 behind Houston. Here’s an interesting stat: from pitches 60-90, the Dodgers starters are the best in baseball in ERA. Of course, part of that is because the starters often don’t pitch past that and the Dodger starters have fewer innings in that range than many other teams.
There is a lot of good news on the injured pitcher front for the Dodgers with Maeda, Buehler and Hill all healthy and Ryu and Urias getting there. Remember, that Ryu was our best pitcher before he went down. The Dodgers’ starters are #1 in the NL in ERA and #2 in all of MLB behind the Astros. Look at what could be, if the Pitching Staff is Healthy…
Not on the Roster
That’s a lot of depth!
As AC has stated, there are not a lot of stars in the Dodgers’ Minor League System, but there is a lot of depth! So, stand up! Trade Lux and May and Sheffield for Machado and Britton. Hopefully Britton can close if necessary. I am worried about Jansen’s down-tick in velocity, and it would be nice to have a LH closer too. It looks like Britton is now healthy – he has a 0.00 ERA in his last seven games with a 0.86 WHIP.
Manny Machado would look good in that lineup and maybe a new form of Mannymania could take over. Who knows, he might like the bright lights and want to stay? It still seems like something FAZ would not do, but this is a new paradigm – FAZ has never been in this position. They have always had several “dead contracts” on the books. They were prepared to have “Dead Kemp” but he was resurrected! They ARE committed to staying under the salary cap and re-set the tax threshold, so that is an issue they have to work around.
I guess it is going to depend upon what they have to give up. The farm system is deep, and while there are only a few who have “star potential” (Verdugo, Ruiz, Diaz), there are many others who have an opportunity to evolve into star caliber players. Like every Front Office, FAZ has had their share of mistakes. Even the Cubs and Astros had their share of mistakes – it’s just easier to cover those mistakes when you have a bunch of high draft picks, year-over-year. FAZ has never had that luxury, so you really can’t use the same measure. The last two starters acquired by Theo (Quintana and Darvish) have not delivered like expected. Houston whiffed on their #1 draft pick two years in a row. Stuff happens.
Fans complain that FAZ won’t spend the money, but they HAVE spent the money. They have paid more in salary than any team in baseball the past 5 years! I am still very concerned about the “in fighting” and legal issues at Guggenheim. That has the potential to wreck this team.
Who Plays Where?
So, if Manny is traded to LA, we know he will play SS, but where does everyone else play? While Max Muncy is not the equal of Justin Turner at 3B, he is surprisingly good. He has excellent hand-eye cordination and a soft glove. I would consider moving Turner to 2B (if he is willing). CT3 goes back to CF and Cody to 1B. Just my thoughts on the subject!
Among qualifiers, here’s where Yasmani Grandal ranks among all MLB catchers:
- 4th in BA
- 3rd in OB%
- 3rd in OPS
- 4th in HR
- 3rd in RBI
- 5th in doubles
- 2nd in runs scored
- 17th in passed balls
… and yet, so many Dodger fans still hate Yasmani Grandal. Theyt wish he were better… so do I! Yeah, I’d like Realmuto too, but at what cost? Yasmani is pretty damn good… then add in the framing metrics! I had predicted greater things for Yamani, but he’s still one of the TOP 10… maybde TOP 5 catchers in baseball and trading him, unless it’s for Realmuto would greatly hinder a playoff run.