Now that it’s all over, we can look back and say that Joe Torre should have brought Jon Broxton in and we would have won right? Broxton has never been known to blow a game right. Broxton breezed last night, right? Now, if he had brought in Brox and he had lost the game, you be saying the same thing. Second-guessers are never wrong. Managers are frequently wrong. I don’t even have to ask – I can tell you why Joe brought in George Sherrill: Confidence! Joe wanted to help restore his confidence by showing that he had confidence in him “You are my guy. This is your game” is what Joe was saying. Now, it obviously didn’t work, and us second-guessers had it all figured out.
Was it bullpen mismanagement or was it a calculated decision gone awry? I think some of you may look at it a little differently from Joe. I think Joe sees Broxton and Sherrill as “almost” interchangeable parts. I think he wants to use Sherrill in closing situations, and the fact of the matter is, the Dodgers do need George Sherill to be a general facsimile of himself last season. Don’t forget, the dude put up a 1.70 ERA last year. Jon Broxton allowed almost a run more a game! Now, I am not a big Sherrill fan, and if you are like me, you may feel Broxton should have been in there. However, in this case, I don’t! It wasn’t poor planning – Joe wants to see what to expect from George. Right about now, those expectations are pretty low, I would say.
Joe has to see who he can and can’t trust. Can Troncoso and Sherrill be trusted to close? Tonight doesn’t say they can’t, but you have to consider what happened. If it keeps up, then… NO they can’t! Sherrill has been out of whack all spring, but thought he got straightened out this week. Maybe. Maybe not! There are no excuses, he should have been able to hold a two run lead, but the ump was squeezing him. Even the Marlins announcers thought so…. and said it as well! Still no excuse, but it was a factor. He wasn’t beat like a rented mule, but he wasn’t effective.
It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but sometimes you can win a war by losing a battle!
- Remember that during Spring Training, I said Raffy looked good and not to worry about his hitting as it would come. It has! Raffy is back.
- Brad Ausmus is on the DL according to Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles and evidently Russ Martin was the only catcher available for the Dodgers last night.
- Russ Martin is defying the skeptics and getting off to a good start. Pencil him in for an excellent year.
- Padilla will pitch much better than he has… unless he is injured. He might be…
- The Dodgers hitting with RISP is still poor, but Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp are leading the way. Kemp already has 7 RBI. This aspect of the game HAS to improve.
- I’m anxious to see Mr. Charlie tomorrow… who will be caught by AJ Ellis.
- Tony Jackson with info on last night’s game and the Dodger Bullpen woes
- From Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times:
Standing in front of his locker with bags of ice wrapped to his left shoulder and elbow, the Dodgers’ closer-for-the-night offered a few explanations for what happened, among them, that some strikes he threw weren’t called for strikes.
As the postgame conversation neared its end, Sherrill finally offered an excuse-free summation of the evening.
“We battled back and took the lead,” he said. “I lost it.”
Despite Sherrill’s posting a 7.50 earned-run average in spring training and having mixed results in his first two appearances of the regular season, Manager Joe Torre went to him in the ninth inning on a night when closer Jonathan Broxton was unavailable.
Even after Sherrill’s latest failure, Torre stood by the reliever, saying he would continue to be the Dodgers’ eighth-inning pitcher.
“He’s been a closer,” Torre said of the former All-Star, who was acquired on the eve of the trade deadline last year. “Because someone has a bad spring, I won’t ignore his history. I’ll continue to send him out there.”
Torre said he never considered using Broxton, who had pitched in the two previous games and was forced to warm up multiple times Friday night.