Trading Deadline and Injuries
Question #1 is about #1 – Is Kershaw coming back this season and when? I don’t know and you don’t know. I doubt the team knows, and I doubt that Clayton knows.
So my first inclination would be, how can the Dodgers compete without Kershaw? They are a sub .500 team without him. But at the same time, the Dodgers have closed the gap to four games behind the Giants without Kershaw. If they could pick up a #2 or #3 starter to go along with Maeda, McCarthy, and Kazmir, then maybe they can be competitive through September and into the playoffs.
Once they get into the playoffs, it’s open season. Any team could get hot. Even the Dodgers? Maybe they need a little help. The outfield has not been productive offensively this year. So perhaps the Dodgers should be adding another bat in the outfield. Who is that going to be? Jay Bruce’s name has been bandied about quite a bit. I just hope the Dodgers understand that he would be a three month rental, and not give up too much in the way of prospects.
Heat in St Louis
Yeah, it’ll be hot this weekend. How hot? 92 degrees today, 97 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. How humid? About 70%. Drink your Gatorade, boys.