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Most of the guys the Dodgers got from the Red Sox last year are doing great

May 28, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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The Dodgers have stumbled along lately, but their first baseman is finding his groove.

Adrian Gonzalez went 4 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI in the Dodgers win over the Angels last night. Over his last three games, he’s gone 9 for 11 with three walks, two homers, three doubles, seven RBI and six runs scored. On the season he’s up to .337/.395/.515 with six homers.

Probably worth noting that Carl Crawford is hitting .308/.369/.467 as well. And heck, Nick Punto is hitting .327/.413/.404 and has been a godsend given all of the Dodgers’ infield injuries.

So while a lot of people want to talk about the Dodgers’ struggles being a function of “high priced talent not gelling” or one not being able to “throw a bunch of All-Stars together” or however I’ve heard that concept put on multiple occasions recently, two of the three big pieces from that trade with the Red Sox last year, and the one little piece, are doing quite nicely, thank you. It’s almost as if the Dodgers’ problems are mostly a function of the complementary pieces and the guys who were there before.

  1. Marty McKee - May 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Three consecutive Red Sox stories preceded by Mets/Yankees. #eastcoastbias

    • dwrek5 - May 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      It’s not even 7am on the west coast yet. #chillax

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      An article about the Phillies closer, an article about the Indians manager, then an article about the Dodgers. Yea….get off the Red Sox already

      • number42is1 - May 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        That made me laugh, thank you!

    • Marty McKee - May 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Geez, you guys have a terrible sense of humor.

  2. aceshigh11 - May 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Maybe so, but…Gonzalez power stroke continues to be MIA, and where Crawford’s stolen base totals continue to be way down.

    I’m not nitpicking…hitting .338 and .307 respectively speak for themselves. They’re doing very well and good for them, but they’re not performing as they were billed.

    Clearly Gonzalez’ shoulder issue has transformed him into more of a contact, singles/doubles guy, and no one could expect Crawford’s speed to hold up as he entered his 30s.

    Add in their mercurial personalities, and believe me…no Red Sox fan is reconsidering the wisdom of that trade.

    • sabatimus - May 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Maybe Beckett is the trump card, since Mattingly remains on the hot seat.

      • aceshigh11 - May 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        True…no discussion of that trade is complete without Beckett.

        But still…it was clear Gonzalez and Crawford wanted out of Boston. It was the best thing for all involved parties.

    • skeleteeth - May 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      “..no Red Sox fan is reconsidering the wisdom of that trade.”

      The real wisdom would have come with not signing Crawford in the first place. And really, how does Gonzalez being merely a gap hitter now so detract his value if he’s not stroking homers? He’s hitting .387 against lefties, .452 wirh RISP, and .688 with RISP + 2 outs. His away splits are down but it’s May and if you recall, he had better numbers away versus home when he was in SD so that doesn’t really mean anything considering home isn’t Colorado.

      Gonzalez may not have been the leader people thought he could be in Boston (no idea where that notion even came from) but he would always possess the bat and glove to more than adequately make up for the asking price to acquire. Things have worked out for both sides thus far but I still feel dumping him was a mistake.

      • aceshigh11 - May 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        I’m not saying his value has detracted because he’s not smacking home runs, but it’s still a big change from his Padres days.

        He’s clearly very skilled and he’s adjusted nicely following his shoulder issues.

        I just couldn’t see him staying in Boston. He’s a West Coast guy and he never seemed happy there from Day One.

  3. unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    The one sputtering big piece of course? Josh Beckett. All of the post facto data seems to point in his direction as the one true vessel of the Curse of the Beer and Fried Chicken. The Dodgers will never win until they excommunicate him. Exile is insufficient, no Isle of Elba could ever hold him.

    (Bobby V. looks up from his Leo Mazzone-like rocking and twitching in his office at Sacred Heart University and says “Uh-huh, told you so.”)

  4. andreweac - May 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    The existing players somehow lost the Willingness to Win when the ringleader of the fried chicken brigade and others showed up.

    • sabatimus - May 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Goose: “uhHAWHAWHAWHAWHAW…ah, jesus, ah you kill me, you really do…”

    • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Fried chicken grease is the natural enemy of grit, my friend.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Have we learned nothing from the Tony Romo incident 6 years ago?

        http://www.theonion.com/articles/tony-romo-regrets-eating-greasy-fried-chicken-duri,5553/

      • pharmerbrown - May 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Fried chicken and grits pair nicely, actually.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Don’t I know it. Of course grits pair well with lots of things. I like a runny fried egg on top of grits too.

  5. elmo - May 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    The Dodgers real problems have been injuries, the bullpen, and lack of production from Matt Kemp.

  6. ramrene - May 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Thank goodness for the red Dodgers (the former Red Sox players) because the blue Dodgers suck! Kemp is hitting around .260 and .160 with men in scoring position while Ethier is hitting around .240 and .130 with men in scoring position. The original Dodgers are pulling this team down. The team may be in last place but it’s still in a position to do something about it and it’s all because of the new red Dodgers.

    Thank you Boston!

    • Jack Marshall - May 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Sure, you’re not liable for all those millions of dollars. Even modest benefits look wonderful when you don’t have to worry about the costs.

  7. turdfurgerson68 - May 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    As a Red Sox fan glad to see that Gonzo, Crawford, Punto are all doing well (and no ill-will towards Beckett). Hopefully they continue their rediscovered success in LA.

    Even if Webster and De La Rosa don’t make an impact in Boston, the Sox still benefited from this trade. Lotta players just can’t handle all the bullshit that comes with playing in Boston (i.e., the whiny bitch media which actively tries to stir up/create controversy).

    Still hard to fathom how Cherington pulled this off…or why the Dodgers would make this trade (yes the new, giant TV deal, I know).

    • cartographer0 - May 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Does the name Ned Colletti mean anything to you?

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Actually,Sox fans should thank Ruben Amaro in Pilly.

        Dodgers claimed Cliff Lee on waviers and offered to trade for both Lee AND (an injured) Ryan Howard. Unbelievably, Amaro TURNED DOWN that trade!

  8. baseballbum - May 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Dont even go there. Just look at their records. De La Rosa hasnt even played in the bigs yet and he has ENORMOUS potential. Josh Beckett is hurt and hasnt won a game yet this year. And Adrian Gonzales is no longer a 40 homer (or even 30 homer) a year player. Carl Crawford has issues with making important outs in the outfield. The Redsox are becoming an exciting team to watch again.

  9. Jack Marshall - May 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Really, Craig, so what? Neither of the two big pieces are doing 20+ million a year great, and the third, Beckett, is 0-5 and injured. Crawford’s long-term contract results so far still are two awful seasons and one third of a good one. You make those huge long term deals knowing that you’ll be over-paying at the end…if the beginning isn’t so hot either, the contract’s a bust. Meanwhile, Gonzalez, who got his deal on the assumption that he would be a lock for 40 homers a year, is now an under-30 guy. That’s not “great,’ especially when coupled with his, “Eh, what will be will be,” California Dreaming attitude.

    It would have been a winning trade for the Red Sox if they had just dumped the contracts and got nothing else in return. As time goes on, this will just be more and more obvious.

  10. greatusername - May 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Maybe the Dodgers should throw that “B” back on their hats.

  11. psousa1 - May 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Great. Good for them. Hope they all have long successful careers. But as a Sox fan it is obvious one of the reasons why the Sox are doing as well as they are is because Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett and Valentine are gone.

    The team got a heart transplant

  12. bowltr - May 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    And yet the Dodgers are still in last place…………must be God’s will huh Agon?

  13. davidpom50 - May 31, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Red Sox fans confuse me. As a Dodger fan, I’m THRILLED with the results of this trade. We replaced the worst starting 1st baseman in baseball with a guy who’s raking. We replaced a black hole of suckitude in left field with the lead off hitter we haven’t had in years. Sure, Beckett has struggled, but Punto has been far better than expected. And I’m sad to lose two great pitching prospects like Webster and De La Rosa (especially with all the pitching injuries this year), but the Dodgers were obviously going to have to give up talent to make the trade, and this team still has plenty of starting pitching going forward, with Kershaw, Ryu, Grienke, Billingsley returning next year, and Lee on the farm.

    This deal honestly seems like the rare huge win for BOTH sides, but the Red Sox fans feel the need to disparage the players that left. Just seems like sour grapes.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Not true. Many Sox fans (other than the mental midgets posting here) are happy that they are doing well in LA. All them guys are class acts, contrary to what some posts here allude.

      ALL Sox fans are happy we dumped their contracts (250 mil+) and have extreme payroll flexibility in the coming years.

      win-win for both Boston AND LA.

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