Yes, I know that Lackey and Lester are good (not great) pitchers, but the Dodgers have scored four runs in two games and that just isn’t going to cut it. Frankly, they are lucky to have a win in this series. It’s back to that same lack of clutch hitting that has plagued the Dodgers for a few years. The Dodgers had 10 base-runners yesterday (5 hits and 5 walks), but only scored twice. Dodger hitters failed to score runners 15 times. That is just unacceptable – let’s hope this is just a blip not a pattern.
Ryu pitched well after the first inning. Tony Jackson documented Ryu’s first -inning struggles this year, which is exactly the opposite of what I feared about him. I thought that he would have difficulty after the opponents saw him 2 or 3 times, but he struggles in the first inning. That said, he pitched well enough to win. The Dodgers needed 5 runs, but got only 2. Put this on the offense, not Ryu!
Rants and Raves
- Even Don Mattingly admits that Carl Crawford can’t stay healthy as he has leg and back problems, which is why he wants to rest him a lot. One of CC’s best assets was his speed. He used to steal 50-60 bases a year, but at 31 he just gets nicked up too much. He’s going to be a very expensive backup outfielder soon… he’s signed until 2017! I predicted he wouldn’t play 110 games and it’s looking more and more like he won’t. If you haven’t read Ken Rosenthal’s piece on THE TRADE, you should.
- Speaking of THE TRADE, Josh Beckett should make a full recovery by Spring Training. At 34, he could get another 2 to 4 year deal, so I would not be surprised if he pitches very well.
- Chad Billingsley is often reviled by Dodger fans, but let’s not forget that he has a career record of 81 and 61 and a 3.65 ERA. That’s pretty dang good. Ricky Nalasco, who is older has a career record of 86-73 and a 4.36 ERA. Bills should be back by the All-Star Break next year.
- Capuano will be gone after this season. The question is, will the Dodgers be able to pay Nalasco who could get a 4 or 5 year deal worth $50+ million? I don’t see them signing him, especially in light of the fact they are going to have to give Hanley big money and Clayton is in line to get a nearly $300 million dollar deal.
- Zack Lee and Ross Stripling – I see Stripling as a solid #3, but Lee scares me. I will be shocked if he is anything more than a#5. I hope I am wrong. Stripling could be ready next year. I love his control.
- Two players who are starting to settle in after position switches: Pedro Baez and Aaron Miller. Both have a ways to go, but could be nice stories if they continue their re-development.
- I am not worried in the least about Corey Seager even though he is off to a slow start at RC. He’s still a stud.
- I think AJ Ellis needs a DL stint to rest up. He’s tired and dinged.
- Our worst starter goes tonight but is due for a good game… let’s hope. The Dodgers need to take this series.