No matter how big of a Dodger Cynic you are, you have to admit that this Dodger Team, right here, right now, is better than the 2018 version. The 2018 version did not have Joe Kelly, Corey Seager and Julio Urias. Even if the Dodgers are done dealing… and I doubt they are, the team is better than last year. I’d like to say they are better without Turner Ward because they have RVS, but that is still to be decided. It’s apparent that Friedman and Roberts are on the same page and focused on improving the teams’ situational hitting, minimzing platoons and cutting-down strikeouts.
What can we expect from Joe Kelly? Until recently Joe Kelly was consistently inconsistent. He walked too many and struck out too few… but man-o-man… his stuff is fast, filthy and furious. He couldn’t start and couldn’t close. I am betting that Honeycutt, Prior and the Dodgers Brass see something great that they believe they can invoke in JK. Andrew Friedman throws around nickels like they are manhole covers when we are talking relievers, so why is Joe Kelly any different? Because he IS different! 100 MPH different with movement.
Maybe Kenley teaches him the cutter. I guarantee that Friedman did not give him $25 million for smoke and mirrors. Henceforth, I shall never refer to him as Joe Kelly, just like I never call Striker Buehler by his real name. From this day forward, he isMachine Gun Kelly. If you don’t know who that was… look it upHERE… and I am not talking about some silly rapper. Machine Gun Kelly will take hitters hostage and humiliate them if they don’t pay his ranson. The real Machine Gun Kelly was not a good guy, and in our climate of political correctness, I am sure some will oppose that name, but a reliever that throws 100+ with filthy stuff has to be called Machine Gun.
Scott Alexander (I’ll have to work on a name for him) and Machine Gun will form a formidable L-R Tandem in the bullpen next season. Sprinkle in Floro, Ferguson and others and the Dodgers might just have a world-class bullpen. BTW, I am on record as predicting a great season for Alexander in 2019…. Chicken Strip too!
Pedro Moura of The Athleticwrote this yesterday:
Why spend big right now when you already know you have a good chance at another World Series bid as is?
The obvious answer isTO TRY AND WIN THE WORLD SERIES! Dodger fans are looking for more movement, but rest assured, Andrew Friedman will not overpay! It’s likely that an outfielder (or two) gets traded and a starting pitcher (or two) gets dealt, but who and when depends upon how other teams value players. We may think the Dodgers could have offered a better package for a Paul Goldschmidt, but the D-Bags may not value players that the Dodgers offered as much. I’m not saying the Dodgers even tried to get Goldy – that just an example. Lots of people think St. Louis got Goldy on the cheap, but SL feels like they gave up a lot and AZ loves what they received. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
There will likely be more action, but it could be slow. Sit around the Hot Stove and let’s talk.