Three is a row. WOW! I can’t remember that for a while. Toronto turned around their horrible season by running off eleven wins in a row. Certainly the Dodgers are just as capable of the same thing, but can they do it? They are going to have to start to hit much better than they are now, but they are capable. This we know. Puig is still on fire, but realistically we all know that he can’t stay this hot. Adjustments will be made and he will have to adjust and most likely, pitchers will force other Dodgers to hit. Will they be up for it?
Kemp and Van Slyke should return within the week. Kemp allegedly has new contacts. It was reported that when he wore them the first time at bat he said “What’s that fast white thing? I’ve never seen that before.” Let’s hope that helps. I look for both Kemp and Van Slyke by the weekend. Cruz and Hererra have to be the odd men out. Cruz is hitting .127 and cannot occupy a spot on the roster.
So far, the Dodgers and Angels are the Poster Children of how not to build a team. Albert Pujols is hitting .258 in just his second year of a 10-year deal and Josh Hamilton is at .207. So far, big deals for aging players has been the opposite of how to build a team. Look at the Cardinals and Rangers – they are prospering after letting their superstars walk.
If the Dodgers can’t pull off a big winning streak, then everyone not named Puig, Kemp, Ramirez or Kershaw have to be put on waivers, even Adrian Gonzalez. If you can get overwhelmed by a deal, you have to do it. I still would like to see Ethier traded for Jurickson Profar. The Ranger need outfield help and Ethier would probably benefit from a charge of scenery. How much the Dodgers would have to eat is the question. Profar is a risk, but he is the #1 prospect in baseball. I’d do it, if Texas would. That said, a winning streak would make all of this moot.
We know one thing – The Dodgers have four of the best young players in baseball in Kemp, Puig, Ramirez and Kershaw. This team should be a whole lot better than it is and will look dramatically different next year.