Losing Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension for being as big of a cheater as Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds does not automatically hand the NL West title to the Dodgers… but it doesn’t hurt. He is arguably their best player this year. When are these guys going to learn they will get caught if they cheat and make no mistake about it, Ryan Braun is also a cheater – he just beat it on a technical error? He was guilty. No question.
Many Dodger fans were ready to throw in the towel and were lamenting how bad the team was a week ago. My oh my, how things change! A week ago, I said:
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….
The Snakes are fading fast and are 6.5 games in back of the Dodgers and 1 game below .500 – they are who I thought they were! The Dodgers are also who I thought they were! If the Dodgers just go .500 the rest of the way, they will win 87 games. I still predict 90-92 wins!
How bad is James Loney? Glad you asked. Luis Cruz has 22 RBI in 115 AB’s while James Loney has driven in just 8 more runs (30) in 200 more at bats. That is Juan Uribe Ugly. How ugly is that? It’s below Mendoza Ugly. Uribe is the worst 3B in baseball and Loney many be the worst 1B. What would it hurt to DFA both? Get real!
Listen up, morons in the Dodger Front Office (and you are morons is you don’t call SANDS up), Jerry Sands was 3-5 last night with his 24th HR and 2 more RBI’s. He has 92 RBI’s and is now hitting .299. HELLO! Get rid of Uribe and/or Loney. Give Jerry a try – what do you have to lose? It’s no wonder fans talk bad about you…
Sands is red-hot and his confidence is soaring. Why not try him at 1B? What do you have to lose? Hurry up and do it. While you are at it, just dump Loney and Uribe and also call up Elbert – he’s ready. I know, I know, you have 14 million reasons to keep Uribe. You are paying him to do nothing if he’s on the team or not. You are paying Sands. At least, with Uribe off the team, you might get some production out of his spot. I mean, for crying out loud, Clayton Kershaw is hitting better than Uribe. Clayton “Freaking” Kershaw.
Where is Dee Gordon? Any sightings?
Yasiel Puig was 2-4 in his second game at Ranch with a Stolen Base. Let him play at Rancho for a week and move him to AA if he keeps hitting. Challenge him!
Someone asked about Puig and Seager yesterday. Here’s my take – I haven’t seen either of them live and I have little film to go by, but it appears to me so far, that they are both the real deal. Seager has a lot of errors, but that’s typical of a 18 year-old kid. They are playing him at SS, but he’ll probably end up at 3B soon. He’s a power bat you could see in two years. Puig is less of a mystery – he obviously can hit. I think he’ll get a taste of AA pitching this season and could play over the winter. He could be ready by next season (although I don’t have a lot to base this on). That could result in Puig playing RF for the Dodgers and a trade of Andre Ethier or moving him to 1B.