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Clutch hitting… at least for a night

Don Mattingly has been rolling the same lineup out for some time now.  It has not escaped my notice that when he replaced 4 regulars with 4 subs the Dodgers broke out their whooping sticks.  Some of the Dodgers issues have to be on him for repeated failures to change things up.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers had 10 hits and 1 run.   Last night, they had 14 hits and 8 runs.  Only 4 more hits, but 7 more runs!  The difference was 5-15 with RISP (.333).  That makes all the difference in the world.  They were clutch last night… and it only takes a couple of times in a game to turn it all around.   It’s not every at bat – it’s just at critical times and the boys did it last night.

Maybe someone showed them my blog.  Maybe I should be very scared the next time I go into the locker room.

  • Nick Punto was Clutch (3-5 with 4 runs scored).
  • Matt Kemp was clutch (4-5 with a HR and 4 RBI).
  •  Adrian Gonzalez was clutch (2-5 with 2 RBI).
  • Juan Rivera (2-4 was also clutch a HR).
  • Hanley Ramirez was clutch (-5 with a RBI).
  • The pen, except for Shawn Tolleson was clutch.
  • Aaron Harang who is now 101-10 with a 3.68 ERA was clutch (bad mouth him all you want – how many better #5′s are there in baseball?).

It’s hard for me to believe that this team had so much trouble for the past month scoring runs, especially after watching them yesterday.

That’s the good news. 

The bad news is that with just 7 games left and 3.5 games out of the race for the #2 wild card spot, the Dodgers are almost done.  If the Cards win just 2 of their 6 games and the Dodgers lose just 2 of their 7 remaining games, it is over!  Actually, Milwaukee is tied with the Dodgers and they sold their ACE long ago.  In reality, it is highly unlikely that the Dodgers will make the playoffs, but in baseball, you never know.  I never give up, but you have to face reality

It is obvious that when Matt Kemp hits, the rest of the team follows.  Some have suggested that the RedSox choke of last September and now is somehow related to Adrian Gonzalez.  That is simply not true.  He hit .318 last September.  Some people have been down on Kemp, saying he is sulking and other things.  I don’t believe that is true.  I think he is down because he isn’t hitting, but a good game like last night can energize the whole team.

TJ Simers of THE LA TIMES wrote an Article on Matt Kemp’s injury yesterday and had this to say:

Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez are too new to the group to assert themselves and both seem unwilling to carry the team.

The role has never really suited Andre Ethier.

I have issues with that.  I get the part they don’t want to assert themselves – this is Matt’s team, but instead of asserting yourself, just go up there and get a hit!  I know that it is hard to hit major league pitching, but both players are capable (witness last night).

The last sentence about Andre Ethier says volumes, but doesn’t mean he can’t be a valuable player.

Let’s hope that the Dodgers win out and the Cards and Brewers choke.

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15 Responses to “Clutch hitting… at least for a night”

  1. Bobbie17 says:

    What comes first, wins or leadership? Can you get wins without leadership, or can you have leadership without wins? The teams that win have leaders; the teams that lose, don’t. The Dodgers are in the latter category. They are all baseball players, well paid.
    Just play baseball to your skill level. How many of these guys do? Kemp didn’t look hurt yesterday. We get back to the C word.

  2. Roger Dodger says:

    Looking at the commitment in dollars for 2013, the Dodgers have . . . $204,683,716 on the Books

    I see the following as a very heavy weight:

    Uribe – $7,000,000

    Guerrier – $4,750,000

    Lilly – $13,500,000

    Gwynn – $1,150.000

    Manny – $4,043,716

    Andruw Jones – $3,375,000

    Kuroda – $2,000,000

    MacDougal – $350,000

    That totals – $36,168,716 of very heavy weight money to pay out in 2013

    http://www.truebluela.com/2010/11/30/1840626/dodgers-payroll-worksheet

  3. Roger Dodger says:

    Heard something last night on MLB radio.

    Take away the Dodgers first 10 games of the season, when they were 9 – 1 . . .

    And since that time: the San Diego Padres have a better record than the Dodgers.

    So I looked it up: Since then, the Dodgers are 71 – 74.

    San Diego is 71 – 73.

    How does that make you feel, Dodger fans ???? Makes me feel like the bottom of the ocean . . . I did not think the Dodgers could be worse than the Padres.

  4. Bobbie17 says:

    RD: Great statistical perspective. It supports what we already know.

  5. Max says:

    I wish Harrang was 101-10, that’s Old Hoss Radborn territory ;)

  6. Ken says:

    Mark – Amen, Clutch hitting last night. Change the lineup, no guaranteed playing time.

    RD – Not clutch salary negotiations, and some of those “heavy weights” are just plain fat boys.

  7. Badger says:

    Different tone there Mark. Clutch, not clutch, ?

    Yes, I agree, Simers was right. I think this team will establish a solid identity, but it begins with Matt Kemp, and something ain’t right with him.

    162 games. They all count. Those of us who bothered to look at the schedule knew it could very well it could come down to the last series of year. Still might.

  8. Michael says:

    On with the rally caps troops.
    Don’t give up the ship

    Be Proud
    Be a Marine er Dodger fan

  9. Badger says:

    Back home… on my computer…. mabye there won’t be as many misttakes.

    All that deferred money…. and to think McNutsack made over a billion. Get stinko rich going bankrupt. What a country.

    Some dude named Casey Kelly tonight. 5.55 ERA. Lineup has the good guys in it. Smoke ‘em.

  10. Badger says:

    So far, team RISP – 4 for 7.

    Clutch?

    Where is everybody?

  11. Gionfriddo says:

    Crickets

  12. Bobby says:

    it’s hard to not keep thinking “what if” watching these guys the past couple games.

    Barring a ridiculous collapse, we’ll be 3 out with 6 to go. StL home to Wash and Cincy. We’re home to Col and SF.

    God help us!

  13. Rob says:

    Let’s just win out and see what happens

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