By Steven Urena
Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s time to tell it how it is, folks. The Dodgers are ice cold. The only thing colder is a polar bear eating ice cream in a blizzard. So cold, it seems like winter every day in LA.
Sure, we are a little banged up. The following players have had minor or severe injuries: Scott Alexander, Brusdar Graterol, David Price, Tony Gonsolin, Corey Knebel, Joe Kelly, Cody Bellinger, Zach McKinstry, Mookie Betts, Gavin Lux, and of course, the most significant blow, Dustin May (TJ, out for the season).
The following players are healthy and not hitting their weight: Corey Seager, Max Muncy, Will Smith, Austin Barnes, and Edwin Rios.
The Lone Ranger: Justin Turner. JT was an MVP candidate early in the season and had been carrying the load. Tonto: Chris Taylor. CT3 has been consistent all season and is making a solid case for being a Dodger next year.
Even with injuries, the starting pitching has been solid. The problem has been the bullpen. We’ve blown way too many leads late in games.
The games the Dodgers have lost lately have been close. Most losses have been lost in extras or lost by one or two runs. You know whose fault it is when you lose by one run, right? The coaches. I usually have a hard time blaming Dave Roberts for losses. Great managers put their players in situations where they can succeed. Lately, it just seems like we are so banged up and cruddy that anyone will do. There have not been too many options.
It’s hard watching bad baseball. I hate seeing pitchers walk hitters. A walk means the hitter gets on 100% of the time. Challenge him, and the league average OBP is 32%. The walks late in games kill me. Yes, the pen has been running on fumes, but holy-moly, hold a lead!
It’s tough watching Seager play bad defense. This season he couldn’t catch Covid in a room full of maskless people. Anyone that said Seager was not a good shortstop before this season is way off. He makes the routine plays and makes them look easy. He’s shaky at best right now. Come on Seags, we need you! As for the rest of the team, this is the MLB. Act like it. Make the plays.
Don’t get me started on the Dodgers hitting as of late. We couldn’t hit a jackpot with three 7’s. We took some steps in the right direction the last few games, but we still have a long way to go.
On top of our injuries, we might just be having a bit of a hangover after winning the World Series. It’s happened before, it’ll happen again, and it can be a good thing if we can right the ship.
I’ll tell you what, if we are playing like this when we get everyone back, we’ll have problems. If we are playing this bad after the All-Star break, we’ll be in the worst kind of trouble. It’s a long season, and you gotta trust it. The Dodgers are a great team with 130 games to go. They will rally and get hot at the right time.
My blue heart was crushed when I heard the news about Dustin May. He was looking downright nasty. You hate to see this happen to any young and talented player—good thing we’re blessed with a deep rotation.
The last three games against the Cubbies were a hard pill to swallow. Murphy’s Law was in full effect.
The process is more important than the results. The mighty Dodgers got swept, but I saw some signs of life. Our cold hitters ground-out some at-bats and had a few big hits. Unfortunately, the pen gave it right back. Major League Baseball wants to deliver the coup de grâce, but the Boys in Blue got too much fight. What is dead may never die!
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