This is Justin Gunsaulus last post here. Thanks Justin!!! Good luck in the baseball business.
The Dodgers are on the verge of an offensive explosion. I can feel it coming. I know everybody (including myself) can still not believe that they were having this much trouble finding runs. It is just going to take more time. I can’t explain it, and I am not going to hate on our hitting coaches, but time is what its going to take. Below are some statistics to maybe help explain a little as to why were having trouble.
Hunter Pence since joining the Giants
- Games 46
- AB 174
- Runs 23
- HR 4
- BB 16
- AVG .230
Shane Victorino since joining the Dodgers
- Games 43
- AB 174
- Runs 21
- HR 1
- BB 16
- AVG .230
We all know when pitchers go from the AL to the NL their stats go down drastically. One less professional hitter in the lineup helps out a lot.
But maybe it’s not that easy for hitters. Baseball is all about a routine. Nomar Garciaparra is in my top 5 all time favorite players. I have watched Nomar’s routine since he was at Georgia Tech. He steps up to the plate and undoes his batting gloves like three times and then kicks up a fair amount of clay inside the batters box and he is ready. When we take guys out of their routine it leaves them vulnerable until they find comfort or until they find a new routine. When I say routine I do not mean a “batting routine.” Routine is defined in this article as the ability to find comfort in a new environment. This will take time.
Pence and Victorino are both players traded away from the Phillies to west coast teams. I originally wanted Pence but the Dodgers got Shane. Looking back at the trade I am not so angered with Ned. We would have got the same production (maybe a little more production due to the stadium he plays in now) if we had traded for Pence. We gave up a relief pitcher and a possible number 3 starter for Shane and I feel that Pence would have had a higher price tag for the same production. Shane is a wash and won’t be back next year. See ya in a Phillies uni next year Shane, but it’s cool we got Crawford. These players just need time to get comfortable. I think its hard to find comfort when everyone is pressing. A playoff push must be hard on players who are trying to find their way around.
A-Gon and Crawford just need time to get their barons straight. This team is just not ready for the playoffs. The Dodgers minus Beardinsley, Kershaw, Lilly, and Jansen are not set up for a playoff push. I am not giving up on 2012 but 2013 is going to be the Dodgers year. We get Crawford settled in and A-Gon hitting on all cylinders for 2013 watch out National League. Oh yeah we got Hanley too.
I have a quote for you.
Bill Belichick has a saying that has stuck with the Jets for a long time since his short tenure there.
“Lets not confuse routine with commitment.”
Nedsucks Signing off.