Just when we need to step up and win some games, we don’t get any effort. The Dodgers are human and I think they are so focused on the playoffs they have forgotten about the last 7 games. They are looking ahead and plan to make up for last year, but they need to finish this deal first. I am really not concerned – it’s human nature to take your eye off the ball at times. The Dodgers will be fine come playoff time.
Let’s all hope that’s what it is and that they are re-energized come October 7th!
Also, it would seem to me that the manager should be able to re-focus these guys. Maybe? Maybe not?
Did Billingsley pitch well enough to nail down a starting spot in the playoffs? In a word – YES! He has to be there. He has pitched well for the most part his last two starts and I still believe that to win it all, we have to have the “Good Chad Billingsley.”
Below, I will give you my version of the Dodgers roster for the playoffs, but I will say that I have Billingsley on the mound and Kuroda in the pen (at the ready, of course).
Doug Mientkiewicz gives his opinion as who is the Dodger MVP (Ken Gurnick @ dodgers.com), and I happen to agree:
“To me, Matt is what makes us go. He’s our team’s MVP, not to disrespect Andre Ethier, who is having an MVP year. But Matt brings an edge, a snarl, an aggressiveness to us that we need, that every team needs. We feed off his energy. We respond to him. I was really intrigued with him when I got to camp. I thought he was showy, but he changed my mind in one day.
“Just the way he goes about his business, his preparation, he’s fun-loving. He plays all-out every night. To play at that level with his energy 162 is hard to do. There’s a handful of guys I’d pay money to see play and he’s one of them. He’s infectious. I’m a huge Matt Kemp fan and his numbers have nothing to do with it. He has a grinder mentality with superstar skills. You rarely see that.”
Everyone wants to know what the playoff roster will be, so I am going to tell you (this is fact):
Significant Omissions (just not enough space):