The Knucklehead: Getting shot in the leg is enough to cause you to get branded as a knucklehead, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Vicente Padilla arguably has some one thebest stuff you will ever see, but it’s his “knuckle-headedness” which has kept him from achieving his potential. Obviously, something happened in Texas which caused many of his teammates to turn on him and the Rangers to eat his contract. In spring training this year, he was regarded as a “knucklehead” in several establishments which service alcoholic beverages and he was regarded as a “knucklehead” by people who leased him his expensive sports car and his neighbors around the condo he leased. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Padilla is involved in some form of “incident” in a hotel room in the 3-4 AM hours. Once a knucklehead, always a knucklehead. I thought that since he was a 1-year deal, he might settled down and pitch like he is capable, and his stuff is #1 stuff, but his head is #13. A True Knucklehead he is!
Linchpins: Matt Kemp, Manny Ramirez, Russell Martin and James Loney are all important to the Dodgers offense, but the Dodgers “Offensive Linchpins” are, without a doubt, Rafael Furcal and Andre Either. After going 3-4, Raffy looks to be back and Andre is due back at any moment. The Dodgers are an entirely different team when they are in the lineup. Raffy sets the tone, but if you have to pick one true “linchpin” it is “Walkoff” Ethier. I am considering changing his name from “Walkoff” to “Game-Over.”
Leftys: It’s always something with left-handers. Case-in-point – George Sherrill, who seems to be very good or very, very bad and lately it has been the later. Hong-chih Kuo has outstanding “Closer” type stuff, but his arm hangs by a thread and each pitch could be his last. An MRI could tell a lot, but I am sure that neithe he nor the Dodgers wants to know… And then we have Mr. Scott Elbert, whose curve-ball and slider should play out much better than in the PCL, but who is wilder than a March Hare. What is it with these left-handers anyway? They are all wacky, except for Mr. Clayton Kershaw – he’s OK in my book, and after all, he is our Ace. The Dodgers last two attempts to trade for an ace were exercises in futility (Brown and Schmidt). I think the Dodgers have to get an Ace the old-fashioned way – you grow one!
I Told You Sos: In the off-season before this season, I said that I was in favor of not offering Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf arbitration. Most of you have disagreed with me, but you will change your minds soon enough. Watch and learn. You surely have learned that what I said in the off-season before the start of the 2009 season is true. I said that I was not in favor of signing Manny Ramirez, but if I signed him it would only be for one year. I was told by most of you that Manny would require a three to five year deal and was called all kinds of names for saying I wouldn’t sign him. When the Dodgers signed him for two year against no other bidders, I was somewhat relieved, but felt that $45 mil for an aging superstar was too much and too long… and it was! I root for Manny because he is a Dodger, but I fear that we are seeing the best of this aging-former-steroid-using-superstar-who-can’t-recover-as quickly-as-he-needs to. I fear that there is little market for him and if the Dodgers can trade him, it will be at the expense of having to eat half his salary or more – they might as well keep him for that. The only team I can see wanting or affording him is the Yankees and that would be “iffy.” You got what you wanted with Manny and now you are stuck with him. I hate to say I told you so, but “I told you so.”
Cliff Lee, Zach Greinke and Roy Oswalt will all be on the market this year. Randy Wolf makes more than Cliff Lee. Who would you rather have? The Dodgers can now be players for those pitchers because they don’t have the salaries of Wolf or Hudson… or both. They would really be sitting pretty if they didn’t have Ramirez!
- Gordon SS
- DeWitt 2B
- Ethier - LF
- Pujols - 1B
- Kemp CF
- Beltre 3B
- Sands RF
- Ellis C
- Lindblom – Closer
- The Dodgers lack of hitting doesn’t concern me, right now – they will hit.
- Garrett Anderson is stealing space from a worthy ballplayer. He is soooooooooooooo done – stick a fork in him!
- The Dodgers need to convert Lindblom back to a Closer
- James McDonald is back on the road to LA
- Xavier Paul will surprise you – watch and see.
- Rumor has it that Elbert will go back down today to make room for Ethier, and that Paul will go back to make make room for Haegar on Tuesday. A better move would be to keep Paul and DFA Anderson. Answer this question: Are the Dodgers better with XP or GA? End of discussion…