It turns out that Chad Billingsley’s pitching problems are the fault of the guys who work on his car. Mr. GoodWrench is at fault! Boy, that really makes me mad and I know that he’s bent
out of shape about it as well. Joe Torre informed us of the situation and Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com wrote it down: “Mechanics at heart of Billingsley’s woes.” Well, that’s comforting. I hate it when the guys who work on your car mess things up. So, all Chad has to do is hire some new mechanics, and his problems are behind him (kind of like someone with hemorrhoids). Now, that we have that problem solved, we are ready for the World Series. LOOK! Even Ray Charles can see it’s a mechanical issue. That, or he’s tipping his pitches. I’m sure that the Dodgers are putting out feelers to other players they know to see if that’s the case. I’ll say it again - I WE WIN IT ALL, IT WILL BE WITH CHAD BILLINGSLEY PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE.
Seriously, I questioned the Ronnie Belliard trade, but after hitting a Grand Slam off of Bad Penny, I would have traded Kershaw, Martin, Ethier and Kemp for him! Anyone who hits a Granny off the Mental Midget is worthy of becoming a lifetime Dodger. Don’t annoint him our starter next year though. He’s just a journeyman and Ned caught “lightening in a bottle” for the third year in a row (Marlon Anderson in 2007, Manny in 2008 and Ronnie, Padilla and Garland in 2009).
RANTS & RAVES
- Kevin Baxter of The LA Times has an excellent article of the emergence of Andre Ethier as a star. One thing I have noticed and was confirmed by Baxter is the fact that Andre Ethier is hitting .314 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs with Manny in the lineup, without him, he’s batting nearly 80 points lower with fewer than half as many RBIs. Hopefully, he can step up and be THE man after Manny moves on. By the way, Baxter reminds us that Ned Colletti fleeced Billy Beane on this deal.
- As NJ Slimers of the LA Times points out, Home Field Advantage is critical to toe Dodgers post season success. We currently have the best record- we need to maintain that! BTW, I have now christened TJ Simers with a new name “NJ SLIMERS” – “NJ” stands for Nut Job!
- Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com gives Ned Colletti some well-deserved praise.
- Vicente Padilla is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA in four starts for the Dodgers. Jon Garland is 2-0. 3.32 in three starts. Not too shabby. Cliff Lee has won less games than this pair in the same time period. Maybe we can overwhelm the Phils and Cards with Sheer Numbers of Pitchers?
- As maligned as James Loney has been, he could finish the season with 15 HR/95 RBI and a .290 BA! That ain’t chump change. I am beginning to believe that the Dodger Brass is right – James Loney has 25-30 HR power. He’ll get there.
- Which brings us to whether the Dodgers can lockup their young stars. Here’s the problem: They are going to want to be paid on future production. Based upon that, here’s what their agents will be asking for:
- Loney – $12 mil/5 years
- Martin – $10 mil/5 years
- Kemp – $15 mil/5 years
- Ethier – $17 mil/5 years
- The Dodgers will want to pay them for what they are currently doing. The question is whether they will compromise?
- When I was in LA in May and met with Colletti and Company, Ned was asked what player he was most likely to sign long-term and his response was “Chad Billingsley.” My, how times change!
- MSTI makes the argument that the 2009 Dodgers bullpen is the BEST EVER! I’ve been on that bandwagon for some time.
- The Dodgers are 43-23 against the NL West. Nice!
- MAGIC NUMBER – 8
- Wolf and Lincecum today