You gotta’ have ‘em both! Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez and the Bluest of the Bluebloods, Clayton Kershaw all stepped up and did what Bluebloods do. Kershaw, who will ultimately go down as the greatest Dodger pitcher ever, showed why he is so great and helps you understand why he will be even better in the future.
Through his first four innings all he had was his fastball, but the Junkyard Dog in him kept battling until he got the handle on his curve and other pitches as he finished 7 innings striking out 11 of the last 12 batters. As a pitcher… or any young man for that matter, reaches his mid-to-late-twenties, they become wiser, smarter and better equipped for pitching and life in general. Between 25-30 the greatest Dodger pitcher of all time, up until now, came into his own and was devastating. Write this down: Clayton Kershaw will be even more devastating than he is right now in a year or two. Scary!
Yes, the Bluebloods did their jobs. Hanley had a key hit and played good defense and Puig showed his skills as did A-Gone and Kershaw, but the Junkyard Dogs also stepped up. Last night it was the law firm of Ellis Ellis & Uribe who held the Braves in contempt of court. You just knew that those three would get it done.
The pen is fresh. Let Andre rest. We’ll need him the next round. Is this what the lineup will look like tonight?
- Crawford LF
- Ellis 2B
- Ramirez SS
- Gonzalez 1B
- Puig CF
- Uribe 3B
- Van Slyke RF
- Ellis C
- Greinke P
Let’s win two and Chop those Tomahawks! Also, I have to give credit to Donnie – he was prepared and looked in command. Nice!