Don’t Blame Rich Hill or Dave Roberts for losing the no-hitter

The Dodgers lost to the Pirates 1-0 when Rich Hill gave up the Pirates’ only hit. It just happened to be a Josh Harrison home run. I am sure there are going to be some who say that this loss falls on Dave Roberts for sending Rich Hill out in the tenth inning. The blame lies squarely with the Dodgers hitters who went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

This game should have never gone ten innings. In total, the Dodgers left 25 men on base compared to the one man who got on base for the Pirates. Chase Utley left 5 men on base. Logan Forsythe and Curtis Granderson left 4 men on base. Cory Seager left 3 men on base.

The defense kept things together with some great players by Adrian Gonzalez and Utley. However they could not overcome the lack of hitting.

What Happens to the Dodgers When Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier Come Back?

Adrian Gonzalez will come off the disabled list at some point this weekend. What will happen is Rob Segedin will be sent back to AAA. The real question is what happens to the Dodgers lineup. You know the guys who seemed to play a whole lot better once Adrian took some time off to get healthy.

Keep Adrian on the Bench

The ideal role for Adrian Gonzalez is left-handed pinch hitter off the bench. He is most valuable as a veteran with playoff experience who can come in late in tight playoff games and get a clutch hit.

Do you put Gonzalez Right Back in at First Base?

I have to confess…I am not a fan of putting Adrian back at first base. While Cody Bellinger can play left field, he is and MVP candidate and he is comfortable at first base. While he on his rehabilitation assignment, Adrian Gonzalez was not hitting like an MVP candidate. If Adrian were a right-handed hitter, maybe they could platoon and give Cody some days off since they will probably clinch the division in early September. However this is not the case. If you play Adrian at first base, Bellinger moves to left field and then you have the dilemma of moving Christ Taylor to center field and sitting Joc Pederson. I am not a fan of the Bellinger/Taylor outfield. Love the bats; not sure about the gloves. I know Pederson is not hitting. I would sacrifice the offense to have a solid defense up the middle.

Maybe You Don’t Play Him at All.

Things are going so good and maybe you don’t want to mess it up.

What About Ethier?

A bigger problem exists when Andre Ethier comes off the disabled list. Who do you send to AAA? Fortunately the Chris Hatcher trade didn’t make this an issue for Adrian Gonzalez’s return. However Ethier’s return causes a bigger problem. As things stand, who on the current roster is Andre Ethier more valuable than? I would designate him for assignment if it was my decision.

It’s a Good Time to be a Dodger Fan

With a 8-0win over the Mets on Sunday, the Dodgers have gone 44-7 and had the best 51 game stretch in team history. They have the best record in baseball by a lot and they show no signs of losing steam. They also have best hitter in the NL (Justin Turner) and two Cy Young candidates (Clayton Keyshawn and Alex Wood).

I remember the 42-8 run of 2013 and this team feels so much more special. I am trying not to be blinded by my fanaticism of years past. It is hard. I thought the Dodger teams of the past five years all had what it takes to win the World Series; but they all faced better teams and fell. This team is different. It is inferior to none.

Just like 2013, Yasiel Puig has sparked the team with his play. His play is different this time. It is consistent and disciplined. Those are two words that never described Puig in 2013.

Then there are all the players who make daily contributions like Chris Taylor, Kike Hernandez and Austin Barnes.

This team is truly remarkable.