Oh Right, There’s Bigger Issues Than Matt Kemp & Jonathan Broxton

Like the fact that even though Hiroki Kuroda was excellent, the offense let him down, and why does that sound familiar? Clearly, this has been a week filled with drama, between Broxton’s debacle, Kemp’s benching, and it’s only going to get worse in a few days when Zach Lee doesn’t sign and the true nature of that draft pick is revealed.

Yet for all the words dropped on those situations, they’re not what’s holding the 2010 Dodgers back. It’s a team that always had its flaws, but seemingly had the talent to get past them. But without Manny, without Russell Martin, and without Rafael Furcal (who isn’t close to returning), and with performances like that of Casey Blake (.213/.283/.337 since the All-Star break), it’s important to remember that the poorly-timed slump they’re in is a pretty team-wide effort, starting pitchers aside.

So that’s 10 games out of the NL West, and 6.5 back in the Wild Card, behind four teams. I don’t like saying it, because as Jon states, there’s no fun in not looking forward to the next game. But why exactly shouldn’t we be hoping that veteran pieces like Ted Lilly, Casey Blake, & Octavio Dotel get moved this month?

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