What Happens in Coors Field, Stays in Coors
I hate to say I told you so, but I told you I did not think Clayton Kershaw would pitch well last night. After the game was over Clayton said: “I’m not going to overthink it. “I just sucked today. I haven’t been that bad in a long time.” What was first? The chicken or the egg? Kershaw pitched poorly and it was in Coors Field. No need to overthink it. Move on. Nothing to see her folks. Forgetaboutit! Kershaw’s fastball topped out at 91.2 MPH last night and in the thin air of Denver, his curve and slider had no “bite” so he got bit! End of story!
I fully expect a sweep tonight as Julio Urias has a 5.10 career ERA in Coors Field. We better hope the Rockies don’t make it to the playoffs because they beat us like rented mules there… or so it seems. The only way the Dodgers win tonight is if the bats wake up. Marquez has a 5.58 ERA so that probably means he will shut out the Dodgers. What happens in Coors Field stays in Coors Field – Never speak of this again!
I was watching on my i-Phone at the Grateful Dead Concert… which was a disappointment (to me). It was fun to see , but unless you were stoned, you could not appreciate it and all I had were 2 beers – nothing that was “wacky.” Freddie Freeman and Muncy had two hits each and the Dodgers had 9, but they just could not get any traction. Jake Lamb made his Dodger debut, but someone pulled the wool over his eyes as he struck out. Alberto and JT both hit HR but it was too-little-too-late!
Mookie Betts is finally progressing, but it sounds like it will be another week or 10 days until he gets back. Someone said this:
“You know who else did pretty good at leadoff? The guy who has pretty much hit there his entire career and was leading the majors in runs by a good amount before he got injured. You don’t move your superstar under contract for the next 10+ years out of his preferred spot when he is performing well above average there. Mookie’s our leadoff hitter period.“
So, I did a little research and here is the breakdown “career-wise” of how Mookie hits at leadoff:
.296 Batting Average, .372 OB%
That’s pretty good, but not as good as when he hits #2:
.307 Batting Average, .390 OB% as a #2 hitter, but he hits .309 with a .379 OB% as a #4 hitter.
What about Trea Turner? For his career he is about the same batting #1, #2, or #3. All over .300!
So, to say “Mookie is our leadoff hitter. Period!” is only an opinion. It is not supported by facts. Personally, I do not think it should continue. I think this lineup needs shaken up! Sometimes change for the sake of change is good. When Mookie comes back, why not try this:
- Trea Turner SS
- Smith C
- Freeman 1B
- Betts RF
- Muncy 3B
- Turner/Lamb DH
- Bellinger CF
- Taylor LF
- Lux 2B
The Dodgers hitting has been excellent at times, but not consistent. Why not try that? What harm can come from it? I know that Mookie likes to lead off, but I would hope he likes to win more. Put aside any selfish proclivities and take one for the team.
I will address the Freddie Freeman issue when I know more. This is still playing out! I have no comment at the present time.
Future Dodgers Down on the Farm
- OKC won 6-3 as Ryan Pepiot went 4 innings, allowing 2 ER, 3 BB, and struck out 6. His ERA sits at 1.94.
- Miguel Vargas went 2-4 with 2 RBI – He has 53 RBI in 281 ABs after having 76 in 483 ABs last year.
- Mike Busch was also 2-4 with a 2-Run Homer (his 8th at AAA, and 19th on the year). For the year, he is hitting .278 with a .377 OB% and .948 OPS. I would not be afraid to call him up. Maybe if the Lamb experiment fails…
- Jason Martin also hit his 12th HR.
- Dellin Betances was roughed up but did not give up a run. He needs time.
- Marshall Kasowski went 2 innings and allowed 0 hits, 2 BB, and 1 K for the win.
- Jacob Amaya is at .184 BA.
- Tulsa lost 14-5 as Bobby Miller was beaten like a rented mule. His line is so ugly, that I will not speak of it again. His ERA is 4.92. Maybe he needs to be a reliever!
- Great Lakes bet Dayton 18-6. Diego Cartaya was 2-4 with his 3rd A+ HR. He has 12 HR and 45 RBI on the year.
- Alex DeJesus was 3-4 with 3 RBI an 2 BB (BA – .330/OPS. – .962).
- Nick Nastrini pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 Hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, and struck out 10.
- Rancho lost 7-6 as Damon Keith (.305/.945) was 2-5. He needs to move to GL.
- 19-year-old Yeiner Fernandez (.272 BA/.364 OBP/.733 OPS) was 3-6 with 3 RBI.