I guess all good things have to come to an end, so Joe Torre might as well roll Ramon Ortiz out there tonight to put an end to this streak.
What? You say that’s negative?
OK. Well, I’m POSITIVE that Ramon Ortiz can put an end to this 9 game winning streak! It would be nice if we didn’t lose a game the rest of this year, but I don’t see that happening.
If the Dodgers win tonight, it means that the Big Dodger in the Sky is very happy!
RANTS & RAVES
- It sounds to me like “Walkoff” Ethier can be out anywhere from two weeks to two months. No kidding! X.P. is getting another chance. The more I see him, the more I like him. Like getting that bunt down to advance the runners into scoring position. Frequently, when you do the little things, you also can do the bigger things.
- Chin-lung Hu has quietly raised his BA to nearly .300 in AAA.
- Memories of Kevin Malone is working on ranking the Dodgers prospects, something that I used to do, which I think is an exercise in futility. I can list my Top 10, but not in any order. It’s like trying to rank Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Eva Longoria, Kelly Brook, Megan Fox and Naomi Watts. I mean, who knows? Not that the Dodgers prospects are of that caliber, but how the heck can you do it? I can’t – I’ll take ‘em all!
- Dodgers team ERA dropped to 4.31.
- The “Beard” is back and so is the “Bat.”
- From Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles:
Don’t be surprised if veteran infielder Alfredo Amezaga finds his way onto the Dodgers’ roster within the next few weeks. Amezaga, whom the Dodgers signed to a minor league contract on Feb. 2 knowing that he wouldn’t be fully recovered from microfracture surgery on his left knee until late spring, played in his first game in 366 days on Monday night when he went 2 for 2 with a walk in three plate appearances for Double-A Chattanooga.
Amezaga was held out of the lineup on Tuesday night at Mobile because of inclement weather that led to multiple delays and eventually to the game being called after six innings.
Amezaga, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Florida Marlins, but he missed most of last year with the knee problem. His contract with the Dodgers contains a pair of escape clauses if he isn’t in the majors, the first of which he can exercise on June 15 and the second of which triggers a month later. Given the time, effort and resources the Dodgers have put into his rehab, they aren’t likely to let him get away.
The versatile Amezaga has played every position in his career except pitcher and catcher. He will receive a prorated share of a $650,000 base salary for any time he spends on the active, major league roster, and his contract also contains several incentives based on plate appearances and games played.
I can see him being a very useful piece on the roster, but the question is “whose place does he take?” Oh well, things like that have a way of taking care of themselves.