Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game, striking out 11 and walking ZERO while giving up 5 hits. Gallardo pitched 8 innings, allowing 6 hits while walking one and striking out 3. Gallardo won. Kershaw lost. Outpitched? Not last night! The Dodgers were just outhit by the Brewers who capitalized while the Dodgers did their normal choke, late and close! The Brewers are a very offensive team. The Dodgers are merely offensive! Clayton didn’t have his A+ game, but he wasn’t bad. The Brewers just know how to hit… and maybe their advance scouting was a little better. They may have known what a few pitches were going to be.
Clayton’s stuff was dramatically better than Gallardo’s but he was pitching against the Brewers while Gallardo was pitching against the Little Sisters of the Poor! If Clayton had been pitching against the Dodgers he might have had a perfect game – that’s how bad the Dodgers offense is some nights. If they don’t jump to a big lead, they are almost always toast! I thought Mark McGwire would change the culture, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Something has to give here.
Albuquerque has officially killed-off Zach Lee – he went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs on 11 hits. Stick a fork in him – he’s done! Dodger Brass = Morons!
Jesmuel Valentin was expendable, but he could be a decent utility-man in the future. Another player or cash considerations is due Philly (their choice). How about both? Give them Ralston Cash!
Here’s something I’ve been trying to tell everyone since the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez (from Steve Dilbeck of The LA Times):
The Times surveyed six baseball insiders, a mix of agents and club officials, to get a sense of the market that awaited Ramirez. For every one, the eye test agreed with advanced defensive metrics: Ramirez is a below-average shortstop, and not getting better.
Unless Ramirez sells himself as a premium hitter willing to play anywhere in the field, he might not get more than two years, one of the insiders said.
“He wants to play shortstop,” that person said. “I think that’s going to be a hurdle. I don’t know if anyone is going to buy into a shortstop contract.”
While the conventional wisdom is that Ramirez can move to third base, two of the people surveyed by The Times suggested he might no longer have the quick instincts or arm strength necessary to excel at that position. Ramirez rarely throws overhand these days, although that could change if he can recover the strength in his injured right shoulder.
One of those people pointed to first base or left field as possible positions for Ramirez; another suggested second base. If he were to sign with an American League team, designated hitter also would be an option. Of course, a premium bat is worth more at shortstop than at first base, third base, left field, or DH.
I’ve been trying to tell you that Hanley can’t play SS or 3B, for that matter. He’s a 2B, LF or 1B. End of story. Mostly, he’s a DH, and if he is asked to play somewhere else, other than SS, he likely will be a problem for the team that signs him. Corey Seager will likely be ready sometime next season, so forgetabout 3B! Corey hit .352 at RC and is hitting .352 at Chatt! For the mathematically challenged that means he’s hitting .352 for the season. 19 HR, 85 RBI, 43 Doubles, 4 Triples, .403 OB%, 1.015 OPS. I dare you to find a player of that age, who has done that well – there aren’t many!
Give him the necessary offer to secure a draft pick and let him sign elsewhere.
Could Andre Ethier be part of a Jon Niese trade? If the Dodgers eat 3/4 of his contract… Andre needs to go. He has no value for the Dodgers.
Ryu’s injury could keep him out for up to 6 weeks, if he has to work back into shape. At any rate, he won’t get a rehab assignment because the minor league season will be over. The same with Uribe. Both player could use better eating habits and off-season conditioning regimens.
It’s interesting to me that Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun are both hitting .278 and each has 15 HR in about 400 AB’s. Kemp has a .344 OB% to Braun’s .331 OB%.