You can’t judge a trade in the microcosm of a three game series, but if you could, you would have to conclude that the Red Sox got the best of the Dodgers. At the trade deadline last year, the Red Sox shipped Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzales, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. They insisted that the Dodgers take all of the salary and throw in some top prospects.
Being able to jettison over $55 million a year in salary enabled the Sox to sign Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Jake Peavy and Jonny Gomes… among others. None of the players the Dodgers traded for were much of a factor against the Red Sox, but all of the players mentioned above that the Red Sox were able to trade for or sign played a huge factor in their winning the 3-game series in LA against the Dodgers.
I am not down on this team… I mean after the run they are on who could be? But they had an opportunity over the weekend to say “Look America – it all worked out for us.“ Instead, it all worked out for Boston. Kasten and Company still have a little egg on their face. It’s only a series and maybe this was a World Series preview. Maybe revenge will be sweeter for Crawford and Gonzo on the big stage. Let’s hope so.
BTW, Jake Peavy is still a Dodgerkiller!
- In case you wondered why Stephen Fife is still in AAA, look at his 6.27 ERA – he has been getting hammered! Something may be wrong…
- I have a couple of things to add about Ross Stripling – At Chattanooga he has walked a batter every 4.57 innings while Zach Lee has walked a batter every 3.94 innings, but Zach Lee serves up some fat pitches (one HR every 13.5 innings), while Ross gives up a HR every 28 innings. Stripling works the edges much better than Lee and therein is the difference. I still see Stripling with a much higher upside than Lee.
- It sounds like Kemp will see a rehab assignment in the next 4 or 5 days. Just so he’s healthy for the playoffs.
- Several sources have reported what Josh Beckett said about Clayton Kershaw: “I know he hasn’t been doing it that long, but he could possibly be the best pitcher ever — he’s that good. Coming over here last year, I knew he was good. But he exceeded my expectations.” Stay tuned! I never thought I’d say someone was better than Sandy, but this guy has a chance!