With the recent acquisition of Rod Barajas, Ned Colletti is sending a clear signal to the National League that “We still think we’re in this,” even though after their recent 5-2 loss to the 72-52 Reds, the Los Angeles Dodgers are now 12 games behind 1st in the NL West and 8 games back in the wild card race with 37 games to go.
Now, that seems like nothing but you have to remember that the Dodgers are behind the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres in the National League West with 21 games against them remaining with only 9 of them at home. Couple that with the fact that the Dodgers are a good home team (39-27) but a bad road team (24-36) and you get a recipe for disaster. It’s my guess that Colletti feels that with Furcal and Manny coming back, the Dodgers can make some type of magical run to the playoffs, but I just don’t see it. Torre makes too many questionable mistakes, the Dodgers hitting, which was one of the best in the first 1/4 of the season, looks like the 2003 Dodgers who only scored a total of 574 runs that year (540 this year).
It’s of my opinion that we should be sellers instead of buyers; then again, you never know, we could run off ten straight run red hot into the playoffs and win it all but call me “Ye of Little Faith” because I’m not buying it, but for some unconscionable reason Colletti is. I’ve chatted with some Dodger fans, visited other blogs, some forums and the consensus is “the Dodgers are done, get rid of the loose baggage” aka Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, Brad Ausmus, and maybe even Kuroda who I’ve read the Dodgers think his asking price is too high and will let hit Free Agency this off season.
In the end, you do have to admire Net Colletti for one thing, he doesn’t give up, we’re down, almost out, it all looks up hill but he still thinks we can win, so I’ll pull for my team, watch the games, listen to Vin on the radio and continue to rant and rave about Torre’s pitching changes, Kemp’s strikeouts and Manny just being Manny.