Don’t even get me started about yesterdays’ decisions on pitching, because I am sure that Joe Torre has a pet chimp named Bonzo whom Joe allowed to make all the pitching decisions. After all, monkeys throwing darts at the stock pages is how Joe picks his stock portfolio, isn’t it? That’s what it was – no big deal. Bonzo will get better… But, now it’s Bedtime for Bonzo!
Dodgers 18 Hits 7 Runs
Padres 6 Hits- 6 Runs
We should have to forfeit that victory, with the way we failed to score more runs on 18 hits and the way Brox just handed it to them. The Giants scored 13 runs on Friday on a lot less hits.
The big offenders: Loney. Martin and Ethier. Now, James homered for the winning run, but these 3 guys in the middle of the order were horrid!
Batting Averages: Ethier-.250/Martin-.248/Billingsley-.242 – C-Bill might be the best of the three before the season is over.
Billingsley should have 12 wins! THE PEN HAS BLOWN 3 OF HIS STARTS!
Jon Broxton threw 38 pitches – 37 fastballs and 1 change up. That is felony stupid! The physical giant (mental midget) handed them the game (they just didn’t take it all the way). After the game, Broxton said “I didn’t have it.” obviously referring to brains, because he was throwing 102!
Juan Pierre 4-7 – He just shuts up and plays! I can’t tell you how much I admire him.
Raffy is looking better every game.
I am loathe to give up Andrew Lambo (in a trade for Lannan I mentioned yesterday) because I think he is going to be a fine player, but I do want to point out one thing about Lannan: He would benefit immensely with the Dodgers defense behind him instead of the Nationals.
I think some of you don’t understand what I mean by “soft” hits. I absolutely agree that all hits are important. It would be absurd to think otherwise, but do you actually think Chase Headley felt the same pressure when he hit the HR off Billinglsey to lead off the inning as Cabrera did with the bases loaded and the Padres behind by 2 runs? Cabrera knew that a hit by him could tie or win the game. THAT IS PRESSURE! Now in the scheme of things, the Padres would not have tied the game had Headley not hit that HR to lead off the 9th, but at the time he hit it, it was a non-pressure situation (behind 6-1) and he had no way of knowing the Padres would come back. Cabrera’s hit had pressure written all over it and during his AB, you could see the determination in he eyes. I do not call the HR itself “soft” – I call the situation it was hit in “soft.” However there was nothing soft about the situation during which the last few Padres got hits.
Old friend Edwin Jackson made the All-Star team – Good for him. It was a long road, be he seems to have finally arrived, 5 years later!
I didn’t get to post it yesterday, but most of you know that Eric Milton (same back injury) was DL’ed and Blake DeWitt re-called (leading to more speculation on my part about O-Dog’s wrist). I know we need a LH pinch hitter. Het when is Doug M coming back? I call him Doug M because I can’t spell Mientkiewicz.
Weaver will probably take Milton’s spot in the rotation – Jeff is 5-2 and has been an excellent find for the Dodgers.
The plain and simple reason Manny is not playing much is that his legs (hamstrings) are sore, mostly because of his poor attitude towards his minor league assignments. He simply begged out or begged off. He could have been in much better shape, had he taken his rehab seriously. The Dodgers have done an excellent job of keeping it quiet, but Manny hacked off a lot of people at the minor league level with his attitude. Not cool.
Lucas May has quietly gotten his batting average up to .301 at Chattanooga (which is a pitchers league). He was sick most of last year and is now back on the Dodgers’ radar!
Adnrew Lambo was 3-5 yesterday with his 8th HR and 5 RBI. His BA is up to .275 at Chattanooga.
Vote early, vote often, Vote the Bison onto the All-Star Team – Stuff those ballot boxes! Want to vote more than what is legal? Check with ACORN, they can help you vote as much as needed.
Off day today and they need it.
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When you see the invisible, you can do the impossible!