You know, we just destroyed Ned Colletti on the Trayvon Robinson deal a few years ago. I mean, completely crushed him, and not just me, 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, Tim Federowicz has beaten out Ramon Hernandez once and for all, and Stephen Fife… well, the Dodgers lost tonight, but he was once again pretty decent. I still don’t see much more than “fifth starter” out of him, but I will take “two earned runs in five innings” most nights out of a fifth starter, and Fife has been on a pretty consistent streak of keeping runs off the board, even somehow managing to miss some bats along the way.
Of course, none of that really matters when your offense gets shut out again, 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, but he’s hardly elite, and despite the injuries the Dodgers have suffered this is still a lineup that had Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, A.J. Ellis, & Andre Ethier in it.
That’s most of a major-league lineup, in theory, yet the Dodgers could do no more than five singles, a walk, and a Jerry Hairston double. (At least two of the hits came off the bat of Puig, 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, or even May, and June is now half over. If this team plans to turn the season around… well, the time is now.