- Do you remember Harvey’s Wallbangers? They had nothing on Joe’s Wallbangers!
- That wasn’t a “soft” Grand Slam by Kemp. It was pressure-packed, because he saw Broxton (the Arsonist) was in the pen, and he knew the Dodgers would need those runs.
- Everyone seems to think that the Dodgers need another starter… and maybe they do, but if Jason Schmidt notches another good start, he will get an opportunity to start for the Dodgers before the trade deadline. Eric Stults will be healthy in a few weeks. Before Ned pulls the trigger, he will want to be certain that our starting pitching solution is not “in house,” so I don’t look for any dope-fiend moves by him. I fully expect to see Jason Schmidt start a game for the Dodgers within the next two weeks.
- Yes, Roy Halliday would be nice, but I can’t see it happening. It’s really not prudent to re-sign a pitcher that old. Just my opinion…
- I also think we could see Ned pick up another reliever, and a LH one would be nice. How about George Sherrill? Scott Elbert and another prospect or two could pry him away from Baltimore. He would look nice in our pen. I can’t see Ohman being a factor thus year.
- It was speculated that Manny Ramirez might sue the doctor who prescribed the female fertility drug found in his system, but according to ESPN.com writer, TJ Quinn, that doctor emphatically denied that he ever prescribed ANYTHING for Manny. Could it be that this is not over yet?
- I don’t think we’ll see Belisario again until Mid-August.
- Manny Ramirez tied Mickey Mantle for 15th on the All-Time HR list.
- Let’s not forget that Doug Mientkiewicz will most likely be back by Early August. He’s a key piece for us. Watch his rehab.
- Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley have more walks than any two other starters. No surprise!
- Carlos Santana is hitting .266 at AA for the Indians. Maybe he’s not Superman after all!
- Ken Gurnick reports that Eric Miltons’ back is very painful and not to expect him back soon.
- For those of you who pine for Derek Lowe, read what Jon Weisman says about him and his replacement(s):
Former Dodger Derek Lowe is scheduled to start tonight for Atlanta in Colorado. Here’s a comparison between Lowe and those who took his place:
Derek Lowe: 18 starts, 106 2/3 innings, 5.93 innings/start, 4.56 ERA, 92 ERA+
Randy Wolf: 19 starts, 114 2/3 innings, 6.03 innings/start, 3.45 ERA, 121 ERA+
Dodger No. 5 starters: 22 starts, 102 innings, 4.63 innings/start, 4.76 ERA, 89 ERA+ (approx.)
Lowe would have been an asset so far and possibly even more so as 2009 progresses, but considering the Braves had to commit $60 million to sign him through 2012, it’s hard to fault the Dodgers for not retaining him. (Not that many have really brought his name up in a while.)
- It turns out that we really do not miss D-Lowe at all! $60 mil? Please!
- Jeff Weaver will start todays’ game.