Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
Come now Dodgers fans, raise up that chinny-chin chin. Sure, the news coming out of the Dodgers' game Tuesday was of the dark variety.
And it’s a tad tough to be humming “Don’t Worry Baby” over Brian Wilson’s sudden elbow problem. There goes that Wilson in the eighth,
Yep, a rough way to start the season. Hardly fits the "Dodgers conquer the world!" scenario. And expect not a single tear to be shed by followers of any other team.
Still, it's not the end of the Dodgers' baseball world or their season. Reasons for optimism remain. So smile along with a few of these:
Only here they are, still looking sharp and needed. Another young talent, Jose Dominguez, is in the minors and available. The bullpen is so deep the Dodgers had to release former closer Javy Guerra and Seth Rosin, a Rule 5 pick they liked, to start the season.
—The Dodgers have an extra, proven starting pitcher in
It's difficult to know what to anticipate from Beckett (rib removal) and Billingsley (Tommy John) as they return from surgeries, but that still figures as potentially solid depth. Not Kershaw material, but nice to have waiting.
—Kershaw pitched a total of 259 innings last season. That's a lot. Try looking at this as the proverbial blessing in disguise. Would you rather have Kershaw strong and available in April or October?
—The Dodgers have started 3-1 — and, OK, it's only four games, but they've done it with the middle of their lineup MIA.
Three years ago he was one of the best players in the game and he's only 29. He could yet have a huge impact.