The Dodgers started the season 30-13, so they are 30-39 since if my math is correct. There are 50 games to go and this team has shown they are fully capable of going 30-13 or 30-39. Can they go 30-20 the rest of the way? Absolutely they can. Will they? They have did it before – that’s all I know. Down the stretch they were one of the best teams in baseball last year. Through May, they were the best team in baseball (record-wise) this year. So, to say they can’t do it, especially with the additions of Victorino, Ramirez, League, Blanton and Choate would be just plain ignorant. To say that they will do it is equally stupid!
The Dodgers are fully capable of running off a big winning streak – they have proven that, especially with their solid pitching (2nd in baseball). A team with good pitching will always be dangerous. They have also proven that they can be as inept as anyone when it comes to scoring runs. Ramirez and Victorino have been pressing – of that I am sure, but they are both too good to have that happen long-term. Up until last night, the team has underperformed with the bats for a while. If they can step-up, it could be all over.
The D-Back are 1 game over .500 – I believe they are what they are – a .500 team. The race will be with the Giants who seem to have a better Tim Lincecum. I have no clue what will happen. The Giants are challenged offensively too. The Dodgers could go 30-20 and win 90 games and the division or they could go 20-30. Here we go….
Chad Billingsley with another quality win last night. Can we trust him yet?
If forced to predict, I would predict that the malaise has lifted and you will see a different team on Friday in Miami. That’s all we can hope for. Victorino, Kemp and Ethier seem to be awakening, and as maligned as Mark Ellis is, he still has a .360 OB% in the #2 hole. I’ll take it. This team can do some damage – IF THEY CAN HIT THE WAY THEY ARE CAPABLE.
Until this year, Loney was a lifetime .290 hitter – he’s at .252. Juna Rivera is a lifetime .264 hitter. He’s at .250. Ramirez is a lifetime .300 hitter – he’s at .244. Uribe – forget about Uribe.
AJ Ellis, Kemp, Ethier, Ramirez , Victorino and Loney (yes Loney) are all capable of hitting .290+ (some a lot higher). This team does have hitters, unlike what some fans try and say. Dodger hitters have underperformed collectively this season, which means one of two things:
- They suck; or
- Watch out when they wake up!
- Congratulations to Mr. Misty May.
- Yasiel Puig was 2-3 last night and is now batting .407. He’s a man among men at Rookie League. Enough already! Skip A ball and move him to Chattanooga. Like NOW! He’s obviously ready!
- Tony Gwynn, Jr. cleared waivers and is headed to Albuquerque, as is Jerry Sands (Adam Kennedy is baccccckkkkkk).
- Sands time will be next year.
- Contrary to reports, Alex Castellanos is not playing 1B! He’s staying at 3B.
- John Ely pitched a shutout at Albq yesterday (12-7) and has a 3.25 ERA. He also struck out 8 and walked 1. That is amazing for AAA!
- Elian Herrera was 3-3 with 3 RBI in the second game of a double-header and is hitting .336.
- Joc Pederson is on fire and is hitting .302 after going 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 walks yesterday. His stock is exploding. He could see some time at AA the last week or two… maybe.
- Pedro Baez is at .140. What?
- Corey Seager is hitting .288 and has 14 errors in 28 games. And you though Dee Gordon was bad? He’s doing quite well actually.