As usual, the Dodgers outhit their competition… AND LOST! Earl Weaver called it the power of the 3-Run HR. WE haven’t had many of those lately, but I think you will be seeing more this year and next as Ethier, Kemp and Loney mature. I still see Loney as a 20 HR guy. I am not convinced that Don Mattingly’s methods are the best for this team. I mean, he can’t even teach his own son to hit (OK, that was a cheap shot). Matt Kemp has prospered under Mattingly but has really not developed his power (he has also cut down on his
strikeouts)and Andre has developed power at the expense of his BA, but Loneyhasn’t developed power and Martin has regressed. Martin’s OB% remains high but he pulls the ball continually and has no power. Either he’s injured or really confused. I know he’s not that stupid! What role does the coach play in this… and who is really the hitting coach – Mattingly or Pentland? We have a great team batting average, but our run production is not what it should be. Bring back Earl Weaver’s favorite play – the 3-run homer!
RANTS & RAVES
- Clayton Kershaw is a mere mortal. His ERA is up to 2.86. Horrid!
- Jeff Weaver is becoming… Jeff Weaver. Another outing or two like that and he’s DFA.
- Corey Wade pitched 2 scoreless inning to get a save last night in AAA.
- Abreu is up to .343 after going 3-4.
- Choi won his 6th game (1.83 ERA) in relief. He should get a look…
- James McDonald continues to impress in relief.
- Kuroda needs to step it up even more tonight.
- The stage was set for Manny last night in the 9th, but like Matt Kemp said “He’s not superman.” No, he’s not, but he hasn’t even been Clark Kent lately.
Hip Update. It’s been six weeks today since I had full hip replacement. I had my doctors appointment yesterday and he released me to do any type of exercise and movement. He said that I was where I should be in 90 days. Since I still limp, he gave me some special gluteal exercises to do (he told me to discontinue the others). For the record, I am going up and down stairs “foot-over-foot” but it still hurts. However, I can tell it’s a “good” hurt, not a bad hurt. I felt better after seeing the X-Rays and how everything was as it should be. I am telling you that I really feel for older folks that have this type of surgery. I have a lot of upper and lower body strength, but this would be very hard for someone with less strength. Wow! It ain’t easy, but the worst is in the past!