I wondered and now I know. The Dodgers didn’t right the ship – it’s just that the Pirates are THAT bad, but against a good team like Milwaukee, the Dodgers have ZILCH. Chad Billingsley suffered first-inning woes, but then settled down and pitch 5 more very good innings. He pitch good enough for the Dodgers to win, but then the arsonists in the bullpen ended the game for the Dodgers. Belisorryo was sorry. Tronarmfalloffsco was horrid (Joe is trying to see if he can blow out Ramon’s arm by June) and Cheryl pitched by a little girl.
One common denominator among all this: Joe Torre and Rick Honeycutt! OK, that’s two. It is my opinion that the Dodgers have the talent to win, but they lack the leadership, managing, coaching and motivation. The Dodgers are tied for the lead in hitting in all of baseball, but are 26th in pitching and 29th in fielding (there are 30 teams in case you don’t remember).
Lay off the fact that we should have signed Orlando Hudson – hitting is not our problem, and Blake DeWitt, while not dazzling with the glove is improving. The fielding and the pitching is the problem. Signing an ACE wouldn’t have helped much either – the whole pitching staff is under-performing… by a country mile.
Only Broxton and Kuroda are immune, and the newcomer, Carlos Monasterios is doing quite well. Compare this year with last year and you will see dramatic differences in ERA with the rest of the staff. Belisario was 2.04 last year and now is 8.22. Sherrill, Kuo, Kershaw, Bills, Troncoso, Weaver, Padilla, Haeger are all under-performing DRAMATICALLY. At some point, the pitching coach has to take responsibility, and maybe the pitches are being “tipped” or their is some repetitive pattern other teams have figured out. I don’t know. I just know that the results are unacceptable and uncharacteristic of the pitchers involved. They are all pitching WAY below their talent level.