In addition to franchise philosophy, the mere expectation of “going all in” for a World Series Championship at the deadline is as all Dodger fans should know by now-quite frankly asinine.
If the last two attempts at the World Series haven’t taught us anything by now, we’ll never learn. Yu Darvish and Manny Machado were cancerous for the Dodgers. Darvish folded like a cheap suit the moment any pressure came his direction. And Manny Machado acted like a listless teenager whose daddy had taken away his driving and phone privileges for the summer.
In fact, given the chemistry that both teams (2017 & 2018) had before acquiring Machado and Darvish, it makes one wonder just how well we would’ve done without those two.
The 2019 Dodgers have been a force of nature this season. The Dodgers didn’t need another lefty bullpen arm because they’ve been winning all season long without an effective one. Plus the club did acquire a lefty arm in Adam Kolarek.
Time will undoubtedly prove his value but I cannot imagine a scenario where Adam Kolarek will hurt us more than Yu Darvish and/or Manny Machado did.