… which is why the Dodgers lost the game last night. If he could have hit a couple or three homeruns, the Dodgers would have had a chance.
Look, I am happy the Dodgers got Adrian Gonzalez and Beckett and the rest, but trading for superstars and signing free agents has not necessarily been a roadmap to success. Witness the 2012 Orange County Angels. They have the best Rookie in baseball, the best Player in baseball; the best upcoming Free Agent Pitcher in baseball and a host of others, including Torii Hunter and they are dead in the water.
The Red Sox were loaded this year and now they are re-building. The Phillies had one of the highest payrolls in baseball and they floundered.
So what happens? The Dodgers go out and get the following All-Stars:
- Shane Victorino
- Hanley Ramirez
- Adrian Gonzalez
- Josh Beckett
- Carl Crawford (OK, he’s not playing, but they got him)
- Brandon League
and the Rockies shut out a team (the Dodgers) for the first time in 2012. The first time! The Dodgers have former All-Stars at 5, count ‘em FIVE positions and they get shut-out 10-0. 10-0! Go figure.
That was my trepidation about the trades. I have always hated bullies and have gathered great joy from beating bullies. When I was young, I remember older kids “stacking” teams so that they would not lose in basketball and I remember beating them. Stacking a team didn’t guarantee a win. Stacking a baseball team does not guarantee success. Money can’t buy me love and money can’t buy me a championship. Of that, I am sure.
ARE WE NOW THE BULLIES?
That said, all we have to do is win the series. Last night was just one game.
WIN THE SERIES!
It’s time for Beast Mode. Do they have that in them?
I’m not jumping to conclusions on this team. My hopes are high, but my expectations, not so much! Time is running out.
- Zach Lee pitched 6 innings and allowed 3 hits, 1 run while striking out 6 and walking 1. Nice!
- Josh Beckett deserved better…
- Dee Gordon was 1-2 with a BB
- Steve Ames 1.62 ERA – Keep and eye out
- Yasiel Puig 2-4 with a .375 BA now.
- Matt Guerrier should be ready Wednesday after pitching a solid inning last night. He’ll take Wall’s place.