I am getting weary of hearing that the Dodger team is riddled with injuries and if they had all of their regulars things would be different. Let me remind you of a few things:
- The Yankees have Michael Pineda (certainly the equal of Chad Billingsley), Joba Chamberlin, starting catcher Francisco Cervelli, starting shortstop Derek Jeter, starting 3B Alex Rodriguez, backup 3B Kevin Youkilis, starting 1B Mark Teixeira and starting outfielder Curtis Granderson on the Disabled List. Many of them have been out all year and the Yanks have had to resort to players like Vernon Wells, Jayson Nix, Lyle Overbay and Ben Francisco. THEY ARE CURRENTLY IN FIRST PLACE! They have just played like junkyard dogs and have figured out how to win games while the Dodgers have figured out how to lose games.
- The RedSox who swindled the Dodgers into taking a quarter million dollars of aging vets with declining skills are nipping at the Yanks heels in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
- The Phillies, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Angels were all big players in taking on big contracts, and the theme that runs true with all these teams is that they have been colossal failures.
- The Dodgers were the best team in baseball this time last year, even with injuries. Then came the trades for the high-priced, aging vets with declining skills and they flopped. It’s happening again.
- Face the facts: Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez will be lucky to hit 25 home runs this year (COMBINED).
- This team is a classic train wreck and you need to quit making excuses.
- At this point, I almost pine for Frank McCourt.
P.S. Scott Van Slyke will get his shot starting now. Here we go!