Joe Torre doesn’t have it “in” for Charlie Haeger and said Haeger will continue to be in the mix of the rotation as the team moves toward the
postseason. Here’s what Joe said (Steve Gartner of mlb.com)
“He’s a hot hand. He’s pitched well two times in a row now. I trust him at this point.It’s going to be [a matter of] whether the knuckleball is working or isn’t working. I think we’ll know that early.”
The fact of the matter is that Charlie currently has a huge advantage over team who have not seen him and his “Dog and Pony Show.” Joe is wise to pitch him as much as possible and ride him until the wheels fall off! He goes today against the hot Cincinnati Reds. I should be in Cincinnati right about now, but my son had football practice last night and has a football game today. Maybe we’ll go catch the finale Sunday. By the way, Cincinnati won’t accept the Dodgers request to allow “stinking bloggers” in the press-box. It seems that their press policy is as sad as their team! Mediocrity permeates that once proud organization. It is amazing the degree of ineptitude in business and baseball is no different.
Rants & Raves
- There’s nothing wrong with Billingsley… that is, nothing wrong below the neck! He has an ERA of nearly 6.00 in the pst 2 months. This is a strange year for some young “rising-star type” pitchers. Look at Hamels and Kazmir as well. Billingsley is an Ace compared to them. Hopefully Chad can get it together by the end of September. We have to have him then.
- How can 10 hits only produce 2 runs?
- I guess the Dodgers read Homer Bailey’s scouting report and didn’t look at his ERA.
- Where’s Waldo? Where’s Manny?
- 3 hits for Raffy. Luck-out or break-out?
- Andre Ethier seems to be either very hot or very cold!
- Does anyone still think Russ Martin can’t throw after watching last night’s game?
- O-Dog’s BA is sinking faster than Jimmy Hoffa in concrete boots.
- James Loney may yet reach double digits in HR…
- Bill Plaschke of The LA Times says that “Manny Isn’t Right!” He never has been… Oh, that’s not what he meant! Here’s a bit of what he said:
Although the official explanations for his slump involve those habits, and are technical and convoluted, those familiar with steroids quietly submit one simple reason:
Ramirez trying to kill the ball to overcompensate for the fact that he’s no longer juiced, attempting to show everyone that his previous success was him and not steroids.
There are those who also wonder whether he is struggling with the loss of that invincible feeling that steroids give hitters, a syndrome commonly associated with those who are struggling to find themselves after coming clean.
Some, such as Jason Giambi, can overcome this feeling and learn to be a good hitter again. Others, such as Sammy Sosa, never could.
Of course, it could be just the hand. That was my first question to him Friday night, asking whether the hand had been quietly bothering him for five weeks.
“That was nearly months ago and you ask me about it now?” he said.
“Well, something is wrong,” I said.
At this point, teammate Orlando Hudson, apparently feeling that the personable Ramirez required protection from the media, chimed in with a high-pitched ridicule.
“Why do we strike out?” he said. “Why do we ground out?!”
Hudson was hitless in four at-bats Friday, and has scored all of seven runs this month, but this wasn’t about him.
In Ramirez’s case, all the questions are legitimate. Why, indeed?
“Tomorrow is another day,” he said, hustling out the door. “You want to ask me any more questions, text me.”
- Personally, I think Manny should sit the rest of this series. Put Pierre in LF, lead him off and move everyone down one slot
Minor League Recap – 8/28/09 by Jared of ThinkBlueLA
Albuquerque won 8-7
Tony Abreu – 0 for 5 (.351 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI, 2 R, K (.253 BA)
Jamie Hoffman – 1 for 2, HR (6), 3 RBI, R, BB (.283 BA)
Chin Lung Hu – 2 for 4, E (.290 BA)
Scott Elbert – 5 IP, 3 Hits, R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K’s (3.74 ERA)
Josh Lindblom – 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s (2.83 ERA)
Chattanooga won 3-1
Andrew Lambo – 1 for 4, 2 RBI, K, SB (.259 BA)
Lucas May – 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, R (.303 BA)
Trayvon Robinson – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, K (.219 BA)
Victor Garate – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, BB, 0 K’s (2.04 ERA)
Inland Empire won 4-1
Doug Mientkiewicz – 0 for 3, R, BB, K (.200 BA)
Scott Van Slyke – 2 for 4, 2B, HR (21), 3 RBI, R, K, SB (.291 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 1 for 4, K (.239 BA)
Great Lakes won 8-0
Dee Gordon – 0 for 3, R, BB, K (.305 BA)
Jaime Pedroza – 2 for 5, 2B, RBI, 2 R, K, CS, PO (.261 BA)
Kyle Russell – 2 for 4, 2 2B’s, RBI, BB, K (.273 BA)
Jerry Sands – 1 for 3, 2 RBI, BB (.228 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 1 for 4, 2B, 2 R, K (.274 BA)
JonMichael Redding – 6 IP, Hit, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s (4.59 ERA)
Roberto Feliciano – 2 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, K (0.00 ERA)
Ogden won 6-3
BCG – 0 for 5, OF Assist (.329 BA)
Mario Songco – 2 for 3, 2B, HR (8), RBI, 3 R, BB (.344 BA)
Nick Akins – 0 for 3, R, K, HBP (.266 BA)
Allen Webster – 5 IP, 5 Hits, 2 ER, BB, 5 K’s (1.42 ERA)
Steven Ames – 2 IP, Hit, ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s (1.40 ERA)
AZL did not play
Players of the day – Scott Van Slyke and Mario Songco, OF
Van Slyke keeps slugging, collecting his league best 41st double and 22nd HR. He also collected his 10th stolen base and his 124th strikeout. The whiffs concern me a little and, at 23, Scott still isn’t a finished product. We’ll see how he does in his real test next year at Double A. Songco, on the other hand, took a step backward after struggling in Low A. He comes back to Ogden as possibly the best hitter in the league, sporting a 1.111 OPS that’s just a tick behind former teammate Jerry Sands’ league-leading mark. Full season ball might have been a little much for the 20 year old, and he can wait til next year to try it out again.