Aaron Harang is gone (thankfully). Ted Lilly will likely never be what he once was (maybe a #4, but now he’s a # 8). That leave Capuano and Ryu as part of the Dodgers rotation, but I see them as #4 and #5 starters (you pick the order). It also leave the Dodgers without a true #3. Sure Ryu has filled that spot and I will admit that maybe he can be a #3, but I think the Dodgers are currently without a #3 and with their woeful offense, they could really use a #3 starter. Clayton and Zack form one of the best, if not the best 1-2 starters in baseball. If you had to start a major league team right now, would you really take anyone over Clayton Kershaw as your #1 pitcher? I think not! You are watching the guy who will soon be known as the best Dodgers pitcher of all time.
But I digress. Sure the Dodgers need hitting, but they really have enough talent on the team to score a lot more runs than they have been. I think they have to play a different style of baseball and I think it is going to take a new and fresh enthusiastic manager to ignite this team… and if you are of the ilk that believes the manager makes no difference to professionals…. well I won’t waste words on trying to convince you otherwise. You can’t grasp the concept. Do you think the 1988 Dodgers would have won under Joe Torre? It took a motivator like Tommy not a diplomat like Torre to win. Mattingly is more like Torre and the Dodgers need a Tommy! Mike Scioscia is a NL guy and fiery – he may just be what the doctor ordered. Orel Hershiser has been suggested and I like Orel, but I don’t think he’s a manager. He’s more like Torre than Tommy! The Dodgers need a guy who is all out balls to the wall!
They also need a number three starter. I suggested in the past that they trade Andre Ethier, but lets’ face reality, unless something really crazy happens to some team in contention whereby they need a journeyman’s bat and don’t care what they pay, there is NO MARKET for Andre. No one is going to take on his salary. We are stuck with him, but it’s not a bad thing. He will hit 18-22 HR and drive in 90 with batting .280 and playing good defense. He’s overpaid, but so are most of the rest of the team. The Dodgers can survive with him in RF with an occasional blow by SVS or may Puig (later this season). Juan Uribe and Nick Punto seen to have an idea of how to play 3B. Mark Ellis, Schumaker and Punto should do a credible job at 2B and Hanley will be back at some point. After a quick start Dee is back to what he was last year offensively. He has a short window here…
What I am eventually getting to is that offensively, the Dodgers need a new outlook, as a team and that includes a new manager. This hitting malaise may not change with a new manager, but it’s not going to change without it. What the Dodgers really need is a dominant number 3 starter. In June or July, some will be available as other teams drop out of contention. Lots of Dodger fans are ga-ga over Zack Lee – not me! Regardless of his success at AA. I do not see him being any more than a #4 or #5 starter. Ross Stripling, on the other hand could be the Dodgers #3… next year! The Dodgers need a #3 now. Jake Peavy could be that guy if the ChiSox drop out of contention. He’s a health risk, but has close to ace-stuff. Zach Lee, Joc Pederson and another player for Peavy might get that deal done.
This rotation could win a lot of games for the Dodgers:
Just breaking the LH’ers up…