I’m talking baseball – not football. The Dodgers have one win down and ten more to go to win the World Series. You have to play them one at a time, but we need ten more wins in order to call this season a complete success.
Again, conventional wisdom was wrong – we beat Carpenter and like I said, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO WILL STEP UP. Randy Wolf kept us in the game for 4 innings, even though he struggled with his control, and then Jeff Weaver stepped up BIG TIME! I didn’t even think he would be on the roster (shows what I know). Rafael Furcal played like the Raffy of 2007 and Loney, Blake and Ethier all had a pair of hits. Matt Kemp “Bisonized” Carpenter in the first inning, and that HR BLAST set the tone, even though he didn’t get another hit. He was tentative on a couple of plays however.
I really didn’t understand the Billiard switch. I’d rather have a LH hitting Hudson against the RH Carpenter than RH Belliard, and even though it didn’t cost us the game, Belliard could not make some of the plays that Hudson would have (at least 2 plays) at 2B. All I can think is that Hudson is hurting more than anyone knows.
Is Thome a wasted roster spot? Was Kirk Gibson? Even though Thome has not produced stellar results as a Dodger, you can throw this years’ record out the window and look at his career. Something tells me that Jim Thome will win a game for us before this series is over. This is a classic case of where figures lie! YOU CANNOT MEASURE THE VALVE OF EXPERIENCE!
Sixteen (count ‘em 16) stranded baserunners should give us pause, but the Cards stranded 14, so maybe it’s just the “good pitching, good hitting” thing. Russell Martin quietly had a good all-around game.
The stage is set tonight for the kid who has to be a man – Clayton Kershaw. This is where legends are made!
P.S. I just found out my son’s football playoff schedule and cannot make the trip to St. Louis. I guess I’ll be watching the Dodgers on TV. I don’t miss any of his games (or practices for that matter). Hopefully Vold can give us a full report as he will be there.