Bill Shaiken of The LA Times makes a compelling argument for the Dodgers to trade Russell Martin, Lindblom and Gordon (among others) for Roy Halladay. Russell may want to return to his roots. it’s worth considering. I do know that the Dodgers have had scouts at Halliday’s last two games. This is not going away for now. I guess I would do that. Shaiken says that the fact Dodger attendance is down could be a factor in whether the Dodgers will take on more salary. This trade does make sense in that the Blue Jays could justify to their fans that they traded Halladay and brought home Canadian Russell Martin – he’d be a Rock Star there.
RANTS & RAVES
- How long until Matt Kemp actually wins a Gold Glove? I never thought he could play CF on a regular basis, let alone be a Gold Glover, but he’s there. Not many are better than Matt in CF. “The Catch” is one of the best of all time for the Dodgers.
- Andre Ethier has 44 AB in his career with the bases loaded. He has no Grand Slams. Matt Kemp has 42 career AB with the bases loaded and has hit 4 Grand Slams. With the bases loaded, Matt hits a HR every 10.5 AB’s. Andre? So far, it’s 0 for 44. Some players thrive under pressure. Others wilt! Does that tell you anything?
- It looks like Andre is going to hit the 30 HR I predicted (at what BA?).
- Matt Kemp is 16th in the NL in OPS – everyone is front of him is a middle-of-the-order hitter, except Chase Utley (who would be on any other team). That said. we have the best record in baseball and he has over 50 RBI hitting 8th. You can argue that he shouldn’t be hitting 8th, but how can you argue with the results?
- Scott Elbert looked like he is ready for the Show… I think he’ll strictly pitch out of the pen.
- Stults and Kup both pitched well at AAA last night. Stults pitched 6 and K’ed 8, giving up 2 runs.
- I’m having trouble with getting my e-mail at home and so I can’t post Lawdog’s Minor League Reports – I’ll do them all Monday at the office.
- Kershaw goes today – I’d love to see him go 7 socreless against the Brew Crew.
Could we win with this lineup?
- Furcal SS
- Ethier RF
- Manny LF
- Kemp CF
- Loney 1B
- Blake 3B
- Hudson 2B
- Ellis/Ausmus C
Rotation: Halliday, Billingsley, Kershaw, Kuroda, Wolf