On February 8th, I wrote this:
This season has the potential for a World Series title or a train wreck! Last season was magical in the fact that they won like 45 out of 50 games in one stretch (or some crazy number – I’m not looking it up). Don’t expect that again. There are a lot of “ifs.”
Seventeen games into the season, I still stand by what I said. The Dodgers are 10-7 with a uncharacteristic 2-4 home record. Situational hitting is a problem… STILL! I really believe that the chemistry of the team is not where it should be. I really look for Ned to make a big move at some point and there are all sorts of creative trade scenarios that could happen.
The Dodgers are 14th in runs scored with 69. Giancarlo Stanton has 14 runs scored and has driven in 26 while OPS’ing 1.047. He would look pretty good in Dodger Blue right about now, but he’s not. I would still have done that deal (Stanton for Puig) but with the latest revelations about Puig, I doubt there would be many takers. The team and Puig are playing it down, but what is happening behind the scenes is a distraction… to Yasiel and the entire team. Hopefully they can get past it. He still has more upside than any player I have ever seen, but will he ever harness it?
It’s going to take a while for Kemp to get his timing back – it will come, but I worry about Crawford and Ethier’s playing time. Injuries on other teams could create trade opportunities for trades. Personally, I’d love to see a platoon of Pederson and Van Slyke in LF.
The Dodgers are 5th in team ERA at 2.95 and that’s without Kershaw! The pen has a 3.48 ERA while the starters have a 2.59 ERA. I can live with that. Hitting is still the problem, but the pitching should be outstanding. As EK used to say: “IT’S EARLY!”
I hope it’s not a train wreck…