Most Dodger fans want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. “Everybody sucks, get a new team. We should have traded for Lee and Halladay. I knew this would happen, blah, blah, blah.” Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLa.com puts it all in perspective:
Before you go throwing dirt on a club with a 5½ game lead in it’s division for losing 11 of their last 17 games, let’s look at some other teams in recent years and their worst 17-game stretches:
- 2009 Dodgers: One 6-11 stretch, one 7-10 stretch
- 2008 World Champion Phillies: Three 5-12 stretches, seven 6-11 stretches, and eight 7-10 stretches
- 2007 World Champion Red Sox: Three 7-10 stretches
- 2006 World Champion Cardinals: Three 4-13 stretches, six 5-12 stretches, fifteen 6-11 stretches, and twenty-one 7-10 stretches
- 2005 World Champion White Sox: Six 6-11 stretches, and twelve 7-10 stretches
- 2004 World Champion Red Sox: Four 6-11 stretches, and five 7-10 stretches
- 2003 World Champion Marlins: Two 4-13 stretches, three 5-12 stretches, ten 6-11 stretches, and seven 7-10 stretches
- 2002 World Champion Angels: Four 5-12 stretches, three 6-11 stretches, and one 7-10 stretch
- 2001 World Champion D-Backs: Two 6-11 stretches, and twenty-four 7-10 stretches
- 2000 World Champion Yankees: Two 3-14 stretches, one 4-13 stretch, four 5-12 stretches, eight 6-11 stretches, and sixteen 7-10 stretches
In other words, it’s sort of like a Mutual Fund “Past performance may not be indicative of future results.”
So, take your Prosac, Jack Daniels or Ex-Lax and “Unlax Doc!” This too shall pass. Baseball is a game of steaks. It’s a long season and there will be bumps in the road, and as the Phillies demonstrated last year, it’s how you finish that counts! We’ve got about 48 games to go. Kensai of Memories of Kevin Malone also has a good take on this.
RANTS & RAVES
- Raffy has did better since the All-Star Break in batting average (.256 before/.286 after) , but his OB % remains nearly the same (.331 before/.333 after). He is no longer a threat to steal and needs to be moved out of that spot. Candidates to lead off: Martin .377 OB%, Kemp .375 OB%, Hudson .362 OB% It starts at the top. Juan Pierre was getting on base the 50 games Manny was out. Raffy is still a good player. He plays a good SS and he still is a .265 t .275 hitter (it appears) – he’s just not a leadoff hitter anymore. If he could steal 60 bases, maybe you’d put up with a .333 OB% (maybe not), but as it stands, he’s better at #7 or #8.
- Mark Loretta is struggling mightily! I’m sure something on his body hurts. DL him and call Tony Abreu back. The fact that he’s a switch-hitter gives us options. Get ‘er done!
- For your information, in July and August each year, the Dodger Brass pulls their young minor league pitchers after 3 or 4 innings, so as to minimize injury on their young arms. They started this a couple of years ago after some arm problems. It remains to be seen if this will be successful. I know that several other organizations are looking at the same thing .
- If Billingsley isn’t able to go Wednesday, then Scott Elbert has to be the choice. I think the Dodgers should send Stults and Weaver to AAA tomorrow and recall Wade and Lindblom. Then bring Weaver back a day or two later. Rotate those pitchers.
- James Loney will end up hitting near .300 – mark my words. A few weeks ago, Blake couldn’t buy a hit Either. Ditto with Manny – this shall pass!
- Here’s a good Minor League Recap at ThinkBluLa.com
- What up with Mota and Troncoso? Do they need a vacation? Maybe.
- Kensai of Memories of Kevin Malone has a good update on some farmhands.
- Two pitchers the dodgers may be looking at are Smoltz (what would be different than the way he pitched in Boston?) and Padilla (can someone on the Dodgers pull his head out of his butt?). I’m not impressed with either one.
- Now, we need to open a can of WhoopAss on the Giants!