If we go back to Spring Training and then through April to mid-September, most comments were that the Dodgers would not win enough games this year. Except for Kershaw, nearly every pitcher on this staff has been much maligned. Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson were maligned because they were injured. Kazmir was maligned because of course he was, as was Maeda for “potential injury issues.” But, when the Dodger signed Joe Blanton, you could hear the wailing all the way to Sacramento.
Then when FAZ signed Louis Coleman, Josh Fields and Josh Ravin, they were accused of “<i>shopping at Dollar General</i>.” According to popular opinion, FAZ called up Julio Urias “too soon” and Jose De Leon “too late”. Lately, fans have given to denigrating Ross Stripling. Oh, I almost forgot, fans treated Alex Wood like he had leprosy, and of course when they traded Chris Reed for Grant Dayton it was ”just to get rid of Ned’s guys”.
It seems to me that FAZ can’t do anything right in the eyes of the fans… except win! Even that is not enough to stifle the complaining. All of the above-mentioned pitchers were instrumental in helping the 2016 version of the Dodgers become 4th in MLB in pitching and the bullpen is currently .01 point behind Baltimore for the #1 spot in all of baseball. Not too bad for all of the horrible pitchers they signed.
We should all be glad that most of what was written was pure, unadulterated fiction! I still have difficulty understanding why nearly everything Andrew Freidman does is so reviled. It seems irrational and ugly to me. The guy is actually pretty cool and down to earth. According to most fans here, the Dodgers should not even be in the playoffs. Everyone took the “under” on 92 wins (and “technically” they may be right). So, since the Dodgers were supposed to be so inept, why the hell not sit back and enjoy it?
I suggest you enjoy the ride. You might like it. Of course, the playoffs are a different animal and I won’t predict what will happen, but I like the Dodgers chances. The home field advantage over Washington is no big deal and the Dodgers were not going to get the home field advantage over the Cubs… so why try?
So, according to many, the Dodgers are playing on house money. If you listen to most people, they should not be here – shades of 1988 it seems to me. Some LA fans still ridicule the Dodgers, but not baseball insiders. The opinions of Friedman among baseball professionals runs from “they are really doing good things” to “man, other teams are in trouble.”
The Dodgers started their regulars Saturday and lost 3-0. OMG, the sky is falling! Look, there’s nothing to play for. Knocking the Giants out? It means nothing. The season is over. Home field advantage? Unless, they can leapfrog the Cubs, it means nothing! They might wake up today in their final tune-up for the playoffs, but there’s not a lot to play for right now and I don’t believe it means a dad-gummed thing.
Maeda will start on 5 days rest again and hopefully he will get his 17th win. That would be cool. However, it seems that everyone fixates of what FAZ has done different than their own world-view. Listen up: baseball is in a huge transition to sabermetric analysis. It’s not the end-all-be-all and if you have read anything I wrote for the past 15 years, you will know that I am not enamored with people who only use statistical analysis. However, it’s just as stupid not to use it as it is to use it as a “sole predictor” of potential.
Get used to it. All teams are using sabermetrics – some more successfully than others. Ned Colletti was slow to embrace it, which he why he is a commentator now. Sabermetrics are part of the new paradigm and aren’t going away anytime soon… nor should they.
By the way, all season long, I listened to stuff like this:
“Polish this turd all you want, if you could not SEE this offensive implosion coming from 2015, you were not paying attention.
I can’t stand this team anymore, this is NOT Dodger baseball, this is a robotic Friedman machine that has become the farthest thing from a Dodger club I have ever witnessed.
Also, I watched as many posted comments from Dodger Therapy all year long (repeatedly) about how horrid the front office was. Have you noticed that the head ignoramus at Dodger Therapy has not posted since September 1, 2016…like the ones who left this board because they couldn’t stand the truth?
If I had been wrong in my defense of FAZ many would have rubbed my face in it BIG TIME, so it’s not like I am going to fail to mention it. ALL SEASON many ridiculed what I wrote and now that they were wrong, they somehow want me to ignore it? FAT CHANCE! Someone said I just use it to get attention. I’m sorry to say this but I don’t need your attention… or approval for that matter. I write what I believe is the truth and let the chips fall where they may.
There are lots of things that can go wrong over the course of a season and the Dodgers had just about everything go wrong, but here we are: on the verge of history. However, some simply can’t enjoy it. I hope that you can learn to enjoy it like I have all year. This might be really fun.