Thursday, May 9, 2019
Dodger Blue Harvest
...I dunno, man. The Dodgers' best player is batting over .400. I think that means they're doing well, right?
But that's the thing, isn't it? It's a bit tricky to talk about the Dodgers' strengths without directly mentioning Cody Bellinger. Yes, he's a large part of this team's ascent, but...he's not the only reason for it. Simply put...nobody's doing badly right now. No batter on the roster has a batting average lower than .220, and no pitcher (other than Joe Kelly) has an ERA higher than 5.00. So nobody on this team is stinking the team up, and every part of the team is either consistently okay or pretty good.
...which is a good problem to have, especially if you're in 1st place.
The issue I do have with this team is that a lot of players, especially in the lineup...are just doing okay right now. Aside from Bellinger, only two batters have an average higher than .250, and only four pitchers have an ERA lower than 3. So outside of Bellinger, only six guys are really pulling above 'just good enough'. And I worry because I didn't really expect this much meh coming from a first place team, especially the Dodgers. You look at guys like Corey Seager, Enrique Hernandez, Walker Buehler and Chris Taylor, and you just wish they were doing better.
I mean, I know it's kind of redundant to be skeptical about a team with Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw on it, but...you've got to look at both perspectives. Yes, it'd be nice if this Dodger team waltzes to the end yet again, but to get to that point, the majority of this team needs to start pulling its weight as well.
Coming Tonight: One of two former utility infielders for the Indians who are currently lighting it up in the AL East. This one happens to be in first, though.