Because they can’t! That’s why.
Hanley had his head up his butt most of the game as did Puig and a few others. Andre played well, but it was just one of those days. I hate to tell you this, but the Dodgers are going to lose a few games.
Get over it. The world is not ending.
Brandon League has pitched very well since the All-Star Break. He’s also been very lucky. He’s probably not going anywhere. SVS will probably go back down when the Beach Boy is activated. Sunday’s loss was not his fault but was Hanley’s fault. It’s over – move on. He’s going to make some errors.
On final thing on Kershaw vs. Koufax:
There is no doubt that from age 27 to 30, Sandy Koufax was one of the most dominant pitchers ever, but he didn’t do it for long. His career WAR is 53.2 which is only 84th on the all time list. Roger Clemens is 139.4, and six pitchers who played for the Dodgers at one time or another have a better WAR than Sandy. Longevity counts for something. Clayton could be more dominant if he choose to, but it would take a toll on his arm. Instead, he is now pitching more to contact and extending his career.
Right now, on the all-time list, Sandy is the better pitcher, but by the time he was 25 years old, the best ERA he had was 3.52. Except for his rookie year, Clayton has been a run or more better than that every year. Sandy built his legend in 4 or 5 years. Clayton’s legend will likely be 2 or 3 times longer than Sandy’s.
You are comparing the 27, 28, 29 and 30 year-old Koufax to the 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25-year old Kershaw. Not fair!
The dead-ball era helped Sandy immensely as did the 18 inch mound. I am not sure the 18 inch mound adds speed to your fastball, but it give your curve more room to break and delivers a steeper angle through the strike zone, causing the hitting area to be smaller for the hitter. You are comparing the dead ball era to the live ball era and a steeper mound to a much shorter mound. Not fair, either!
We could argue about Kershaw and Koufax, but the next ten years could cause that argument to be moot… one way or the other.
Sandy Koufax will always be “the left arm of God” but if Clayton Kershaw ends up with 300+ wins, he will be the greatest Dodger Pitcher of All-Time. Even Sandy Koufax said that hat he was the one who should be flattered by comparisons with Clayton Kershaw, not the other way around. A couple of years ago. Sandy said “If he’s as good as I think he’s going to be, I’m honored.”