Like most baseball fans, I like stats, but there is something I like even more. It’s something that can’t be measured. There are guys you would have a beer with, and guys you would go to war with. They may be the same guy. They may be another guy. There are players in every sport who always seem to step up in the clutch, There are teams who have developed a “culture” of this. What we cannot quantify is the “Power Of The Human Spirit.” Some people get lemons and in life and never come back. Others get lemons and make lemonade. Some people never, never, never give up! Others never really try for fear of failure. Some players are blessed with exceptional talent, other are blessed with exceptional “junkyard dogism.”
The Rockies made the Dodgers look really bad for a 16 innings, shutting them out, but like a bunch of junkyard dogs, the Dodgers kept gnawing until they broke through. With the score knotted at Gooseeggs, Brad Ausmus singled and the Dodgers brought a fomer All-Star who can’t buy a hit, but who can still run, in to do just that. Next, they rolled out another former All-Star who also has had issues hitting and Raffy promptly drove Russell Martin home with the winning run. JUNKYARD DOGISM! Let’s not forget that Dodger pitchers fanned 38 Rockies in the 3 game series – that’s almost 13 a game! Again, the junkyard dogs did what that had to do to win and when Manny returns we will be sitting on 50 wins. We are the best team in baseball. It is what it is. We are getting one of the best RH bats back on Friday. We know what that will do for us, but never underestimate the power of JUNKYARD DOGISM! Junkyard dogs may not be pretty, but they can be pretty effective! We just took the series form the what was the hottest team in baseball. I may have to develop a new stat: “JD-Factor.”
RANTS & RAVES
- With Manny back, I wouldn’t advise Andre Ethier or Matt Kemp to go into an extended slump (you’ve got someone worthy looking over your shoulder).
- Jason Schmidt followed up his last AAA outing with another good one last night. He got the win to go 2-0 with 6 string innings. He allowed 4 ER, struck out 5, but most importantly, he wwalked ZERO. It sounds like he is getting his control back.
- Choi is at 1.90 ER at AAA. In 23 IP, he has 35 K’s.
- Cory Wade pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a run. I still say he has arm issues.
- It’s good to see Tony Abreu back batting leadoff in AAA – can he finally stay healthy? We know he can hit.
- In Scott Elbert’s second minor league start, he got hammered: 5 IP/10 H/ 6 ER/1 BB/ 6 K’s
- Kyle Russell now has 18 HR to go with his 58 RBI at Great Lakes.
- Mitch Jones has been optioned back to AAA to make room for Manny. Too bad for Mitch. He’s a class guy. Come to think of it, he is a junkyard dog!