OK, I have been very negative about this team for quite some time and while I have been spot on, there is reason for hope. The only thing that worries me is that Ned will make one of his dope-fiend moves and mess it up. I mean, why does he keep Cruz on the team other than Cruz must have photos of Ned with sheep or something? Don’t try and pull the wool over my eyes.
Yesterday, I saw a typical Dodger game in the first game of the doubleheader with the Yankees. The Dodgers out-hit the Yankees but scored fewer runs, played shabby defense and blew the game. In the second game, you saw an entirely different team. Pitching was excellent, defense was solid and hitting was clutch. Will the real Dodger team stand up?
Here’s the reason for me to believe: Hanley Ramirez is two seasons removed from shoulder surgery and he looks to be BACK. His bat speed and follow through looks like the old Hanley and lest we forget, he was one of the best hitters in all of baseball at one time. His shoulder surgery evidently robbed him of his hitting ability for a time, but he appears to be back with a vengeance. Hanley Ramirez, when healthy, is an MVP-Type Hitter. This should give us a road-map for Matt Kemp’s return. To suggest that Kemp go to the minors is absurd. He is just going to have to play through this. He may have to hit in the #6 spot this year and he may be another year regaining his stroke, but shoulder surgery is a tough thing for a hitter. Adrian Gonzalez has been through it an has concluded that he will not have the power he used to have. I think that is a cop-out – with stretching, yoga and strengthening exercises, I think he can recover his power as well, but probably not under this training staff.
Puig is the same guy I saw in the Spring – I still cannot understand to this day how the Dodgers could send him down after Spring Training. It doesn’t pass the “eye test.” Even Ray Charles can see his talent and I’ll say it again – talent trumps experience. With Y.P. we are seeing a once-in-a-lifetime player. Barring injury, this guy will be in the HOF. He’s a cross between Roberto Clemente and Bo Jackson. What fun he is to watch! I hear it was entirely Logan White’s decision to sign him. With Ramirez and Puig we have the makings of an offensive juggernaut! In my opinion, Ramirez should hit #3, Gonzo #4 and Puig #5. R-L-R.
The odd man out will still be Andre Ethier. The best thing that can happen is for him to get hotter and hotter to enhance his trade value. A real third-baseman or a second baseman would be nice… or a SS.
- Zach Lee got lit up last night – 4 IP/8 Hits/ 6 ER – You already know I don’t have high hopes for him… a #5 maybe?
- On the other hand, Corey Seager is OPS’ing .800 at Great Lakes with only 3 Errors. He has 3 errors in about the same time Dee Gordon has 11 errors. It looks more and more like he’s the SS of the future. It would be really cool if the Dodgers could pry his brother, Kyle from the Seattle Mariners for a package of Zach Lee, Dee Gordon and Andre Ethier, plus $30 million cash. Just thinkin….