As the trade deadline has come to a close, I think that we are all in agreement that our offensive line-up has been significantly upgraded with the additions of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino. Some think we paid to steep of a price for Victorino and we might have; only time will tell. A thumper to compliment Hanley would have been nice, but I guess we will make due with the Loney/Rivera platoon the rest of the way. The Loney/Rivera platoon is clearly the glaring hole in this lineup that makes me want to pull my hair out.
I respectfully disliked Victorino until today because he has always been public enemy number 1 to me after the NLCS. You want to know why? It’s because he was the player I was most scared of during the entire series-the gnat that would never go away. Now he is a Dodger and I could not be happier. I bet his debut tomorrow will involve some type of fireworks and most importantly, a WIN.
- .357 lifetime hitter at Dodger Stadium- I’ll take it!
- Batting .385 in his last 14 games
Pitching wins Championships and I really wanted Dempster, I wanted him BAD. I don’t know if we have the firepower to compete in a playoff series. Kershaw/Dempster would have been a tough one/two. The Billingsley behind door number 1 erases the need for Dempster. The Billingsley behind door number 2 is another story. Harang could have been a force out of the pen. To compete with the gints and snakes, we needed an innings eater for the long haul. Maybe I’m wrong, we shall see. As Mark points out all of the time, you can never have too much pitching.
Andre Ethier had 1 HR in June and 1 HR in July
Offense has slowed; let’s switch it up a little-
5. Mark Ellis
8. A.J. Ellis
*How exciting is it to be a Dodger fan right now? You have to love the initiative of Gugs to restore this franchise*