I guess that’s what it comes down to. Guggs and Company rode into town and threw money at problems like the fire department throws water on a fire. They over-bought, over-paid and over-spent. Then, they openly bragged about their resources and the Baseball Gods spanked them. There’s something really bad wrong with this team. That’s obvious… and if we want to be honest, this team has not EVER really hit with runners in scoring position except for a couple of months when a juiced-up Manny Ramirez produced some magical moments. James Loney is gone, Russell Martin is gone and this team’s longest-tenured stars are Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and both continue to maddeningly under-preform. If we want to be honest, we could say that for the last 5 years, except for a few exceptions, Matt and Andre have disappointed Dodger fans over and over.
You can say that Matt Kemp’s shoulder surgery has robbed him of his power just like it did Adrian Gonzalez, but Adrian has always continued to drive in runs. Matt Kemp is hitting .171 with RISP while hitting .265 overall. Andre Ethier is hitting .266, but .200 with RISP. Adrian Gonzales is hitting .331 but with RISP he’s hitting .471! Carl Crawford is hitting .300 with RISP. AJ Ellis is hitting .226 with RISP. In a small sampling, Mark Ellis is hitting .500 with RISP. I would argue that Kemp, Ethier and AJ Ellis are key leaders of the team and they all suck in the clutch!
I have been pleasantly surprised by Carl Crawford, although my fears with him are durability. Adrian Gonzales is an RBI machine, even though he has lost his power, but Kemp and Ethier are boat anchors for this offense. The Dodgers have 28 HR as a team. Kemp, Ethier and Gonzales should have that many combined and they have eight! There are twenty-eight players in baseball who have eight or more home runs and Ethier, Kemp and Gonzales don’t have that combined. Yes, the pen has lost a lot of games, but if the Three Amigos hit more HR they wouldn’t be in that position as much.
It’s not the pen that has killed the Dodgers as much as it is Kemp and Ethier. Donnie doesn’t have the balls to do it, but I would sit Kemp and Ethier in the next series. Piss them off royally. They aren’t doing anything anyway. Put SVS and Crawford in the outfield and call up Pederson to play CF just for kicks. They can’t do any worse.
This is Karma for trying to circumvent the Baseball Gods. Respect the game! This team is a trainwreck!