What Should the Dodgers Do?
The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 55-31. In fact they have had the best record in the majors since May 4, three days before Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games. In fact this is the best record for the Dodgers to this part of the season since 1977 when they won 98 games and made it to the World Series against the New York Yankees. Baseball Prospectus as of today is predicting the Dodgers to win 100 or 101 games based on their three different models.
But as sports fans no one is content. There’s always something to tweak. I’ve already mentioned how
the Dodgers need to address the bullpen with Ronald Belisario and Ramon Troncoso combining to pitch over 100 innings a little over the half-way point in the season. Every time I see the two of them pitch in the game I am fearful of seeing their arms just fall off right there on the mound.
Part of the reason the bullpen is being overused is the starters aren’t going deep into games. Chad Billingsley and Randy Wolf are the only starters averaging more than six innings per start. Clayton Kershaw has great stuff but walks a lot of batters averaging just under 5 2/3 innings per start. Hiroki Kuroda still has some rust to shake off after being on the disabled list for most of April and May.
But there’s no one out there.