… and that’s all you have to do. If they score zero, all you need is 1.
Haren’s past problems have been stiffness in his back, which can come and go. That causes his sinker to stay up in the zone. It wasn’t stiff last night and you can see the results. Whatever he did, let’s hope he keeps it up.
I’m happy for Clint Robinson who got his first hit. What a great story!
Smell the rare air of first place because if you aren’t the lead dog, the view never changes.
The Dodgers see Darnell Sweeney as a viable option in CF. He has the speed and athleticism to play the position, but has an average arm, at best! While not possessing Dee Gordon speed, he is is fast. He stole 48 bases last year but got caught 20 times and is 9 for 20 this year. Since he is a switch hitter, he would be ideal behind Dee Gordon. I think he could get a shot at the spot THIS year (that is, if he can learn the position, which is not a given)!
He’s getting stronger as he matures and could possess 15-20 HR power, even though he has a compact swing. I hope Joc Pederson makes it, but I have never been a great fan of him. Sweeney is a ballplayer and his area of biggest improvement is his walk rate. He walked 43 times all last year and has now walked 45 times this year in half a season. I have watched him on MiLB TV and am a big fan.
Right now, Matt Kemp is the best CF on the Dodgers and he plays LF (and rightfully so). It’s asking a lot, but this Sweeney kid could become a factor. Last night was his first in CF and if he can play it, it just might be a quick ticket to the majors.
Photo credit – Ron Cervenka