… but we can still hope that the Cardinals will collapse like the Dodgers did after THE TRADE.
Last night, the Dodgers were 4-14 with RISP. Not great, but enough to score 8 runs. The superstars played like junkyard dogs last night (I mean that as a compliment). They didn’t hit any HR, but played very well. Matt Kemp’s recent success can be attributed to swinging at balls he can actually hit – it’s amazing how that works. The converse is true of Hanley Ramirez – he is very undisciplined much of the time. I’d like to see him ditch that .250 HR swing and move to the #2 spot where he could hit .320 and steal 40 bases – he’s extremely fast!
Look, I hope the Dodgers make the playoffs, but the odds are long. Here’s what matters most: Did they learn anything that can help them avoid such a prolonged slump next year. When you go through the fire, you either become hardened and stronger or brittle and you break easily. This years’ choke job will hopefully leave such a bitter taste in their mouths that they will resolve collectively to never experience it again. It’s probably too late to save this season, but adversity can make you stronger for the next one.
Barry Bloom of MLB.com published his interview with Ned Colletti. It’s a good read. Eveidently Ned called them “a bunch of chokers” Tuesday night (my words).
Who doesn’t love Nick Punto? He’s an awesome utilityman.
Mumford and Sons – “The Cave”: