I am giving Bill Plaschke a temporary respite from being a fish hack.
His article in The LA Times today hits the nail on the head. Tomorrow he will go back to being a fish hack like the rest of his ilk, but today he’s FREE.
Look, you can spin it anyway you want it, but three things are undeniable:
- Matt Kemp beat Ryan Braun in practically every statistical category;
- Matt Kemp did it with the likes of James Loney, Juan Uribe and Casey Blake hitting behind him, while Ryan Braun did it with #3 in the MVP Race, Prince Fielder hitting behind him; and
- The Dodgers would have won a lot fewer games without Kemp than the Brewers would have won without Braun.
The Dodgers Are Not As Bad As You Think
No offense, but don’t get all upset over this. The 2011 version of the LA Dodgers finished the season with 82 wins. Don’t drink the Cool-Aid that the team was horrible. There were just 12 other teams who had a better record. If my math serves me right, there are 30 teams in MLB and as much crying, moaning and groaning as there was last year,the Dodgers finished well into the Top 50% of the teams. Not great, but not as horrible as many of the fans want to make it.
Additionally, after the All-Star Break, the Dodgers record was one of the best in baseball. They got off to a horrid start and most of the team underachieved last year. While Kershaw and Kemp were having outstanding years, Uribe, Furcal, Loney, Ethier and others struggled mightily.
Some people automatically take the negative route. They see the glass as half empty – every time. They only see the bad. They think the Dodgers are ruined, that they will never recover from Frank McCourt in10 years. As I have said before, Frank McCourt has left the Dodgers in remarkably good shape…. as long as someone like Joe Torre or Peter O’Malley doesn’t end up running the team. Everyone is lining up to buy the team – most of them glory-seekers!