After James Loney doubles up Andre Ethier in the bottom of the 8thinning with the score tied 3-3, Matt Kemp patiently worked the count to 3-2 and waited for his pitch. Patiently! Easy… Then BOOM! HR by the Bison who is becoming an Animal. The Bison scored all 4 Dodger runs to dis-mantle the Astros single-handedly. Kemp is now hittng.321 witha.385 OB% and if he were to really heat up could be pushing 30 HR by year-end. He is figuring it out and is getting better every month. After hitting .292 in May, he hit .305 in Juneand is hitting .417 since July 1st. Isn’t is incredible to watch these young guys blossom? See, this is how you really build a team – by bringing up youngsters from the farm system and mixing in a few strategic free agents. When you gut the farm to get a guy like Halladay, you risk it all.
I am with Brooklyn Dodger on this one: Bat Matt Kemp 3rd, Manny 4th and Andre 5th!
Kuroda still looks like he is totally out of sync. His velocity seems fine. His control isn’t horrible, but his release point is way off and he appears to use a slightly different windup each pitch. He is totally out of whack!
According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, the Dodgers are considering activating Hong-Chih Kuo. He says he’s fine and if he is, he could be a real help.
Jason Schmidt starts against the Reds today I always felt he’d start this year, but I won’t even predict how he will do. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets bombed… or pitches 7 innings of shut-out ball. I have no idea! Torre says his velocity is “not what it once was.” Does that mean 91 or 87? If he can get over 90, he might be effective. The thing is, Jason Schmidt could have just given up. It’s been over two years since he’s pitched in the majors, but he has endured two surgeries, multiple rehabs, simulated and minor league games. He has worked his butt of. So when a cynical fan says “He’s toast, forget him,” I’m inclined to say “you have no clue.” Jason Schmidt used to be a fireballer and now he’ll have to re-invent himself – can he do it? I don’t know, but I’ll be rooting for the guy all the way. Tonight will be an emotional night for him and it may be difficult for him to keep his emotions in check at the start of the game. EVERY DODGER FANS SHOULD DROP THE CYNICISM AND BE ROOTING FOR HIM – WE NEED JASON SCHMIDT TO DO WELL!
Jon Broxton Broxton looked good in blowing the Astros away in the 9th.
Andre Ethier’s swing was noticeably more compact yesterday.
Tony Abreu is playing everyday at AAA, and has steadily been raising his batting average, which is now .297. There’s still hope…
James McDonald, Josh Bell, Andrew Lambo, Josh Bell and Ivan DeJesus, Jr. for Roy Halladay – That’s my final offer!
Xavier Paul should be back in 2-3 weeks.
O-Dog hurt his surgically repaired wrist. Of course, he’ll say he’s OK. We will have to wait and see.
Frank McCourtdied yesterday. NO! not THAT Frank McCourt. The other one…