A week ago, the Dodgers were dead and buried.
Everyone said it. I said it! That didn’t make it true.
There was one difference: I have always maintained that this team had the talent to win it all.
I felt that they were dramatically under-performing. It too much to ask them to win the division, but the Wild Card spot is realistic. This team has too much talent to have played so poorly. Sometimes baseball is a game of streaks and these guys have shown they are nothing if not streaky! I may have thrown dirt on their grave too soon. Not only do I think they can win the Wild Card, but I think they could be very difficult for other teams in the playoffs… providing they stay healthy.
- Jon Broxton looks better with the 9th inning heat off.
- Belisario is getting it together, not a moment too soon.
- Kuo is amazing.
- Jansen has the “swagger” of a closer!
- Lilly, Kuroda, Billingsley and Kershaw are about as good as any 4 in baseball and Padilla (if healthy) makes a nice staff.
- Rod Piazza may just get his 6 weeks of fame.
It’s a lot to ask! Manny needs to stay healthy and Raffy needs to stay healthy. Raffy was on his way to a career year. Can he keep injury free? I would doubt it… but you never know! They could be helped by some call-ups in September, namely RDLR, AJ, IDJ2, Flash’s kid, X-Man and another one or two role players, and they would have to be really, really lucky, but it could happen. Again, I will assert that the team has the talent. Now, all they HAVE to do is win, Baby!
What happens against the Rockies will determine the Dodgers season. They have until Tuesday to decide what to do with Manny. If they sweep the Rockies (anything short of that won’t work), then it’s on, and Manny will stay in LA the rest of the season. This team has some vets who have been there, done that, and can deliver in the clutch – Theriot, Podsednik, Belliard, Johnson, Ausmus, Barajas, Blake, Manny, Raffy, et al.
Factor in that Kemp, Ethier and Loney are due to get hot and the Dodgers could become an offensive juggernaut!
The fat lady ain’t singing!
It’s time to fish, not cut bait!
Will it happen? I don’t know!
Can it happen? Yes, it can!
Could these be Destiny’s Dodgers?