What a run it was, but in the last 5 games against playoff teams, the Dodgers are now 0-5 and that dreaded lack of clutch hitting monster is rearing it’s ugly head. The stats aren’t horrible, in fact here’s the breakdown since the All-Star break.
- Adrian Gonzalez – .281/5 HR/28 RBI/.315 OB%/.720 OPS
- Yasiel Puig – .301/ 7 HR/19 RBI/.392 OB%/.898 OPS
- Hanley Ramirez – .299/9 HR/27 RBI/.329 OB%/.898 OPS
- Andre Ethier – .281/6 HR/22 RBI/.387 OB%/.883 OPS
- Carl Crawford – .309/0 HR/15 RBI/.351 OB%/.744 OPS
- Mark Ellis – .297/2 HR/17 RBI/.340 OB%/.733 OPS
The most glaring lack of hitting comes from AJ Ellis (.604 OPS) and Juan Uribe (.663 OPS). Something else that jumps out is A-Gone’s lack of power and low OB%. Someone said that it was asinine to say he was in decline. Does the stats suggest anything to you? Look at his past stats – he is not the player he once was. Still pretty good, but not a superstar! The stats say it’s asinine or delusional to think he’s not declining, but believe what you want. I don’t want to confuse you with the facts if your mind is already made up!
Could some of this malaise be blamed on taming of the wild horse? Yasiel Puig used to play with reckless abandon and sheer joy and now it seems like he just does his job. Could that be contagious? This team plays with no soul.
We think Clayton has a bad game when he goes 7 and gives up two runs. He struggled with command last night, but battled and should have got a W. Instead, the offense let him down. Let’s not forget that he still has a sub 2.00 ERA and will win his 3rd ERA title in a row. He struggled with his command last night, but only gave up 3 hits – 2 HR to Jay Bruce. A struggling Clayton Kershaw is still better than most other pitchers’ A-Games!
I am not generally a second-guesser, because hindsight is 20/20 and second-guessers are never wrong, but I would have brought in Kenely Jansen to pitch the 9th and 10th innings last night. Belisario is useful – just not in that spot! Bad move, Donnie! Kenley hadn’t pitched in about a week and could have used the work.