(I’ve Got A) Dyslexic Heart

“Do I read you correctly, lead me directly
Help me with this part
Do I hate you? Do I date you?
Do I got a dyslexic Heart?”

~Paul Westerburg

Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor during game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, July 15, 2016 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

It’s only been three games since the second half of the season started, and we seemed to have run the gamut in terms of performances by our beloved Dodgers. A game where the offense explodes, lead by Chris Taylor. A game where the offense does nothing, yet is in the game the whole time thanks to stellar pitching, only to lose in extras. And a game were the pitching is not good, and the offense is not good, until the very end, when it is too little to late.

Let’s talk about Chris Taylor. Taylor, who was acquired through a trade for Zach Lee with the Seattle Mariners, had the game of his life on Friday night, with a double, triple, and his first career home run, a Grand Slam in the sixth inning.

He has a slash line of .286/.375/714 in his last seven games. Taylor had a stellar catch playing second base in Sunday’s game. He can play most infield positions, giving manager Dave Roberts another piece when he needs to rest players. So far, it seems the front office knew what they were doing in this trade.

Brandon McCarthy has been nothing short of great since his return from Tommy John surgery. He is 2-0, with an ERA of 1.69, 22 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 0.75. He allowed no runs in his last outing against Arizona, only giving up three hits and walking none in six innings of work. Hopefully he will be allowed to stretch his innings out in the next few games to give the bullpen more rest.

Adam Liberatore has quietly become the rock star of the Dodgers’ bullpen. The man has not allowed a run since May 18th. He is currently sporting a 0.59 ERA, with 35 strikeouts and a WHIP of  0.82. Liberatore also has made Dodgers history, with 24 straight scoreless appearances.

He, along with Joe Blanton, are great pieces in the bullpen. A pitcher or two may need to be replaced, but overall the bullpen is having a great season.

The offense was where it should be in Friday’s contest. Saturday was a sad state of affairs. Sunday, the offense should have done much better against the Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray, but rallied in the late innings. Unfortunately, it was not enough.

Best part of the weekend — Yasiel Puig‘s “Vin Scully” cleats.

The Dodgers have a travel day Monday and then face the first place Washington Nationals, who are coming off an 18-inning, 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Scott Kazmir is slated to go against Reynaldo Lopez in the opener.  Hopefully the Dodgers will not continue the trend of lethargic first East Coast road trip games, and have another offensive outpouring like Friday night.

 

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