- That number 42 was all over the field last night, making silly errors and then turning around and making fabulous plays to rob someone of
extra bases, pitching well or hardly at all and then the best part of all – the Walk Off win. Come to think of it, I think I’ve seen #42 do that before. He’s certainly no longer Mr. Softee! On a night when Robinson Cano (who was named after #42) hit two home runs, the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat. Did you get the feeling that Jackie was manipulating the stars to align just right, so that the Dodgers would win?
- It was a frustrating game, with errors and bad plays that should have been errors by both teams. I am a bit concerned about Matt Kemp. He’s not going to win another Gold Glove at this rate, maybe an “Aluminum Glove.” I wondered if he needed his eyes checked, but that’s not it. I think it may be “contact lens related.” I believe I have seen 4 or 5 balls he should have caught this year and didn’t. Hopefully, he’ll figure it out.
- Boy, if the Dodgers hadn’t scored in the tenth, the naysayers would have been all over Joe Torre for mis-using Broxton.
- It’s funny how things work out: Blake DeWitt was “rested” yesterday, but ends up getting a hit and scoring the winning run.
- Kuroda’s velocity was a little lower than normal and he gave up 10 hits in 7 innings, but when you don’t walk batters, you can stay in the game with” less than your best stuff.” Billingsley & Kershaw take note!
- Hong-chih Kuo pitched 1 inning last night and struck out 2 on only 12 pitches. He then went to the pen and threw eight more for a total of twenty. I predict that if he’s OK today and tomorrow, he’ll be up by Sunday!
- That still doesn’t “fix” the pen. The fix is “in house” in the form of James McDonald and Josh Lindblom. The Dodgers should scrap their plans to make them starters and immediately send them to the pen where they can throw 1 or 2 innings at most. Both have power arms and will step up their velocity by 3-4 MPH in the pen. We could live with 5 inning performances by some of our starters IF we had those two in the pen, along with Belisario.
- Ramon Ortiz, Russ Ortiz, Carlos Monasterios and Jeff Weaver all are in jeapordy of losing their jobs. Honeycutt is also on the hot seat (at least in my book)! George Sherrill’s contract keeps him from being cannon fodder, but he sure looks out of sync.
- What was with that Stephen Drew throw? Wow!
- I watched the whole game – went to bed at 2PM EDT. It will be tough to stay awake for the whole game tonight. Thank God for the DVR.
DAILY DODGER NEWS:
- Tony Jackson
- More Tony Jackson on Don Newcombe’s view of the Jackie Era
- Jon Weisman
- Robert Timm of DodgerDugout.com has this little jewel:
As Cleveland Indians catcher Lou Marson struggles out of the gate with a .063 average and zero extra base hits, the Carlos Santana watch is in full swing. Santana, you’ll remember, was sent to Cleveland in July of 2008 as a piece to the Casey Blake deal. Santana, a catcher, was hitting .323, with 14 homers, for Inland Empire, in the Class A California League at the time of the trade. He’s now hitting .423 after 7 games for AAA Columbus and looks poised to make his Major League debut anytime now.With that will come the boo-birds, who absolutely refuse to consider current conditions when evaluating a trade. It’s the same problem that people have had for years regarding Pedro Martinez. I’ve been saying it forever here – the Pedro for Delino trade made sense at the time of the deal. The Dodgers needed a second baseman and grabbed an All-Star for a wild, albeit talented, head-hunting pitcher. Certainly, the deal ended up quite lopsided. But that doesn’t make it bad trade. It simply isn’t fair to only assess a deal with 20-20 hindsight.
And so here comes Carlos Santana, who looks to be the real deal. Time will tell, of course, if this trade for Casey Blake will alter the course of Dodgers history. But even if Santana becomes the next Mike Piazza, let’s understand that the deal made sense at the time: the Dodgers needed a third baseman as they made their push to October, and gave up a Single-A hitting catcher who could just be the next Billy Ashley. Oh, and the Dodgers – at the time – already had a young All-Star catcher who had shown plenty of promise in his own right.
So please, if Carlos Santana tears up American League pitching in the coming months, let’s remember the context of that 2008 deal. For my part, regardless of how Santana’s career turns out, I’ll give that trade a ‘thumbs up.’