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The Kershawshank Redemption II

The Kershawshank Redemption II

Kershaw43It was a story that the Dodgers scored some runs, let alone 5 (count ‘em 5) runs in one inning.  It was a story that gimpy Casey Blake made plays at 3B no one else would have made, and got key hits and doubled in the clutch.  It was a story that Juan Pierre starts a game, and as has become the custom, the Dodgers’ win with Pierre going 2-4.  It was a story that Jon Broxton retired the side in the 9th on 8 pitches, 5 of which were over 100 MPH, and 7 of which were strikes.  But, make no mistake, the real story was the 21-year old fireballer/magician on the mound.  In what was the most critical and pressure-packed game of his young career, 21 year-old Clayton Kershaw was “as cool as the other side of the pillow.”  His 8-8 record belies his 2.79 ERA.  He didn’t get the win, because neither team had scored when he exited the game, but make no mistake about it – last night’s win belonged to Clayton Kershaw.  He ends the regular season with 171 IP,  119 Hits, 185 K’s and enters the 2010 season as the odds-on-favorite to be the Opening Day starter.  Can you imagine how good this guy will be when he figures it all out?  He’s already got a good idea!

Now, the Dodgers face the Cards, who are reeling much like the Dodgers were.  I’m trying to get tickets in St. Louis for next weekends game, so that you can have a direct-line to the game-inside-the-game.  Here’s what these Dodgers need to realize:  Manny may or may not get hot, but you didn’t get here on Manny’s back.  You got here because you all stepped up.  Don’t rely on Manny – you need to do it yourself!  Think about that.  Then act on it!

We will probably need only 3 starters the first round, those being Wolf, Kershaw and Billingsley.  Garland and Padilla will be at the ready.  It’s a new season.  I’m sure that Blake will rest and the next 3 days will help his hamstring.  Hopefully, Belliard will re-cover completely too.  Thome?  I can’t see him on the roster in this round.  Loretta?  No way he doesn’t make it!  Andre Ethier figures to be a platoon player in the playoffs, with his .189 BA against LH’ers.

Nothing matters right now, but winning the Series against the Cards. 

One step at a time.

Rest today, boys – the real season has just started!

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10 Responses to “The Kershawshank Redemption II”

  1. Ken says:

    Mark you are being appropriately gooey today over how goo [sic] Kershaw is!! Edit

  2. SpokaneBob says:

    Last night Clayton established himself as a big game pitcher and as our ace. What a fantastic performance.

    Congratulations to everyone here.

  3. Blue Haze says:

    It had nothing to do with Kershaw and all to do about my sister not being at the game. Cha-Ching!

  4. Vigilante says:

    Mark, I second your statement on Thome. Put him on the DL and be done with him. With 30 HRs, Ethier cannot be platooned. Yesterday, (I don’t have the box score at hand) did Torre platoon Belliard with the O-Man at 2b? That might work. The real issue is which LF is best defensively? Pierre’s arm is suspect. His legs should be better than Manny’s. But both bats should be in the line-up if they play get to play in a American league park in the World Series. I don’t know how to call it. It’s too bad Jason Repko didn’t get those pinch hitting assignments wasted on Thome in the last ten days; I’d like to see more of any guy who hit 16 homers in less than 400 AB’s at AAA-ball catch a seat on the bench.

  5. Vigilante says:

    Plus, he’s a base-stealer!

  6. DRomo says:

    Kershaw was outstanding last night! I worry about Wolf but I do want him in Game 1. It is just my opinion that game 2 is the most important of the series because you are either recovering to stay in the series or putting a strangle hold on it.

    Also I know some of you might be shocked but I want Bills to throw game 3. I think if he gets run support he will dominate. ONLY if he gets runs. We will face Pinero so that will be our best shot to go up early. If Chad gets no runs by the 4th get someone else up because he will be on borrowed time!

    We can do this!

  7. Kay in L.A. says:

    Haze, many many thanks to your Sis!!! Does this mean you’re buying a round?
    ;-)

    Kershaw is clutch, baby. Give that kid a big old bonus.

    Something magical happened. Kershaw, KKKKKK++, Kuo. Hey Ken, what is it about names that start with K?
    :-)

    Belliard, Blake, Hudson…hmmmm, veterans. Maybe Joe is on to something. Gee I feel so bad for the bad things I said about Bigelow. And how about that coach getting thrown out? Way to go.

    Our guys trumped the chumpires, beat the odds and lifted L.A. off the ground. Thanks guys; we love you.

  8. Ken says:

    Ausmus hereby nominated to be 2010 Dodger Bench coach!

  9. A Shot of Haeger says:

    I think we can beat the Cardinals.. They have the worst batting average in the league against left-handed pitching and they’ll see at least three, maybe four against us. If we can somehow scratch out a couple runs against there starters..we can take it. The other thing….for all the talk about Wainwright we have five starters on our team that have hit him pretty well.

    It’s not going to be easy…and it’s no guarantee…but it’s definitely not the hugh mismatch all the pundits seem to think it is.

    http://www.mikescosciastragicillness.com has a post talking about all this.

  10. A Shot of Haeger says:

    http://mikesciosciastragicillness.com/

    sorry…wrong link… this is a pretty interesting read.

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