I loved that shot to win the game, but I haven’t changed my opinion of him since the day he was signed by the Red Sox when I said “The Red Sox will rue the day they signed Carl Crawford!” In his last year in Tampa (2010), he hit .307 and stole 47 bases. His OPS was .851. The Red Sox did rue the day they signed him and made the Dodgers take him. CC’s game is predicated on speed and he hasn’t stolen 47 bases in the next 4 years! He is not an everyday player anymore at age 32 and he is blocking Joc Pederson and Scott Van Slyke. So is Andre Ethier!
I know it’s highly unlikely that the Dodgers will get rid of either player, but having 2 lefty hitting aging outfielders is not good for either one. Both players hit right-handers much better than lefties. One has to go. My preference is Crawford, but I think it is highly unlikely that anyone will take him… even if the Dodgers were to pay $60 million of his salary! That tells you all you need to know. Scott Van Slyke has to play against lefties which means that Crawford and Ethier will only get about 250 AB’s each this season. Both have always been starters and I don’t think either one can be effective with that. They each need 400 – 500 AB’s and they can’t get it here! Do the math – one has to go! My choice is that both go!
- The Dodgers had better anoint Dee Gordon as the 2B for the rest of the year. He ignites the team!
- As I predicted: “The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled right-handed pitcher Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez to Triple-A Albuquerque. Fife will start today’s game at Miami, making his 2014 debut, and has gone 4-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 18 Major League games (16 starts) in two seasons with Los Angeles in 2012-13. With Albuquerque, the 27-year-old has allowed just one run in his last 9.0 innings in three games (one start), but overall has gone just 1-2 with a 7.08 ERA in six games (four starts) this season. He last pitched on Wednesday and tossed a scoreless inning of relief against Salt Lake, throwing 10 pitches. “
- Aaron Miller is back DH’ing for RC.
My Pacers came through yesterday in what was the most raucous game I have ever been to. The crowd was loud and standing the whole game and everyone except 4 had on Pacers Gold. “Blue Collar – Gold Swagger!” The Pacers are the only team that can beat the Heat.. if they pull it together. Don’t judge them by Atlanta – Atlanta has owned the Pacers for about 5 years. They just can’t play well against Atlanta.
In the interest of equality and affirmative action, I believe that black players should have to wear a 10 pound weight on each leg to make it equal for the white guys.