Guess who's back? Yours truly. And while I was gone, the Dodgers have... sucked. Well, sorta. The pitching has been amazing. Especially the starters. That guy Kershaw is kinda good. Billingsley has started to go deeper into games. Jansen has made his debut and laughed at the heart of the Met's lineup, with only fastballs.
Now, what's wrong? The offense. I have to think it is mental. We did it last year without Manny for most of the year, and they need to do it for the time being. Manny is getting old, yes. But when he is healthy, he can still hit. Matt Kemp still has ups and downs of a young player. But why is everyone freaking out!? He is the same guy we saw last year. He is still a 5 tool player. He is also a CF. A CF, 5 tool player... find me a lot of those. Andre, Andre, Andre. We love him. However, he isnt good against lefties. Is it mental or skill? No one knows. But it is time to find out. One fact we should think about... the St. Louis Cardinals last year had the best hitter in the game and a great backup hitter. And they got dominated by the Dodgers. Why? It was just two hitters. When Manny comes back, we have that 3-4-5 punch of Andre-Manny-Kemp. Andre and Kemp will have protection beyond each other. We just need to get healthy.
The other thing that is killing us? The rest of the bullpen behind Broxton, Kuo and Jansen. Whenever the rest of the pen pitches, the fans and the Dodgers themselves hold on for their lives. We need to ditch the crap(ie, Sherrill), and get the more talented arms up here to contribute. The worst part is Torre attempts to try to rebuild his trust in the worst spots. Simply put, Sherrill shouldn't have been pitching in the 9th. Or at all.
Overall, why is everyone flipping out? Yes, we are 7 games back. Yes, this offense is running like crap. But we hold our own destiny. The Rockies have decided to sell, the Giants can't hit, and neither can the Padres. Our pitching matches up fairly well with each team, and the offense is stronger. We have dominated the NL West and guess who we play for most of the rest of the year? The NL West. This Giants series is important. We need to win the series. And honestly, we have beaten each Giant pitcher before, many times most likely. I am confident about the series and about this season. Simply put, if we continue to pitch like we can, not let the shitty pitchers touch the ball, and play to our potential, I'll see you in October.