You know/files/includes/,.css we just destroyed Ned Colletti on the Trayvon Robinson deal a few years ago. I mean/files/includes/,.css completely crushed him/files/includes/,.css and not just me/files/includes/,.css either. Every other Dodger blogger I respect and most mainstream writers too took glee in punishing the Dodger general manager for what seemed to be an out-of-nowhere and beyond foolish deal.
Now here we are almost two years later and Robinson has washed out with Seattle and is hitting .235/.321/.355 for Baltimore’s Triple-A team in his age-25 season/files/includes/,.css Tim Federowicz has beaten out Ramon Hernandez once and for all/files/includes/,.css and Stephen Fife… well/files/includes/,.css the Dodgers lost tonight/files/includes/,.css but he was once again pretty decent. I still don’t see much more than “fifth starter” out of him/files/includes/,.css but I will take “two earned runs in five innings” most nights out of a fifth starter/files/includes/,.css and Fife has been on a pretty consistent streak of keeping runs off the board/files/includes/,.css even somehow managing to miss some bats along the way.
Of course/files/includes/,.css none of that really matters when your offense gets shut out again/files/includes/,.css and while this isn’t the first time that’s happened this season — and it sure as hell won’t be the last — this one was a little harder to take. Jeff Locke has been decent this year/files/includes/,.css but he’s hardly elite/files/includes/,.css and despite the injuries the Dodgers have suffered this is still a lineup that had Yasiel Puig/files/includes/,.css Adrian Gonzalez/files/includes/,.css Hanley Ramirez/files/includes/,.css A.J. Ellis/files/includes/,.css & Andre Ethier in it.
That’s most of a major-league lineup/files/includes/,.css in theory/files/includes/,.css yet the Dodgers could do no more than five singles/files/includes/,.css a walk/files/includes/,.css and a Jerry Hairston double. (At least two of the hits came off the bat of Puig/files/includes/,.css pushing his line to an absurd .487/.512/.846.) We can blame injuries all we like — and we do — but sooner or later the guys who are playing are going to need to contribute too. It’s not April any longer/files/includes/,.css or even May/files/includes/,.css and June is now half over. If this team plans to turn the season around… well/files/includes/,.css the time is now.