It was all going great for the Dodgers… until they got to San Francisco. A 12-6 loss to the Giants up in the Bay Area brought the Dodgers back down to earth yesterday.
They were coming off three consecutive shutout wins against the San Diego Padres, a scoreless streak that tied a Major League record for the start of a season.
The Blue Crew looks pretty good so far in 2016. But it’s a small sample size – and there are a lot of questions facing the club as it tries to win its fourth consecutive National League West title, and it’s first World Series in more than a quarter century.
Pitching is a major issue, both the starting kind and the bullpen variety. And then there’s Yasiel Puig. The young Cuban outfielder has the tools to be a superstar, but last year he failed to live up to the promise he showed at the start of his career in Los Angles. He’s also had his share of issues off the field.
Molly Knight, author of the book “The Best Team Money Can Buy,” and a former writer for ESPN the Magazine, says Puig has been doing everything right this year.
“Two things are a fantastic sign for the Dodgers,” says Knight, “Number one, there were no headlines about anything pertaining to his attitude, anything that happened off the field,” she says. “There was no drama in spring training. He just showed up, did his stuff, you know, didn’t get their late, didn’t agitate anyone and worked hard. And then he’s hitting the ball really, really hard, like he did when he first came up.”
Here’s more from Molly Knight: