Here’s a review of the team’s players using the early season statistics. Thirteen games is only 8% of the season, so credible indicators are lacking, but that won’t stop us.
Justin Turner is great even though he has yet to hit a tater this year. Yasiel Puig’s stats are lying to us; his OPS at 1.100 is great, yet he seems to commit at least one TOOTBLAN every game. Okay, it’s only every other game. Corey Seager is hitting well as usual. Logan Forsythe started well, but now he is injured. Yasmani Grandal is doing okay, because his power is making up for his below-average batting average. But Adrian Gonzalez, Andrew Toles, and Joc Pederson are severely underperforming.
On the bench, Chase Utley’s only redeeming quality is that he can score from first base on a strikeout. Otherwise, his .050 batting is horrifying. Trayce Thompson did nothing for the Dodgers, and Scott Van Slyke has done only slightly better than nothing. Kike Hernandez is starting to hit doubles, so there is some hope for him. Austin Barnes has performed well in the few times he has been released from the dugout.
Clayton Kershaw is great (other than that one time at Coors Field). Brandon McCarthy has done very well – let’s hope he stays healthy. The rest? No. Rich Hill cannot stay off the DL. Hyun-Jin Ryu perhaps should be on the DL. Kenta Maeda is performing at a #5 or #6 starting slot, but somehow he is our #2 starting pitcher.
The bullpen has done an impressive job. Let’s hope it continues. Long men Ross Stripling and Alex Wood have really come in and shut down the opposition. Lefties Grant Dayton and Luis Avilan are performing well. Kenley Jansen has been himself (excellent). Sergio Romo has been okay, but not great. Chris Hatcher has been surprisingly sufficient. Josh Fields and Pedro Baez have been pretty good.