With Matt Kemp out for the season and Andre Ethier’s bum
ankle likely limiting him to pinch-hitting duties in the National League
Division Series, the Dodgers are going to need someone to pick up the offensive
slack in the playoffs.
It’s easy to call on Hanley Ramirez, who’s been the best he’s
ever been this season. But even greatness has its limit.
Adrian Gonzalez was once elite, but those days are behind
him. It’d be nice for him to get that
hot for a few weeks, but it’s also something that can’t be counted on.
Yasiel Puig is great, but he struggled in September to the
tune of a .214 batting average. However, as Chad Moriyama rightly points out,
it might not be such a bad thing. And as Mike Petriello pointed out, Puig is
prone to bounce back from slumps.
Those are the Dodgers’ three best hitters in October (not
named Zack Greinke, I suppose), but the key for the Dodgers is Carl Crawford.
Crawford was once a dynamic player, posting...