He’s no ace. He got bombed and gave up 3 runs in 6 innings at Colorado as he saw his ERA balloon to a lofty 2.08. The man is obviously done. Shot. Give it up now! Or not… (for the uninitiated, I am kidding)
Really, I think Coors is always going to give Clayton trouble because of the lack of “bite” to his breaking ball, but you can’t win if your team can’t score. Clayton didn’t have a dominant game, but he was pretty solid. It was a quality start. He only walked one and struck out eight. The offense (or lack thereof) is a concern, even if it’s early. After five games, we really know nothing. After 50 games, we’ll have a pretty good idea and Jeff Pentland will either be a genius or looking for a new job. I think the leash is short!
Tony Gwynn, Jr. is going to be hard to keep out of the lineup. Maybe it will be a better lineup today with Casey Blake back. On the other hand, it won’t if Donnie sits Barajas and Furcal…
I don’t like to dwell on the Dodger Divorce, but so far this is shaping up about the way I thought it would. I predicted nearly two months ago that Frank would re-do the deal with FOX and get the money he needed to settle with Jamie. Now, I won’t predict if Bud will allow it or not, and I won’t predict that Frank could beat MLB in the suit. I will predict that if Bud does not allow the deal with FOX, Frank McCourt ABSOLUTELY WILL sue Bud Selig and MLB, and the causalities and collateral damage will be very high. This could open all the books of all the owners, and lo-and-behold: maybe they are just as decadent as McCourt. Bud is mad at Frank, not because of all his spending – he is mad because the owners’ dirty little secret was made public.
If Frank presents it correctly, Bud will have a hard time turning it down, and like any legal case, the odds of winning are a crap-shoot. But, if Bud is stupid enough to turn it down (and I believe he is), this will be bitter, protracted litigation that will make the Dodger Divorce look like a walk in the park. Baseball is not nearly as healthy as Bud may think – in fact, unless some major changes are made, I see a big loss of interest in the game over the next five years. This could be another nail in MLB’s coffin.