This is what MLB Players live for. This is where legends are made and failures are lamented. This is why they play the game. This, my friends, is called a Pennant Race. May the best horse win. No Snakes allowed! I have said for quite some time that this Dodger team is built for the Post-Season. I might add that it is also built for a pennant race… that is with two assumptions: #1: I assume that Kenley Jansen will be healthy (mentally and physically); and #2: I assume Chicken Strip will be dealing with Spicy Mustard. We will see how mentally strong Kenley is, and if he recovers from the bad streak, it could make him even better. Adversity will make you or break you! I think Kenley will make this a stepping stone and not a stumbling block.
You may say that is “wishful thinking” and you would be correct – it is! The Dodgers won’t be successful without Kenley! I think that is just the way it is, so that is what I am wishing for, but with Chicken Strip, Maeda, Baez, Alexander and Floro pitching out of the pen, he should not be asked to do that multi-inning thing often… if at all. Wow! Floro has been a real find for the Dodgers, hasn’t he? In 20 IP, he has struck out 24, has a 1.74 ERA, .87 WHIP and the league is hitting .153 against him. Erik Goeddel has also been very solid this season. I think Julio Urias will be up soon, even though Roberts said he wants him to be able to pitch back-to-back. I do not think he should do that. Let him pitch when he can… don’t push it.
I am feeling very good about the pitching right about now. I’ll feel even better when/if Kenley is back on his game. The Dodgers are far-and-away the best pitching team in the NL and even with their struggles offensively, they are barely behind the Cubs in runs scored… and I am going to go out on a limb: September will be the FIRST month of this season where the Dodgers post a “Positive Clutch” stat! Why do I say that? WAG!
Puig Flies: According to MLB.com: Puig went from home to third in 11.02 seconds, the second-fastest time for a Dodgers player since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015. The only faster time was Carl Crawford’s 10.72 seconds on April 27, 2015. Puig also had a sprint speed of 29.5 feet-per-second on the play.
In case you are old enough to remember: