After the Reds beat the Dodgers in Game 4 to split the series, Skip Schumaker had a little to say that spoke volumes:
“[....the Dodgers] are a very good team over there — that’s a very talented, dangerous team. That lineup is very good. When certain guys want to play, it’s even better.”
You can analyze until you are paralyzed, but the reality of the matter is that even Ray Charles can see the Dodgers don’t always show up to play. Too many pretty boys with big contracts or boys who want big contracts. He went on to say:
“I don’t have the pulse of the clubhouse now. Clayton Kershaw is one of the two best guys I’ve ever been around, him and [St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam] Wainwright.”
- Adrian Gonzalez looks to be home run happy, trying to pull everything, even in the face of a shift.
- Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are disgruntled, confused and unhappy with their station in the outfield.
- Hanley Ramirez is bordering on Bad Hanley and he is Butcher Hanley at shortstop.
Insanity is doing what you have always done and expecting different results. So, Ned and Donnie are you insane? Whoops! Nevermind….
This team is done (as it is currently constructed) – Stick a fork in it!
Source of Quotes: Bill Shaikin – The LA Times