Most of you aren’t privy to this, but FAZ has decided that instead of signing a former Number One Draft Pick like Bryce Harper after this season as a free agent, they will just tank… go 0-162 and get their own for free. That will save the team $400 million. Winning is overrated anyway! Come back next year – this season is over! These guys could jump out of a boat and not hit water.
If you believe that, I have some swampland that you might enjoy. Baseball is maddening some days. Giancarlo Panik saddled the Dodgers with back-to-back 1-0 losses to open the season. The good news is that the Dodgers pitching has been outstanding, Kenley Jansens diminished velocity notwithstanding (more about that later). It’s just that the Giants pitching has been “outstandinger.” I made that word up.
Alex Wood looked the part of a #2 starter which should cool the talk that the Dodgers need another Top-of-the-Rotation Starter. No they don’t – if anything they need Justin Turner’s bat. They obviously miss it, but there are no excuses. You do or you don’t do. Last year, the Dodgers scored 14 runs on Opening Day and then got shut out the next day. Go figure!
There Were a few (very few) High Points and that did not include Logan Forsythe’s three errors. I know some Dodger fans are trading him as we speak. It was just one of those nights for him. He might not have 3 errors the rest of the season. He has a great glove, although last night he did not flash it.
Actually, Joc Pederson lost both games for the Dodgers – he should have hit a home run in the teams last at-bat both days. Blame it on Joc… it’s his fault. Andrew Toles would have hit two grand slams and the Dodgers would be 2-0, instead of 0-2.
Matt Kemp made a nice running catch in the corner – it wasn’t spectacular, but I don’t think he makes it last year with a 40 pound monkey on his back. If he can do that the Dodgers will be OK… now if he could just hit!
He was simply outstanding. He is not trying to overpower hitters…. he is just pitching. 1 hit in 8 innings and no walks. That is outstanding! He is topping out at 91-92 MPH instead of 95-96 like he did early last year. He was good last year – very good, but he might be better this year. If Kershaw and Wood can each give the Dodgers 190+ innings, that will be BIG!
His bloop single prevented a perfect game. I’ll take it. Way to spoil history, Chris.
He has looked very good behind the plate this year. He looked good with the bat in game one. He is a player who could have a breakout year, along with Kike and Yasiel.
OK, turn the page – there’s nothing to see here folks… move along! This is nothing that a 10-run inning can’t cure! Finally: Is Kenley Jansens’ diminished velocity the result of a late start (designed deliberately to keep him fresh at the end of the season) or the result of an arm issue. It’s too early to jump to that conclusion, but his velocity is greatly diminished. Dodger fans await with baited breath!