As of this writing the L.A. Dodgers are 65-67. This is not all because they have pitching problems. While it's true they do have major question marks with their rotation and the bullpen and also do not have a "closer," their biggest concern should be their anemic line-up. Currently they do have pieces missing, such as Andruw " batting .161" Jones and Rafael "can't stay healthy" Furcal." Of course, everyone expected the Dodgers to instantly become a better team offensively with the arrival of Manny Ramirez, but things don't always fall into place as we would like. Even though Manny has done his part, the Dodgers would probably be 7 or 8 games out without him. Since Mannys arrival the team is 11-13 and that includes the 4 game sweep by the Phillies and last nights loss to the Nationals.
You can't really blame Torre and his staff too much for this downward spiral. As I watch the Dodger games, I see that they do not do the little things to score runs. I see no bunting to get a runner in scoring position. I know some will say "you can't ask Ramirez, Kemp, Loney...etc to bunt." I say, "why not." The bottom line is scoring runs and everyone on the team should learn to do it properly, not just the pitcher. I constantly see hitters swinging at the first pitch. Make the pitchers throw as many pitches as possible.
Here's an example of why the Dodgers (players) need to get their offense in gear, or they will once again be on the outside looking in. In last nights game the Dodgers hit into 4 double plays. Twice they had bases loaded with 0 outs and managed to score 1 run on a sacrifice fly. In their last 5 games they have scored 6 runs while their opponents collectively scored 29. That is not going to get the job done. Ask Derek Lowe how he feels after pitching a complete game and getting the loss, because his teammates gave him 1 run support.
Solution: Performance! Talk is cheap and having close door meetings is not going to get the job done. If that was true teams would have meetings everyday. They need to start hitting in a timely manner, which means when runners are in scoring position. Ten hits will mean nothing if you're not scoring runs. Also in the off-season they definitely need to upgrade their bench. Currently they have the likes of Sweeney .143, Berroa .220, Ardoin .235....etc, not won't be the job done.
Okay, let hear all your opinions, I know you have them. Thanks!