Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Brooklyn Dodgers were affectionately known as “Dem Bums”. They moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1957, after winning their first and only World Series in 1955. They won the World Series 5 times after the relocation: 1959, 1963, 1965, 1982, and 1988. It has been almost 30 years since they won the crown.
It appears as if they are making a serious move in that direction this year Their record, for the past 50 games is astounding. They have won 43, and lost just 7 of those games. No team has done that in more than a hundred years, not since the Giants did it in 1912. They lead the National League West Division by 14 ½ games. They recently acquired Yu Darvish, one of the top pitchers in baseball. They have several outstanding young players.
In a recent interview, manager Dave Roberts outlined a few other reasons why the Dodgers are in contention. “This team has won the Division Championship four times, without going on to win the World Series. They are hungry, and they have a chip on their shoulders. It is a very unselfish group of guys who want to win. We play the right way, and we are finding ways to win games.” Roberts won a Series as a player.
They have the best pitching staff in baseball. They have a collective Earned Run Average of 3.07, and have 34 Saves. The pitchers have struck out 1049 batters while only giving up 291 walks. They have the very best pitcher in baseball, Clay Kershaw. He has won 15 games, losing only 2. Unfortunately, Kershaw is now on the disabled list, but is expected back before the playoffs.
The Dodgers are so far ahead of everyone else that they are gearing up for a long post-season run. Much of their success comes from the tyeam's ability to hit the “long ball”. Last weekend, they swept the New York Mets. They hammered 5 home runs, en route to a 7-4 comeback victory. It was their 32nd come-from-behind win this year.
They had the good fortune to call up a rookie in late April who became an instant star. Cody Bellinger, a son of former major league player Clay, stands third in the list of home run hitters in the major leagues with 32 dingers, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins and the Yankee rookie sensation, Aaron Judge.
Justin Turner leads the team with a .349 batting average.
Yasiel Puig is now ready to become serious baseball player. When he first joined the Dodgers, after leaving Cuba, he was overwhelmed with the prospect of becoming a major league player. Puig was suspended a few times by the Dodgers for his poor play. He stands 6' 7”, and weighs about 260 pounds. He has all the tools to be an outstanding player.
Do not be surprised if you happen to see the Dodgers hoist the World Series trophy in October. They seem to have all of the pieces in place.
August 7, 2017.