The Los Angeles Dodgers are averaging 1.5 runs per game over the past 10 games. Predictably, they are losing most games. Flash: Ned Colletti says the Dodgers need more pitching. In those past 10 games, the Dodgers are giving up 3.9 runs a game. Now, unless the pitchers the Dodgers get can pitch and hit like Don Drysdale, it’s not going to help.
I violently disagree with those who say the way the Dodgers played early in the season was unexpected. HELLO! The Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball the second half of last season. What is unexpected was how well they played without Kemp and Mark Ellis … For a while. We knew that could not be sustained and now with the apparent absence from the linup of Andre Ethier, the Dodgers are in dire straights.
It is unexpected that James Loney and Juan Uribe cannot even approach having their career “average” season. It is unexpected that Dee Gordon can’t get on base more. Now, with Ethier probably destined to join Ellis and Kemp on the DL, the season could be lost.
Ned thought the Dodgers needed pitching and so he didn’t even consider Kevin Youkilis for $5 million. Yeah, he’s a risk, but at $40 million, Puig isn’t a risk? Please!
Everything is a risk. You have to take some risks to get a reward. Youk was 3-4 last night.
Ellis is headed to a rehab assignment. Kemp should be right behind him. Unless a few underachievers can step up, it may be too late.
JARED MASSEY MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 6-27-12: