A couple of days ago, when the Dodgers won 21-5, I reminded you that you should not get too high – that it was only one game! The 14-0 debacle last night is also only one game, but if I were you I would be very worried right about now. Losing to Verlander 2-1 is no shame, but losing 14-0 with the offense being MIA is a sign that these guys may have quit… and I mean mentally! This has “trainwreck” written all over it and does not bode well for the future of this season. There are several issues:
Dave Roberts Has Head Where The Sun Don’t Shine
I have never been a big lineup guy. Well, what I mean by that is that I have ideas of where players should hit and how a lineup should be constructed, but so does everyone else. It can work many ways. There is usually no one right answer. Should Manny hit #2 or #3? Does it really matter? I think #2, but others think #3 and I have no argument about that. What I do disagree with is the continual use of sabermetrics to fashion a lineup according to the matchups.
Recently, the Red Sox picked up Steve Pearce to be a RH power hitter against LH pitching. He is a platoon player, for the most part. On August 2nd, he started against a LHP and ended up hitting three (3) Home Runs. The next day a RHP started, but Alex Cora, the Red Sox Manager had Pearce’s name in the lineup. In the interest of full disclosure, Steve destroys LH pitching, but he’s not bad against RH pitchers either. The fact is: he is a platoon player, but started the next day after hitting 3 HR out of his normal platoon, was not lost on Alex Cora. He knew Pearce was hot… and damn the statistics, sometimes being hot trumps the stats!
Do you hear me Dave Roberts? Way too many times this season a player has a great game… only to sit the next one! I have a label for that: IT’S A FELONY STUPID MOVE THAT WILL ULTIMATELY GET YOU FIRED! Geeeeezzzzz! I am not going to belabor this point, but sometimes, when a player is in “THE ZONE”, you need to let them stay hot! Damn the statistics! The power of the human spirit trumps statistical analysis. I am all for sabermetrics, but maybe players just need to be human at times. Maybe they don’t know they can’t hit lefties… so they go ahead and do it. By the way, Pearce hit a HR in that next game too.
Doc needs to learn to ride that hot player. Maybe Dozier would not have hit Verlander either – his track record was poor – but he was on a hot streak as a Dodger – why mess with it? I don’t like that. Not even a little bit! There is no stat to measure momentum, but it is real. If you have very played organized sports, you know of what I speak. You can’t measure it, you can’t quantify it, there’s no stat for it, but when you just go by the stats, you ignore a powerful force.
Many people think Cody is starting to come out of his slump… so Doc sits him? That is really dumb and several levels.
Maybe Doc left Maeda in the game too long to show him he belongs in the pen. If he is, he is a genius… if it’s not, he is certified dumbass. Even Ray Charles could see that Maeda was toast! Maeda needs to pitch out of the pen. Maybe this is Doc’s way of showing him that (I don’t really think he is that smart, but maybe he is). Actually, I think his constant “lineup tinkering” has become a detriment to the Dodgers, but he thinks it’s an advantage. Where do they go from here?
Today, I have to remind myself to always be humble and kind, but Doc is making it hard for me right about now.
I have been one of Doc’s biggest supporters, but it seems to me that he is starting to think he is smarter than the people who play the game and believes his press clippings makes him a genius. NOT! Consider the stats and consider the matchups, but consider what kind of hot streak the player is on.
More Rants (no Raves)
- I don’t want to see that “stupid little grin Maeda has when he gives up a bomb. It ain’t funny – I want to see him snarling mad! I also want to see him in the bullpen.
- Manny tries too hard to look so nonchalant. If you are really cool, you don’t have to try and act like it. Quit trying to be cool and just let your bat and glove speak.
- John Axford looked like he did not want to be here when he took the mound. His body language wasn’t good – don’t let the door hit you on the way out…
- Maybe the Dodger’s Depth is a detriment – no one can get enough AB’s to get a rhythm.
- Finally, adjust and if you can’t hit it out, go the other way! Some are doing just that. Most aren’t!
- Kemp hurt his leg last night and he’s slumping – 10-day DL. Call up Verdugo!
- If the Dodgers don’t win today, this series will go down as the time the Astros Broke the Dodgers Spirit!
I believe that this team has more than enough talent to win – however, the talent has to be managed properly…