Whew! What a season it’s been for the Dodgers and their fans, and we still have a couple of weeks to go. This roller coaster season has been full of surprises – especially the kind that no one could have seen coming. The crazy, record-breaking winning streaks followed by a crazy, record-breaking losing streak blew us all away.
I doubt ol’ Nostradamus could have predicted those happenings, but before the season, Scott and I put on our pointy blue fortune-teller hats and made some predictions of our own for the season. Let’s look back on mine and see how many I nailed:
Clayton Kershaw is going to carry this team through the playoffs and on to a World Series Championship like Dodgers pitching heroes of the past. We won’t know the answer to this one until we get into the postseason, so the jury is still out. That said, Kershaw has been showing signs of being human, such as slowing way down in the sixth inning yesterday, and walking two before giving up the first grand slam of his career.
In fact, Kershaw has so far surrendered the most home runs of any one season this year. I still have faith in my prediction that Kershaw will rise to the occasion when the postseason arrives. Result: To be seen.
Andre Ethier will have brief success and then flame out quickly. I thought Captain Clutch would come back from 2016’s leg injury, re-injure himself again right away, and drop out before the All-Star break. Turned out I was half right. He hurt his back early, and missed most of this season. He’s back in the dugout now, and looking decent. I wish the Granderson ridiculousness would end quickly, so Andre can get more at bats. Result: 50% right.
I’ll fruitlessly search for a decent craft beer at Dodger Stadium that’s locally brewed. Beer-drinking Dodgers fans who live close to Dodger Stadium are blessed by living in an area surrounded by local brewers. However, you wouldn’t know that if you’re a fan from out-of-town visiting the stadium. The Dodgers do offer one stand dedicated to one local brewery, and a few stands carry a few cans from a couple of others, but that’s about it. Technically, my prediction was wrong, but the Dodgers woefully lack in support of local brewing companies, and for a brand that loves the green as much as they love blue, they are seriously missing out on a cash cow. Result: Fail.
I’ll miss at least one play of the night while standing in a food line. I did miss a couple of home runs while standing in line, but nothing that made or broke the game. Result: Fail.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to have a Dodgers career year. After fighting off Ross Stripling in Spring Training for a spot in the starting rotation, Ryu quietly put together a solid year on the mound. As Kenta Maeda faltered, Ryu emerged as a dependable arm. For a brief time Ryu looked like he might take a spot from Yu Darvish when the ex-Ranger couldn’t buy a win with the Dodgers. Ryu has stumbled, but as I mentioned, the southpaw is a fighter, and he’s looking to play a valuable role in the playoffs. Result: Correct!
Another Dodger hero of mine will falter this year, Adrian Gonzalez. Here’s more from my prediction: “His weapon won’t be the long ball…RBI singles and some well-hit doubles until the butter and eggs begin to melt. His playing time will sharply drop after the All-Star break.” I didn’t see him fading due to a lingering injury, but unfortunately, this prediction also came true. Result: Correct!
Andrew Toles will take advantage of Ethier starting the season on the DL and make it very hard for the skipper to keep him on the bench. Welp. What coulda been. Toles also suffered from Ethier disease and lost a season. Sigh. Result: Fail.
Scott will have his annual “The Dodgers stink, they’ll never win again” phase, and I’ll calmly talk him through it. This one is a bit unfair, because I can probably run this one every year and pick up an easy win. I’ll chalk it up this time, and never use it again. Result: Correct!
I’ll constantly hear my inner-voice version of Vin Scully calling plays in my mind. This one turned out to be true as we all walked through our first post-Vinny season. Time and again, I heard Vinny call out’ “Deuces are wild, He’s surrounded by crocodiles, the rabbit is loose, a little nubber…” and many other Scullyisms. I hope they never fade away too much. Result: Correct!
I’ll have a sad moment when the reality of this being the first season without my mother to share it with hits me. This one was only half-correct. I did miss mom, but at the same time, I felt her with me, watching the boys in blue, or as she lovingly called them, “those screwballs”. Result: 50% correct.
Score: 50% with one pending. Batting .500 isn’t bad. I hope the Dodgers will do just as well as the season plays out. They might well get there if they would just stop playing Granderson.
6 thoughts on “Revisiting my Ten Dodgers Predictions for 2017. How Did I do?”
Stop playing Granderson, Kike, Grandal and Forsythe. Play Utley every time there is a RH pitcher out there and leave him in the game even if a lefty reliever comes in. He brings not only his knowledge of the game, but a fire to win I do not see in any of the other guys mentioned. …I hit .714 my only year in Little League Oscar! LOL…..
Solid effort there by Baez
You are kidding right? This one on Roberts. He should have pulled him after Granderson made the catch. His defense helps him out and he issues a 4 pitch walk? The guy has sucked for weeks. The hell with getting his confidence back, your dumb leave him in move probably contributes to the losing streak going to 3 and all of a sudden you are 4-4 on this 10 game road trip. Then he lets him pitch to one of the hottest hitters on the planet and boom, 3 run double. Then and only then does he being in the reliever who strikes the guy out on 3 pitches……DUMB DAVE!!!!!
Baez never should have been in that game!
Roberts cares more about Baez self esteem, then he cares about the other players!
And just like we all knew that Hatcher is a head case, we all know the same, about Baez!
It doesn’t matter how hard Baez throws, he has a mental issue, and he has since he first came up!
This is not little league, this is Major League Baseball!
And Roberts should apologize to his players, especially Darvish, and he should apologize to the fans, for having a normal reaction, when they saw Baez come to the mound!
And after Darvish pitched that high inside pitch, on that kid’s hands, and he missed, why did they throw that kid another pitch, that was low and on the outside corner, that he hit off Darvish?
That’s the way Grandal likes to call a game. Darvish made a decent pitch but it was more down and on the inside and Hoskins pulled it past Turner. After Granderson made that catch and the runner did not score, Roberts should have pulled Baez right then and there. Me? I would have pulled him after he hit the catcher. But Roberts is trying to get the guys confidence back instead of getting the job done and clinching the division first. The magic number might drop anyway since the Padres are sticking it to the Diamond backs again, BUT< now they have a 3 game losing streak after their two best pitchers FAIL to beat a 90 loss team. That is just frippen pitiful. And the offense is sucking again. The got 3 hits in the 8th and did not score. Taylor singles, Corey hits into a DP< Turner singles, Cody singles, and Granderson naturally hits the first pitch to center for an out. Lousy situational hitting all around, and I think Seager's elbow is hurting more than they want to admit.
I agree with what you said!
And I am just livid that this team is being managed so poorly!
This is not all on Roberts, we know that Roberts, the bench coach, all collaborate with the front office!
This is just not the way a team and its players, should be managed!