Well it was a hell of a ride guys.
Well it was a hell of a ride guys.
Jones and Schmidt had obvious signs of fading before Colletti went out and signed them. Manny's number have been great in LA and solid in Boston when he wasn't even trying. Past his prime and he's still one of the best hitters in the game.
I'm not advocating a 5 year deal but if he is willing to sign for 3 the Dodgers should do it.
I agree with the consensus that Loney should have been hitting clean up or hell maybe in the #2 spot, but when Furcal and Ethier are nearly invisible it really doesn't matter at that point. The rest of the starting roster in this series (with the exception of Kemp) was atrocious. You basically have 2 hitters being Ramirez and Loney who have the odds in their favor to reach base without walking (or without being Russel Martin in game 3). If those two aren't side by side, it doesn't matter where in the hell you place them and anybody else for that matter (statisically speaking with respect to this series).
I do feel that the Phillies were by far the better team and wanted it more. Lowe was solid. Billingsley is young & will develop with time and you can't knock him for that. Kuroda definitely had the advantage at home but lets remember it was no easy win after that amazing inning of offensive production he was blessed with. The point is, the workload was by far too much on 3 pitchers. I know that LGK'ers like to circle jerk over anti-Maddux talk, but I honestly feel that veteran experience on the mound could have been for the best in this series.
Positives to note for next season:
Mc Donald's NLCS stats - 5.1 IP with 7 strike outs and no earned runs. Best pitcher against Philly ! Can't wait to see him on a regular basis next year ! Maybe he can replace the inconsistency of Broxton, or work his way up to our closer considering Saito's status and age. Way too early to predict, but I really like what I am seeing.
Loney, Kemp, Martin, Ethier, Billingsley, Kershaw - with maturity, I think this youthful core can carry the load for quite some time despite some of the obvious NLCS downfalls.
Kershaw - A future stud. 5-5 on an unpredictable & inconsistent Dodgers team with 100 strike outs in 107 innings pitched at the age of ****ing 20 !!! We can only wonder where his W/L record would be with a better team.
Wade - The guy is solid and young. A promising future is what I see for him.
Some things to consider next season:
Broxton/Saito - Broxton a bust? Saito is almost 40 and isn't healthy. They account for 2 crucial game changing innings.
I am really not aware of contract status for all of the players (and apologize in advance if some of the following are UFAS) and dont know how the whole buyout process works, but I do believe we should get rid of the following:
I think the overall key thing here is, is to get a power hitter. Manny is the sole reason the Dodgers surpassed Arizona in the standings and made it past the NLDS. The lack of a power hitter is arguably the reason the Dodgers have been complete dog **** for so long. Look at what a difference it makes. I would love to see a 2-3 year extension on Manny (or acquiring a Pujols-esque figure) if no locker room drama was guaranteed. Imagine that... the youthful core of the team has developed and has entered its prime with somebody of Manny or Pujols status. They will be unstoppable!!!
Congrats to the 2008 Dodgers and Joe Torre for accomplishing something that we haven't seen in 20 years !!! I for one am not in a piss poor mood right now !
Last edited by Azagthoth; October 15th, 2008 at 11:56 PM.
I was hoping for Boston/LA.....but if this turns out to be TB/PHI I am just going to have to go ahead and slit my wrists....
good season overall, plenty of changes coming. see ya next year!