After a six game winning streak, including a sweep of the Nationals and Puig’s gallop around the bases, I am in a quandry as to the buy or sell question for July 31st. Should the Dodgers use the trading deadline to pick up some more prospects, or should they fill the known holes and go for playoff success in 2016?
The holes they are a-plenty. Let’s start with the starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on earth, but he only goes at most once every five
games days. Kenta Maeda has become a reasonable facsimile of a trustworthy #3 starting pitcher. Scott Kazmir, if he could stop throwing gopher balls, is another #3, or is he a #4? Julio Urias rounds out the four-man rotation, but will the FAZ Front Office keep him in the rotation for the rest of the season. Wait, was it four men or five men? Uh, yeah, five man rotation, so who is the fifth? Bingo, we got a problem. Right now, FAZ seems to think they can fill that hole with broken promises and guys on the disabled list (Ryu, McCarthy, Anderson, et. al.)
Bullpen – Jansen (see Kershaw). Hatcher – how the heck did he get Bryce Harper out last night? Let’s just say Hatcher is unreliable. Ditto Pedro Baez. That leaves us with Louis Coleman (not bad), Joe Blanton (the ageless one), and Adam Liberatore (not bad). Did I forget anybody? Did somebody say How? Or was that Howell? JP Howell? Who is he? Is he still on the team? Last time he pitched was June 17th, and he has logged 4 1/3 innings this month. Sports a 5.06 ERA for 2016. So I count roughly three holes in the bullpen.
Defense – not bad, so let’s move on to the offense. Hit and Miss. Where are the holes?
- First base – the old man with the bad back no longer delivers the butter ‘n eggs.
- Second base – the old man is slowing down, visibly aging this season.
- Catcher – Grandal is not often healthy, Ellis is not often hitting
- Right field – Puig can’t deliver the hits reliably
- Left field – a hole currently partially filled by Kendrick and/or Thompson
Maybe Andre Ethier will come back and fill all the offensive holes with a thirty game hitting streak and monstrous home runs. Maybe the Easter Bunny will appear on the Fourth of July.
Then again, the Dodgers are only
5.5 six games behind the Giants. After a six game winning streak, the excitement of the 2016 season is growing. So what say you? Buy or Sell?