Today should go a long way in determining who will be the Fifth Starter for the Dodgers. Charlie Haeger starts the game against the Mariner,s and will allegedly be followed by Russ Ortiz. Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times predicts that Ramon Ortiz will be the fifth starter, Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles has anointed Russ Ortiz, and I am proclaiming that it will be Charlie Haeger. I think Dylan is out of the running, because Ramon appears headed to the bullpen, based upon the way Joe is utilizing him. I think it’s down to Russ Ortiz and Charlie Haeger, with whoever has the best outing making it.
A bigger question is who comes off the roster to make room for Carlos Monasterios (who will make the team), Russ Ortiz, Ramon Ortiz and probably Jeff Weaver? Justin Miller has also pitched well- enough to make the squad, but that might require too much roster surgery, and Justin Miller’s opt-out clause is for May 1st. So, who comes off the roster? It would seem that Hu, Repko and Stults are obvious choices. I would hope that the Dodgers don’t send Blake DeWitt down because he still has options, so that they won’t lose a player. He has won the second base job, fair and square – Give it to him!
Other Dodger News:
- Hong-Chih Kuo is headed to the DL again – some day he’ll head there and never return. Let’s hope that this isn’t the day!
- In talking to people who watched Russell Martin play, it was the consensus that he looked absolutely fine. No lingering effects of the injury. He’s be given today off as a precaution, however.
- One prediction: Manny will hit .300 with 30 HR and 100 RBI – Write it down! I said it. I meant it, and I’m here to represent it!
A Few Tidbits From the Logan White Interview:
Q. Of all the players who have been moved or traded over the past five years, which one would you most like to have back?
A. ”That’s a tough one, but based upon where he is playing, it would have to be Edwin Jackson. Carlos Santana would be in that equation too, although we aren’t sure if he can be a major league catcher, and Josh Bell because of his great power.”
Q. Can Ethan Martin play 3B in the major leagues and can Pedro Baez pitch in the majors?
A. ”Yes! …. and if Pedro doesn’t continue to progress, we won’t hesitate to put him on the mound.”
More on the Interview with Logan later…