The Dodgers Are a Very Good Team
The Dodgers continue to steamroll through the competition since June 22. While most of it has been pretty bad — Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants to name three — the Dodgers proved themselves in taking three of four from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about winning the series was the fact that the only game they lost was the one Clayton Kershaw started. Kershaw lasted six innings, uncharacteristically short for him, giving up only two runs. However that lifted his season ERA from 1.87 to 1.91. I know. It's an abomination.
At that point the Dodgers trailed only 2-1, but then Brandon League gave up two home runs yielding three runs in the eighth, and that was it.
After the Dodgers (aka Carl Crawford) knocked Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller out of the game after two pitches on Wednesday thanks to a line-drive double that caught him on his arm, the Dodgers went to town. Today's starting pitcher Jake Westbrook was brought in the second inning, the Dodgers scored six runs in the second inning and ran away with a 13-4 victory.
Today the Dodgers used a three-run homer by A.J. Ellis in the fifth inning off of rookie Carlos Martinez to break a 1-1 tie. Martinez made his first career start left the game after the home run with cramping in his right hand.
Puig had his 10th three-hit game of the season to complement his first three-walk game on Wednesday. Puig now has a seven-game hit streak.
The Dodgers are now 10-0-4 in their last 14 series not having lost a series since losing two of three in Pittsburgh from June 14-16. They are 34-8 in their last 42 games which leads the Majors.
With the Arizona Diamondbacks idle the Dodgers have a 5 1/2 game lead in the NL West.
The Dodgers come back home for a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays who are currently battling the Boston Red Sox for AL East supremacy. But whatever unwillingness to completely buy into the Dodgers is gone after this Cardinals series.
The Cardinals are a good team. They are two years removed from a World Series championship and were a game away from the World Series last year. Like Tampa Bay, they're fighting with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the NL Central.
The Dodgers beat a very good team. Any naysayers are those on the fence (like myself) who were leery about the level of competition they have faced need to accept the truth: the Dodgers are a very good team.
I doubt the Dodgers will keep that 36-12 pace they've gone the last 48 games — that would give them exactly 100 wins for only the third time since moving to Los Angeles. Unless the Diamondbacks decide to wake up, I find it hard for the Dodgers to lose their grip on the division.
It's looking like it will be a busy October in Los Angeles.