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.