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I come at this from a different perspective

October 30, 2018 08:58AM
Sitting Muncy and Bellinger in games 1 and 2 was bad, in my opinion. Pulling Hill in the 7th of game 4 was worse. And putting in Alexander and then Madsen for Hill there was really the worst thing they could have done.

But in the end, to me, this World Series was more about Kershaw than anything. A good friend of mine that equally dislikes the Red Sox and Dodgers but is also the most knowledgeable person about baseball that I know told me before the Series that the way LAD could and would win would be Kershaw. "Two good starts from him and you win. If not, you lose. Plain and simple." And I think he was right.

And believe me, I love Kershaw. The best regular season pitcher I've ever seen. My favorite current Dodger and one of my 3 favorites ever going back to 1979 when I started following them. But they needed him and he came up short. He was not terrible. But he didn't do what they needed. To beat a superior opponent your best has to be at their best.

Now, at age 30 and with 2,250 innings on that arm, what happens with him? My guess is he opts out to get a final big payday. Because he knows if he waits another two years it's not coming. He is still very good of course but he is also now a 13-win, 160 innings starter. It's his average the past three seasons and what he is and will be- at best- the next three years. So what do the Dodgers do? Unemotionally it would make sense to move on should he opt out. Try to pressure him to stay under the current deal and slowly transition Buehler to become their ace while Kershaw is more of a very good #2 or 3.

Will they? I doubt it. But Dodgers fans have to be prepared that he will not be better or more durable than he was 2016-2018. And very possibly worse.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/30/2018 08:59AM by LMU93.

  Well Dodger fans, this is becoming an annual tradition

sacram93October 28, 2018 07:10PM

  couldn't have said that better

21Dog46October 28, 2018 07:28PM

  Re: Well Dodger fans, this is becoming an annual tradition

dodgerram50October 29, 2018 01:44AM

  Freese vs. Manny

21Dog49October 29, 2018 04:40AM

  not saying I love Manny

ferragamo7948October 29, 2018 07:05PM

  I'll take Freese...

sacram56October 29, 2018 07:18PM

  Re: I'll take Freese...

21Dog36October 30, 2018 04:31AM

  apples and oranges

ferragamo7947October 30, 2018 05:25AM

  Oh I understand...

sacram49October 30, 2018 08:16AM

  Re: Well Dodger fans, this is becoming an annual tradition

sacram41October 29, 2018 06:03AM

  Re: Well Dodger fans, this is becoming an annual tradition

waterfield46October 29, 2018 05:02PM

  Re: Well Dodger fans, this is becoming an annual tradition

sacram44October 29, 2018 07:21PM

  Gotta give credit to Boston....they were the best team in baseball

Rampage2K-48October 30, 2018 07:29AM

  agree, 2017 felt much worse

LMU9337October 30, 2018 08:48AM

  Talk about missing an opportunity..

sstrams38October 30, 2018 09:06AM

  Clearly (nm)

waterfield45October 30, 2018 02:01PM

  I come at this from a different perspective

LMU9351October 30, 2018 08:58AM

  In hindsight...

sacram47October 30, 2018 02:24PM