I’m tired already of the critics of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I cover them and I like them. Not because they have the biggest payroll, but because they are trying to win. They did that again today as they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 and swept them in the three game series.
You know when you have the capability of putting six All-Stars on the field you are a pretty good team. Any one of them can single-handedly carry the team on any given day. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke can win it on the mound. Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and a healthy Hanley Ramirez can win it at the plate.
Some people have been critical of their bats. When you have all that talent, all you need is one or two of them to be hot at the plate, and you win. That’s what happened today. Gonzalez has begun his hitting streak and had four RBI today. Gonzalez is batting .400 for the season. Oh yeah, that Crawford guy found his bat too. He went 2 for 4 today, batting .450.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, the $36 million man, got his first Major League Baseball win today. He pitched 6.1 innings, gave up only three hits and two runs. The Dodgers really do have a solid bullpen. Today the Pirates got zero hits and zero runs—that’s right zero.
Face it, they really are that good. I know they still have to get past the San Francisco Giants. They will. The Dodgers have the best pitching staff and the best outfield in MLB. When Ramirez’s thumb heals, they’ll have one of the best infields. Get used to seeing a lot more wins because this is just the start of a World Series season.
I’ll keep saying it; the Dodgers won again today—of course.