It is important to note that although we trounced them already we still have to beat our division and arch rivals again tonight! In a reversal of fortunes from Monday’s opposing pitcher, Matt Cain is tonight’s started and is 0-6 in 11 carreer starts against DD (Dem Dodgers :-)). So as “stats” would tell us, we have a good shot at making it 0-7. Not because of history but rather because of, dare I say it, DESTINY. Clayton Kershaw toes the rubber tonight and that has me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Kershaw pitched well in his 2009 debut against the Padres, except he ran his pitch count up over 100 by the fifth inning! He will try to avoid that and stay on the current pace of 7 innings from our starter. Our staff HAS to pitch aggressively and pitch as if we have a 7-0 lead. They HAVE to do that everytime out! Bills commented that he felt alot better with the lead and that allowed him to challenge hitters and be more aggressive.
Well then Bills, you need to pitch that way with that mindset more often!! And I think that goes for all of our outstanding young arms. Trust your stuff and go after people, that is what most likely got you here so stick with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of these walks, high pitch counts, and early exits by our young guys so far is indicative of the idea that they are not being aggressive enough in the strike zone.
Andre Ethier OWNS Matt Cain and owns may be an understatement… 16 for 27 with a double and a triple for a .593 average. And Matt Cain OWNS Orlando Hudson who is 0-fer-18. Furcal is batting .368 and Kemp .316 lifetime against Cain. So let’s watch out for another potential offensive explosion tonight.
Some baseball notes:
- Pee wee the Pirate, Argh! The Dodgers traded switch-hitting outfielder Delwyn Young to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for two players to be named later or cash considerations. I’m told cash considerations typically amount to about $50,000.
- The way I see it…. Broxton closes, Wade and Kuo are his primary setup guys, Ohman the lefty specialist, Belisario the primary 6th inning guy with Mota filling in when needed, and Troncoso the long man. But when Hiroki comes back McDonald slips into Troncoso’s spot which lands him in AAAA Albaquacky.
- Reports are that X Nady is out for the season! Paging Mr. Swisher, Mr. Swisher to the triage unit please.
- Favortie post so far this season, 55 Reasons to Hate the Giants. I commented there with a couple of my own reasons, check it out.