The Dodgers won Game 1 of the Marlins series, lost Game 2 and then took Game 3 5-0 when Chris Capuano (He’s done – he ran out of gas) almost pitched a no-hitter. He now is 11-8 and most certainly won’t win 20, but his 10 K’s and 2 hits in 8 innings should erase any question about his durability. His ERA is 3.11 and ranks 2nd behind Clayton’s 2.88. By the way: Watch Clayton finish strong and get his second Cy Young.
Boy, some of you guys are quick to throw the Dodgers under the bus. Remind me to never go to war with you.
Some of you think the Giants are the better team. Others think the Snakes are better. You are entitled to your opinion.
The D-Backs have been a .500 team all year. Maybe they will get hot and win it. Yeah, maybe I’ll be Tom Cruise too…
The Giants have excellent starting pitching, but the Dodgers are 2nd in team ERA and the Giants are 5th. The Giants have scored more runs and have a better batting average however. The Dodgers are finally healthy on offense and now have an opportunity to make up ground. Matt Kemps’ wheels are sound and that in itself makes a difference.
Mark Ellis looks healthy and sports a .359 OB% from the #2 hole – I’ll take that even if he doesn’t do great against RH pitchers. He defense is among the best in baseball at his position. I’m sure Kennedy will go against some tough RH pitchers.
Hanley Ramirez is coming around after a hot series in Miami , but the Dodgers need for Andre Ethier to step up. If Ethier can regain his power stroke it’s all over. If he doesn’t it will be much tougher. His lack of power last year was blamed on a bum knee. There’s no excuses now. Mr. Softee needs to tighten up.
First base is the Big Problem. Loney and Rivera look lost at bat. I thought that when the Dodgers brought up Sands, they would give him a chance. I’m sure it will never happen, but if I were the GM, I would DFA Loney, Uribe and Treanor. All are useless. In their places, I would call up Sands, Castellanos and FedEx. They can’t do any worse and would likely do better.
Jerry Sands has finally re-gained his power stroke. Jerry hit his 23rd last night and has 87 RBI to go with a .292 (and climbing batting average). I have never been a huge Jerry Sands fan, but he looks ready. Kendrys Morales and a number of other power hitters have not done as well at AAA as Sands. It’s time for Sands. Put him at 1B and let him play. Hit him 6th or 7th.
FedEx is at .296 and Casty is still hitting .363. The Cardinals called up Freese and Craig last season at about this time and it propelled them to a title. Both Craig and Freese are hitting over .300 this year. FedEx will hit better than Treanor and is sound defensively. Castellanos should get an opportunity at 3B. It’s time to do something bold, Ned. Donnie doesn’t trust Treanor, Uribe or Loney to hit and I don’t blame him. Cut the ties, send the message to the team that you have to pull your own weight.
I’d start this lineup:
- Victorino LF
- Ellis 2B
- Kemp CF
- Ethier RF
- Ramirez SS
- Sands 1B
- Castellanos 3B
- Ellis C
Make it so, Ned!
The Dodgers just need to win the Series - this Series against the Pirates and then the next and the next. Win the Series. That’s all!
- Rumor is that Yasiel Puig is headed to RC. I suppose that’s OK, but I would have thrown him into the mix at Chatt.
- Chris Reed is a nice pitcher. I just don’t think he’s a starter. He went 4 innings last night with 6 hits and 4 runs. Put him back in the pen. He’s effective for 2-3 innings.
- 18 Year-Old Corey Seager after 124 AB’s in Ogden:
- 4 HR
- 21 RBI
- 19 K
- 11 BB
- .306 BA
- .827 OPS
- 7-9 in SB’s
- Did I mention he’s 18?
- James Baldwin has raised (I said “raised”) his batting average to .210.