…whether tis nobler to replace him on the playoff roster or use him as a DH. Yes, that is the question. You can cuss and discuss this, but I think
the answer is simple – you can’t use Thome if he’s not ready to hit. In order for him to be ready, he’s going to have to face a lot of “live” pitching. That means pinch-hitting more than once a game. It means that he has to play 1B 4 or 5 times before the season’s end or it means going to Arizona and hitting in some intra-squad games. If he can’t do that, then I can’t see him on the playoff roster. Just my opinion. If however, he could get 30 AB’s by year end, he could be a huge factor in the World Series. Maybe he just needs to take live BP off of Clayton Kershaw – then everything else would look easy.
- Brian Akin is writing a blog as he rehabs from Tommy John is Glendale, Arizona. His blog is http://deartommyjohnletters.blogspot.com/. I met his parents in Chicago this Summer. They were up for the series to see the Dodgers and the Cubs and were great people. His dad is an orthopaedic surgeon in Louisville, KY who gave me some advice on my hip replacement surgery (I gave him a false address so I haven’t seen his bill as yet). Brian will be 28 at the end of next month and he’s still chasing his dream. Brian Akin’s Career Stats
- Kevin Baxter of The LA Times weighs in about what’s wrong with C-Bill with two pieces #1 #2 I’m sure that Joe Torre would like to resolve Billingsley’s situation, so Wednesday should help tell the tale, one way or another. Ditto on Clayton Kershaw – watch him pitch a “no-no” next time out!
- Kuroda-San goes today and could (COULD) be our playoff ACE. Could we catch “lightening in a bottle” with Wolf, Kuroda, Garland and Padilla all having career “Playoff Years?”
- George Sherrill has been an OUTSTANDING AQUISITION!
- Can Loney join Kemp and Ethier in the 100 RBI club with a furious finish?
- John Weisman of Dodger Thoughts has this to say about the Belliard and Hudson rotation:
Ronnie Belliard is, for all practical purposes, as hot now as Orlando Hudson was in April. Which means it probably won’t last. And I’m guessing that Joe Torre realizes this, and that he’s just using it. Each time Belliard has a good game, it’s one more game that he can rest Hudson.
Not that Hudson won’t be starting games this week, but my guess is that as soon as Belliard strings together just a few bad games – not many at all – Hudson will be back as the regular starter. And ideally, better than he otherwise would have been.