We can see it. At least half the crowd in Chavez Ravine can see it. But I don’t think Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts and his “advisors” can. This team, run on the same strategies that they’ve tried night after night, is headed straight for Nowheresville – and last time I checked, they don’t host the World Series there.
Take some advice and look in the mirror, Roberts and Co. Think hard about the game plan you’ve used for the past two weeks. That disjointed and malfunctioning batting order just aint cutting it.
Here’s how to fix the offense:
Drop Justin Turner out of the top of the order. Today. Our beloved, red chia pet hit a home run the other night, but otherwise, that’s been about it for the past month.
Bat Adrian Gonzalez fifth. He’s the butter and eggs man forever, but time’s are changing, and those delivery trucks are expensive options we don’t see too much of anymore. Gonzo can still hit, but the Dodgers have got to bat him fifth until he starts showing some power.
He should bat fifth because the hot bats of the Dodgers youth need to be united in the batting order behind lead off man extraordinaire, Chase Utley. The young trio is hitting the ball far and hitting it with authority. Exploit that, put them back to back to back in the batting order and watch their separate sparks ignite batting fireworks.
Here’s how to fix the pitching:
Bring Zach Lee back up to bolster pitching. The Dodgers seem to be one step away from losing all interest in him, so I say bring the guy up and give him one last chance to make the big club for good.
This avoids exposing young Urias too soon, Lee knows his way around the big club, and he will not be any worse than some of the other stiffs going to the mound.
At best, a motivated Lee may find that magic in his arm and bring stability – and innings – to the staff.
There you go, skipper. That’s how to fix the team. You can thank me with a champagne toast down the road.