Of course they do. I know and you know it. How else do you explain the following:
- Earlier in the season, I trashed Andre Ethier and call him Mr. Softee – presto, he’s an MVP Candidate.
- In the middle of August, I said we couldn’t win with Broxton as our closer after some blown games – bingo, he’s lights out with nine consecutive saves!
- Yesterday, I call for Raffy to hit 8th – bang, he’s 3-4 last night!
- Last month, I said Loney would be “white hot” in September – boom, he’s hitting .438 for the month.
Yes, the Dodgers get up early every morning and read what I say about them and react accordingly. The Dodgers should put me on their payroll for supplying the motivation for the team. Tomorrow, I am going to say that Chad Billingsley is Don Drysdale, Clayton Kershaw is Sandy Koufax, Matt Kemp is better than Kirk Gibson and Hiroki Kuroda is Johnny Podres. Oh, and Russell Martin is Roy Campanella. Yes, that should about do it, except for that Manny guy. Hummmmmmm…
RANTS & RAVES
- Last night’s win was the biggest of the season for the Dodgers – this is where they get hot!
- Kensai has a good post at Memories of Kevin Malone on Chad Billingsley’s struggles.
- The Dodgers hit into 5 double play and still win. That has to be a record somewhere.
- 22 games left. Keep the faith, Baby!
- Bill Plaschke of The LA Times has a good article today on “The Torre Whisperer – Bob Schaefer” “Statistics are one-dimensional, I also need to look in a guy’s eyes,” he says. “Around here, we believe that sometimes you can find the answer in a guy’s eyes.”
- Billingsley didn’t have his good fastball last night. The question is whether it’s a one-game thing or an issue. We’ll find out. He did adjust and kept the Dodgers in the game. He pitched good enough to win, but not like he should. There’s still time.
Minor League Recap – 9/08/09 from Jared of http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
After a down August, JT is on fire in September. In fact, over his past 7 games, he’s recorded multiple hits in each of the contests with 4 home runs and 5 doubles. His .993 OPS is 3rd on the team and easily in the Top 10 in the league. The Raptors have plenty of pop on offense and Wise is yet another bullet in the magazine.
Clay Calfee – 1 for 5, RBI, 2 K’s (.333 BA)
Angelo Songco – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, R, BB, K (.313 BA)
JT Wise - 2 for 4, 2B, HR (8), RBI, 2 R, BB, K (.343 BA)
Blake Smith - 1 for 5, 3 K’s (.206 BA)