Last time Joe Torre had a championship team, he fielded a deep lineup with no hitters with over 30 home runs and a bunch of .270-.280 hitters who hit in the clutch and moved runners over. That Yankee team also took a lot of pitches and drew walks.
Sound familiar? After watching the Dodger lineup on Wednesday night, I see a lot of those traits in this lineup. 7 different players had at least one hit, 5 different players scored each of the 5 runs. The Dodger lineup drew 6 walks, two of them came with the bases loaded. And how about moving the runners? Yes, Ethier moved runners to 2nd and 3rd in the first with groundout to the rightside. Also James Loney did enough in the 8th with a sac fly.
The reason a lineup like this is so effective, players go into and out of slumps all year. Part of baseball. If you have 7-8 guys contributing, chances are they will not all slump at the same time. All this being done while Manny has yet to go on a Manny tear, although do not forget he leads the NL in walks.
Should I mention the young pitchers? Kershaw, 21, topped Chad Billingsley's (24 years old) performance with 13 strikeouts following Chads 11 K's on Monday. Kershaw was able to do this without consistenly getting his roundhouse curve over for strikes. When he does, I feel bad for the hitters in the NL.
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Written by Jon Bella