Sweet, Sweet Fantasy Team, Baby

In July the Dodgers acquired Yu Darvish. The move could easily be seen as front office being “extra” given the fact that they already had 6 quality pitchers and a huge lead in the division. But the move was about the bigger picture, and that was always clear. Thaws a move designed to push the Dodgers to the next level. But now it’s getting ridiculous. The Dodgers acquired Curtis Granderson. With 5 outfield options and Ethier on his way back from injury the Dodgers got another outfielder and as it may seem excessive, it still makes the team better. The move keeps Granderson from going to many other contenders which could have used him and gave up virtually nothing. He haunted the Dodgers during the 2015 NLDS and has given a hard time to prospective postseason competitors:

Oh! And apparently he’s really nice too. This team looks really good on paper, and is just as good in reality. It’s the kind of lineup you would create if you turned off “Fair Trades” on a video game. It’s only been a few games and the move is already paying off. The front office isn’t just trying to win the division, they know what the big picture is and they know what they need to do to put themselves in the best position to succeed. They’re building a beast, and it’s amazing.

8/15     6-1     W     CWS
8/16     5-4     W     CWS
8/18     8-5     W     @DET
8/19     3-0     W     @DET
8/20     1-6     L      @DET

Record For The Week: 4-1

Key Moments:

  • Dodgers improve to 50 games above .500
  • Kike hits 3rd HR off Rodon this year
  • Darvish exits with injury in Home Debut
  • Puig completes 3 run comeback in the 9th
  • Adrian Gonzalez returns from DL
  • Puig’s diving catch
  • Taylor collects 4 hits
  • Dodgers acquire Curtis Grandson
  • Joc Pederson is sent down
  • Bellinger injures ankle

Injury Update:
Yu Darvish (lower back) placed 10-day DL
Cody Bellinger (mid right ankle sprain) day-to-day
Grant Dayton (neck stiffness) Shut down indefinitely
Andre Ether (lower back) Sent on Double-A assignment
Clayton Kershaw (lower back) Threw simulated game 8/21

Player of the Week: Austin Barnes
He doesn’t get talked about all that much being a backup catcher, but, geez what a hitter.

Week Twenty Puig:

You got, “Clutch Puig!”

Puig has always been such a polarizing players, and his play has been so inconsistent that we created this feature to comment on which Puig was showing up on any given week. But for the most part 2017 has been consistent. 2017 doesn’t hit for a high average (a pretty modest .251) but he does walk and good for a .337 OBP. He hits for power, an aspect that’s been missing from his game the last two seasons. He still possess an above average arm, and his defense is now among the top in the outfield. But one of the biggest changes visible in his game this year is the quality of his at bats, particularly in high leverage situations.There aren’t as many pop ups or strike outs or aggressive swings at breaking balls away. That improvement was paid off in his at bat on the 9th on Wednesday. Quality at bats put hitters in a better position to succeed, and the more often a hitter does so, the more you come up with moments like this:

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, center, watches his two-run double off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka, left, in the ninth inning that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 win in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Statistically Puig is actually just around average in high leverage situations, but that is still a huge improvement, and one I’ll gladly take.

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