Hopefully there is a lucky rainbow over Kershaw today when the Dodgers begin their quest for the championship. In my opinion the way the game goes today will determine how the Dodgers will do.
It was a little disconcerting that the Dodgers were swept by the Giants just days ago. It also is amazing that the Giants are back on the path again to play in the World Series. Some friends at work who aren’t really baseball fans were already giving me their condolences about the Dodgers. They had heard about the way the Dodgers had played in San Francisco and thought this was the end of the line. It has been frustrating for us Dodger fans who have followed them for years how they do in the Post Season so hopefully they can overcome their postseason curse.
When the roster was announced, I was not really surprised. After suffering a demotion in purgatory, Yasiel Puig is playing in the post season. How could they not include him. I still am not sure about the details of all that but it turned out ok with Puig coming back and showing everyone what stuff he is made of.
He was the one who led the team around the stadium to include the fans before they went down into the clubhouse to celebrate.
And how could they not include the hero of the game, Charlie Culberson?
Andre Ethier will provide a veteran presence. He’s hoping that the Dodgers can go all the way. He’s been on every postseason team.
Andrew Toles has earned a spot with his doggedness and never failing enthusiasm.
The roster includes 3 catchers: Yaz, Carlos Ruiz and Austin Barnes. Ruiz has proven that he can hit against lefthanders. Washington plans 3 games with left handed pitching. Rookie Austin is able to play different positions.
There will be a 7 man bullpen. Doc (Dave Roberts) has proven he can juggle the bullpen around to make the best of any situation. The bullpen, although we fans agonized all season, is the best overall. They include Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton, Josh Field, Luis Avilan, Ross Stripling and of course closer Kenley Jansen.
Justin Turner will be at third base. His goal to win the World Series is based on the fact that he wants Vin Scully to end his career leading the Dodgers during the celebration which would follow in downtown LA.
How fitting would that be to make Vinny the happiest man alive.
It would be the best send off to a man who gave his heart and soul to a team he loves so much, a team he spent his entire adult life with.
Of course Clayton will lead our team, pitching in game one.
Rich Hill will follow in Game 2. Rich is one of the nicest Dodgers I have ever met. He is very fan friendly, never refuses an autograph or picture. He will stop and actually talk to anyone. He is by far the best mid season acquisition ever.
Kenta Maeda will probably start Game 3 at Dodger Stadium but who knows? Clayton may be asked to start on short rest depending on how the other games go.
Chase Utley will provide the leadership in the club.
Josh Reddick will platoon with Puig and Andre.
We can’t forget Corey Seager who has the sweetest swing in baseball, a sure thing for ROY. Were they ever seriously thinking about trading him????
Adrian Gonzalez will man first base. Who else?
Howie will pinch hit, play left field and third base.
Joc has proven he doesn’t just strike out.
Candidate for manager of the year Dave Roberts will try to finally get the Dodgers the trophy. He has been able to right the ship when injuries prevailed during the season. How could he not win? He also should be a candidate for Rookie of the Year.
I have my fingers crossed that the game tonight in DC will go the Dodgers way. Our Clayton 12-4 ERA 1.69 will face Nationals ace Max Scherzer 20-7 eRA 2.96. Scherzer will most certainly be a top runner for Cy Young since Clayton was on DL most of the season.
Thanks for stopping by: GO DODGERS!!!!