That means I am headed to Washington DC to watch this three game series, hoping that the Dodgers sweep, thus making it a National Disaster. We have tickets to all three games, so I hope to have some good photos and the latest “scoop.” I’m sure that Donnie and Ned will want to take me out for a beer after the game… and fit me with a pair of concrete shoes!
Let me address the second half prospects of the Dodgers. The key of course is to be injury free, but with older players is that possible? Can Carl Crawford stay on the field? Can Matt Kemp recover? Will A-Gone stay healthy? Can Hanley and Yasiel continue to excel? Will the pitching hold up? I expect Kershaw and Greinke to be strong and Nolasco will likely slip ahead of Ryu as the Number 3. Ryu started strong, but hasn’t maintained the pace. I hope he will be refreshed after the break, but I think we have seen the best of Ryu. I would not be shocked to see him with an ERA in excess of 4.00 at season’s end.
I do think we can expect better bullpen performances and I don’t think the Dodgers need to trade for any more bullpen arms. One deal I would do is trade Ethier and $20 mil to Texas for Ian Kinsler (if Texas would do that). Utley, Young and Ramirez are too old and will cost the Dodgers too many prospects. The Dodgers prospects rest on being healthy. If healthy, they will run away with the division and they are built for the playoffs. Once there, anything can happen in a seven-game series when you have Kershaw and Greinke pitching twice.
I’ll have a report every day from DC!