Ned Colletti and company play their cards pretty close to the vest, so usually when the Dodgers make a trade it comes out of nowhere! Boom! Here’s the trade…From what I gather, the Blue Jays are asking the Phillies for AJ Happ, Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown for Halladay. That means that they would ask the Dodgers for Kershaw, Lindblom and Lambo. There’s no way the Phils give up Happ AND Drabek and there’s no way the Dodgers give up Kershaw. The Dodgers could give quantity, not quality, but I suspect the Ned is already looking at Jared Washburn. We could do worse. Cliff Lee? Maybe. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times makes some good points about our need for an ACE today and he also says that Kershaw and Billingsley are non tradable.
This afternoon, Jason Schmidt goes against Chris Volsted, the 6′ 8″ RH. Kevin Baxter of the LA Times has this blurb about Jason Schmidt and how he knows that this could be the end of the line:
Jason Schmidt will be making his second big league start in 25 months this afternoon — which for Schmidt feels a little like living on borrowed time. The three-time All-Star needed two years to come back from shoulder surgeries, so when Torre handed him the ball for the first time Monday, Schmidt brought his family in from Arizona for the game.
“I didn’t know if that was going to be my last game,” he said.
The long rehab got an extra push from the pitcher’s eldest son Mason Tyler, whose T-ball team Schmidt helped coached. After one recent game the 5-year-old told his father that he was really starting to like baseball, to which Schmidt answered, “Now you know why daddy plays baseball.”
“Dad,” said the boy, who had no memory of his father in uniform, “you don’t play baseball.”
“That’s when I told my wife, ‘We’re coming back,’ ” Schmidt said.
Mason Tyler sat restlessly through Schmidt’s last start. And dad hopes he’ll be paying attention again today.
“Every start could be my last start,” Schmidt said. “That’s how we are in this thing.”
LAST NIGHT’S GAME:
- Casey Blake’s laser into right center drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, and got J-Brox his 7th win against no losses. OK, so it wasn’t a laser – it looks like it in the box score!
- If J-Brox can finish out strong he’ll receive major consideration for the Cy Young.
- Kuroda looks to be headed in the right direction – he pitched much better last night.
- Andre Ethier’s demeanor has gone from “deer-in-the-headlights” to “there’s a new sheriff in town.” I like the change!
- Gueey Mota has really been getting it done in middle relief for us. His ERA after 2 scoreless inning last night sits at 3.00. Lots of you (me included) were asking for his release a couple of months ago. I guess the Dodger brass might be smarter than we are ….
- Josh Bell is campaigning to promoted to AAA. He hit his 11th HR last night and drove in 5 RBI’s. He is hitting .297 with a .388 OB% (.888 OPS), with 28 doubles, 11 HR and 50 BB to go with only 68 K’s. He hits 4th for Chattanooga (Lambo is 3rd). Andrew Lambo’s numbers are very similar, except the BA is 30 points lower right now.
- Telling Stat? The Dodgers have won the game on their last at bat 10 times this year – the most in the majors! Never, Never, Never Quit!