… which is why it’s a good thing we don’t have to play any “perfect teams.” Yes, we have flaws, and so does everyone else, but I am going to suggest that while we have a pretty good group of players, the sum of our parts is greater than any other team, and our record happens to prove that. For that matter, we may not have even played our best baseball yet. We are due to get one of the best players in the game back next week, after a 50 game absence, and we have the best record in baseball despite that fact that three of our stars (Martin, Furcal and Ethier) have “all but disappeared” for extended periods this year. There is still hope that all three can rebound with a vengence.
Ned Collotti made the two best free agent signings of the off season in Casey Blake and Orlando Hudson, and as good as Orlando Hudson has been, Casey Blake has been even better. Some complained that Ned paid $17 mil for Blake and therefore got robbed. I would suggest that Blake got robbed based upon his production. Casey Blake abd Orlando Hudson should stand as an example of how to run a franchise. Lots of GM’s have paid a bunch more and gotten a whole lot less (Ned has did it too).
It should not be lost upon us that our biggest losing streak this season is two (2) games! Good teams perform like that. A year ago, out fractured clubhouse was more like the “outhouse”. Today, it’s closer to the “penthouse!” Blake and Hudson have had a big hand in that. Along with Casey Blake and the O-Dog, Matt Kemp, Juan Pierre and James Loney have been there “day-in-an-day-out!’ Those 5 players have played like champions. Hopefully, Martin, Ethier and Furcal will pick them up.
If this is an “arms race” then we will be the champion. No one has more arms and we saw that even Jason Schmidt could actually becaome a factor for us. Dare we hope? NO! But, it is a possibility. We really have too many options we have to explore as starters, before we should ever explore the trade market.
We do need a good LH pich hitter – and we have two on the DL – Doug Mientkiewicz and Xavier Paul. One should be available soon.