Everyone seems to use the W.I.N. philosophy in business, in sales and motivation, but I don’t see that acronym much applied in sports.
What’s Important Now is something the Dodgers need to focus on. Their hitting (actually the lack thereof) is the direct result of ignoring the Don Mattingly Plan which is to work the count, expose the pitcher and capitalize on high pitch counts. Here’s what I think is important:
- Listen to Mattingly and work those counts.
- Quit being “homerun happy” – a string of hits can break a pitchers back JUST AS QUICK AS A HOME RUN.
- Find something to do with that sloth in LF – The Dodgers Cannot win with Manny Ramirez in LF – PERIOD! I tried to tell you all that the Dodgers should not have signed him. I think he can still hit – as a DH in the AL – Ned can move him because his salary is low, but he will have to “eat” the deferred money. The Dodgers simply have to move him. I think the Yankees would give up a decent prospect for him – shoot, I’d take Javier Vasquez for him. They could use a DH like Manny and I think that might be just the ticket. I would not be opposed to using the X-MAN and Reed Johnson in RF. I think we would be a better team. It’s time to cut bait!
Justin Miller has been a nice addition to the pen. He’s a guy who can pitch 2 innings in the 6th or the 7th and do a credible job, leaving Beliasrio and Kuo for later. Sherrill and Padilla pitched well last night at IE (see Jared’s Minor League Report). The Dodgers pitching is in great shape right now and Kuroda pitched well enough to win… and might have without that sloth in LF.