The Dodgers star outfielder went down during the playoffs and had one meaningful at-bat in the World Series – and I mean “meaningful.” The Dodgers were given no chance, but everyone forget about the Stuntmen, led by Mickey Hatcher. The 2013 version of the Stuntmen, I call them “junkyard dogs,” will lead the Dodgers to the promised land. Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, Michael Young, Scott Van Slyke, Juan Uribe (yes, he’s one), Tim Federowicz, Mark Ellis (one too), maybe Jerry Hairston, Jr. and AJ Ellis will all play a role in the Dodgers winning the 2013 World Series.
Now, let’s talk about the Dodger Bluebloods. It seems like everyone is down on Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig. STOP IT! Kemp was in the perfect injury storm and will be back with a vengeance next year while he roots for his teammates this year. Puig wasn’t going to hit .360 – we all knew that, but he did hit .319 with .391 OB% and OPS’ed .925. I’ll take that from a ROOKIE anyday! Puig also has a flair for the dramatic – look for him to step it up in the playoffs. He likes the big stage. This his time to shine.
Let’s not forget what Hanley Ramirez can do to a pitching staff. The same is true with Adrian Gonzalez. Carl Crawford has never had an opportunity like this – we will find out what he is made of. Of course, the pitching is led by the biggest pitching Blueblood Duo in MLB – Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke. The Dodgers are almost guaranteed two wins before they step on the field.
The bullpen is populated with Bluebloods who have a mix of junkyard dog in them: Jansen, Wilson, Belisario, Howell, Paco and Withrow. It’s a crapshoot for the final three spots: Ryu has one, Nolasco has another and Capuano, League, Volguez and Marmol are vying for the last spot.
We will have to wait and see if Andre can play, but the Dodgers will have to shift the lineup, if he can’t play. Here’s the lineup I see in game one:
- Crawford LF
- Schumaker CF
- Ramirez SS
- Gonzalez 1B
- Puig RF
- Uribe 3B
Bluebloods are sexy, but the junkyard dogs do the dirty work. Schumaker, Young, Uribe, Ellis and Ellis, Punto and Hairston (Junkyard Dogs all) will lead the way. Enjoy the run.
P.S. Yes, I saw Koufax pitch – many times, and you guys sure got your panties in a bunch when I stated only the obvious. All I did was compare the 25 year-old Kershaw to the 25 year-old Koufax and Kershaw is superior in every way. I also said ” We may never see a pitcher pitch better than Sandy his last four years.” I mean, what is hard to understand about that? From here on, we get to compare Kershaw and Koufax in their prime.
This is for our dear government: