This was exactly the type of weekend series that the Dodgers needed to assert their dominance and let the entire world of baseball know that they are the team to beat. The National League and their fans are quickly becoming aware that Mookie Betts was the best player in the American League and the Red Sox letting him walk out of town because of a few dollars might be the new curse of the bambino. Mookie put the Dodgers on his back in the second game of the series and he hit a game tying home-run to force extra innings and then finished that off with a go-ahead single in the extra frames. Betts is currently hitting .314 with 8 bombs and 19 RBI’s and missed a couple of games with a swollen hand.
In addition, the Dodgers pitching staff has been absolutely electric, especially closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen came in with runners on base to face Mike Trout, the best player of a generation and got him looking on three cutters to secure the victory on Saturday night. The Dodgers are the only team in baseball that have not lost a series yet this year and slowly but surely the Dodgers are extending their lead in the NL West over the fraud Rockies.
On Friday night, the Dodgers most consistent and determined starter, a man by the name of Clayton Kershaw took another step closer to the post-season and finally exercising the playoff demons that have been the only blemish on this future hall of famer’s career. The bookends of this series, were the definition of what the Dodgers thought their season would be, a ton of offense, solid starting pitching and a lockdown bullpen. After the weekend sweep the Dodgers improve to 16-7 and have a four-game series upcoming against one of the worst teams in all of baseball, the Seattle Mariners. After the meeting with the Mariners, the Dodgers will have their clash with Colorado in what could be a series that plays a pivotal role in determining if the Dodgers will win their eighth straight NL West Division Championship.
The biggest news of the weekend, the Dodgers have found the future behind home plate, it is time to move on from the Austin Barnes puke show and move Will Smith to the bench or trade him. Keibert Ruiz showed up and made a splash this weekend, the long awaited call-up of this catching prospect is finally here and the Dodgers fanbase is ready to rejoice.
There was a slight blip on the confidence radar earlier in the year but I have completely drank the Kool-Aid in terms of the Dodgers championship aspirations. If this season gets completed, I do believe the Dodgers will be the World Champions. This is just the beginning of a multi-championship ten year run for this organization. It is going to be special to watch Betts, Bellinger, Seager, Ruiz, Buehler, Urias, May and Gonsolin for the next decade in Dodger blue.
RANDY!!! HIT THE MUSIC!