Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles hit the nail on the head: Davey Lopes is helping the Dodgers immensely, especially Matt Kemp. After describing Matt Kemp who went from first to third on what might have ordinarily been a double play ball, Tony wrote this:
“There was no home run, no RBI, not even a hit. But all at once, the old yard began to rock in a way it really didn’t at any time last year. There was a collective sense not only that Kemp was a different player, but that the Dodgers were a different team, an exciting team, an electrifying team … an interesting team.
A good team? We won’t know that for a little while yet. But it looks as if it’s going to be fun to find out.”
The Dodger way to play baseball is back, and not a minute too soon. The above-mentioned play would have likely resulted in a double-play last year. Not this year. Not this team. Jackson goes on to say:
“This is a team that leaves the batter’s box on every single thinking double, that thinks triple on every double, that thinks first-to-third on every single, the underlying rationale being that you can always put on the brakes if the outfielder cuts off the ball quickly. It is a team that looks not only to score runs, but to create them, something that could make all the difference in one-run games like the two the Dodgers already have played this season.”
- I think one of the things that will be the Giants undoing this year is defense. I said that a couple of months ago and we saw it first-handed as the Giants committed fiver errors in the first two games of the season.
- Juan Uribe sat out last night’s game after getting plunked on the arm the night before (no major damage), so it was simply “Next Man Up!“
- Aaron Miles started at 3B and IDJ2 started at 2B.
- DeJesus looked every bit a rookie as he struck out three times in his debut.
- Raffy looks healthy and had two hits, including driving in the winning run.
- Chad made a mistake, but was solid – he didn’t let it get him down.
- Casey Blake is playing in Arizona and the Dodgers aren’t rushing him, but IDJ2 is the one most likely to go down when Blake comes off the DL.
- Finally, props to Jon Broxton. His pitching was impressive, but I was more impressed with his demeanor, his body language, his aggressiveness and his confidence. He looked like he wanted the ball and almost looked scary at times. Maybe my bad-mouthing helped helped? I’ll take the credit (HA!).