Joe Posnanski notes that the Dodgers Matt Kemp has more walks than any player on the Kansas City Royals:
…. Brilliant reader Preston sent in this gem. David DeJesus leads the Kansas City Royals with 46 walks. That is one behind Los Angeles’ Matt Kemp, who has 47 walks. OK … so what’s the big deal?
Here’s the big deal: Matt Kemp is EIGHTH on the Dodgers in walks. Eighth.
Which means that EVERY SINGLE PLAYER in the Dodgers starting lineup (with the exception of the pitcher, of course) has more walks than ANY player on the Kansas City Royals.
Well, you all know where I’m going here….
Pablo Sandoval leads the Giants with 42 walks. So, not only does every single player in the Dodgers starting lineup have more walks than any Giants player, so does a player from the woeful Kansas City Royals.
I’d mention that our sweep of the Rockies ten days ago really got both teams going in different directions, but you’d never guess which team was the one that got swept:
…. The Rockies down the Reds 5-1, finishing a 9-1 home stand. According to the broadcast, that’s their best home stand ever. The Giants went 4-5 in this stretch, losing 4 1/2 games in the wild card race after sweeping the Rockies in San Francisco. Colorado now returns to SF with a 4 1/2 game lead in the playoff race, the Giants needing another sweep to get back in the running.
First, the Giants get to play the Dodgers, then the Rockies, and the Dodgers again, so basically, we need to go something like 7-2 over the next nine to have any chance whatsoever. Maybe we should give this guy some at bats? All he’s done in 115 games so far this season is run out a staggeringly powerful 31 doubles, 18 home runs, 62 walks –or, need I remind you, more than any player on the big club– and a blast-off .325/.416/.531 .947 OPS line.
Maybe it would help if a player like this was available to take some at bats away from the out-makers that completely dominate any lineup Bochy has used all fucking season long.