Although the Dodgers playoff hopes are hanging by a thread and their fate is no longer solely in their hands, they are playing as good of baseball right now as they have all season.
Too little too late? Probably. But some pretty incredible stuff has been happening with this ball club during the past week and especially on Friday night – stuff that needs to continue for the Dodgers to have any chance of making it to the post season. Here’s a quick look at some of that good stuff:
- Clayton Kershaw struck out ten Rockies on Friday night, nine of them swinging. When I mentioned this to him he said “I felt good… very aggressive. I was just trying to get the at-bats done early.” His curveball was as good as I have ever seen it and responsible for most of his strikeouts.
- Adrian Gonzales extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is now hitting .276 since joining the team.
- Andre Ethier went 3 for 4 on Friday night with two of his hits (including a double) coming off of left-hander Jeff Francis.
- Bobby Abreu’s monster pinch hit two-run home run was only the 21st home run in Dodger Stadium’s 50-year history to reach the Loge Level. Although HitTrackerOnLine.com lists it as having traveled only 413 feet, it was a towering shot. The home run was Abreu’s third as a Dodger and the 287th of his 17-year career. It was his first-ever pinch hit home run.
- The Dodgers have scored 8 runs in each of their last three games.
- Luis Cruz went 1 for 5 on Friday night and his .306 batting average is tops on the Dodgers among regular players.
- After going 0 for 31, A.J. Ellis is 6 for 15 (.399) in his last four games.
- Shane Victorino’s home run on Friday night was his 2nd as a Dodger and 11th on the season.
- Clayton Kershaw’s backwards between the legs web gem grab of a ground ball that led to a 1-4-3 double play will undoubtedly help him win his second consecutive Gold Glove. In true Kershaw style, he said “I was just lucky.”
Good stuff indeed.