Now, let’s go a step further. If Juan Pierre keeps up his current pace and Andre Ethier keeps up his, when Manny comes back, what happens? In reality, Matt Kemp could go to RF, Juan Pierre to CF and Manny to LF. Don’t laugh – it could happen, if Juan continues his torrid pace. It might be different if Raffy were having his usual year, but he is hardly suitable leadoff material at the present time. Keeping Juan out of the lineup when Manny returns may be impossible.
We just didn’t hit the ball much and neither did the Cubs, but good pitching usually stops good hitting. Brent Leach is looking more and more comfortable on the mound. Billingsley pitched out of several jams and Joe showed his confidence when he left him in with the bases loaded in the 7th inning. The Dodgers had their chances, but with 5 hit and 5 errors, they just couldn’t string enough walks and key hits together. Matt Kemps HR was the only highlight offensively. Andre Ethier did get a 2-out hit in the 9th, but Loretta couldn’t get the hit that would have drove him in. Even if you are a Dodger fan, it is inspiring to hear the Cubs fans sign after the game “The Cubs are Gonna Win Toady.”