When you score 7 runs in a 4 game series, you have every expectation of being swept! Except, when you hold the other team to 1 run or less in three of the games! The Dodgers are indeed fortunate that the Padres couldn’t jump out of a boat and hit water… sort of like Kurt Bevacqua.
So, the Dodgers won 3 out of 4 games. It was ugly (if you are a pitching coach, it was beautiful), but I’ll take it!
Let me clear something up right now: I am not negative on this team’s ability to win the NL West. I think they are more likely to win than the Giants. 92+ games sounds just about right. What I am negative on is their ability to win a series with a team who actually moves RISP to the plate! I am negative on their ability to play defense up the middle. I am negative on a couple of pitchers in the pen. However, most of that can be fixed within the organization. This is NOT YET a championship team!
But when I hear stuff like they might try Carl Crawford in center – well, that makes me crazy! The Dodgers either need a centerfielder who has some experience there and has speed to go along with that, or they need someone with the speed to make up for mistakes out there. Carl Crawford is not that guy. He cannot stay healthy – there are probably at least two more stints on the DL for him – THIS YEAR! Either way, both centerfielders are on the roster.
Baez was optioned today, so all Ned has to do is call up Joc Pederson on Friday to play in St. Louis. I think it’s about time we see what he can do. I hear from some people that’s he’s a corner outfielder, but my eyes show me someone who is Jim Edmunds-esque out there. Just my opinion! I have to admit that I have seen him in CF less than 20 games, but I saw nothing that made me believe he couldn’t play it! I wonder if he will hit, but I think he can play center.
The other centerfielder is Dee Gordon and to those of you who say the Dodgers can’t move him during the season, but in the next breath talk about CC in CF – well that makes me crazy too! If Alex Guerrero has the pop I think he might, he needs to play 2B – he will be solid, if not spectacular there. Uribe mans 3B, so that’s not an option for Guerrero, and Guerrero is most certainly not an MLB shortstop. I do think he a guy who can get you 25 HR. The Dodgers need power…
It’s about time Corey Seager was promoted to AA. What if he tears up that league too? What then? Watch for him next year!
FYI: My two sons met up in Brooklyn last week. The oldest hasn’t been back for about 14 months and my youngest is growing to catch him. He was shocked at how much he’s grown (6’3″ vs. 5′ 11″). Here’s their photo at Battery Park.