At the start of Spring Training the Dodgers bullpen looked like this:
One-by-one, all but Guerrier and MacDougal ended up on the Physically or Mentally (R-Bel) Disabled List, and then Jon Garland, the fifth started ened up there as well.
Now, the bullpen looks like this:
- De La Rosa
Now, I wonder what would happen to ANY team when 7 of their 12 pitchers end up on the DL? It’s a big deal to any team, but then add in the fact that three-fourths of the infield have been on the DL, as well as the hitter who has the highest number of homeruns per at bat on the team and you’ve got a recipe for a trainwreck.
And that is precisely what the Dodgers have been – a trainwreck!
Or, have they?
The reality of the situation is that they sit four games below .500 and 5.5 games back of the leaders in Third Place! The reality of the situation is that Marcus Thames, Blake Hawksworth, Juan Uribe, Jon Broxton, Hong chih Kuo and Vincente Padilla should be back soon. Kenley Jansen won’t be far behind, leading to a log-jam in the bullpen. Good problems to have.
Yesterday, the Dodgers ace dominated the first 2/3 of the game and then blew it. He looked like Sanford Koufax in the beginning, but ended up looking like Fred Sanford in the end. The Dodgers could have easily given up, but didn’t. Matt Kemp’s Grand Slam in the ninth may prove to be a turning point for the Dodgers who have remained a perfect 5-0 in extra innings, and ultimately won with four runs in the eleventh inning.
Today, the Dodgers again brought out their whipping sticks and beat the Reds even though Chad Billingley has an ERA of nearly 6.00 on the road! They “manned up.” If Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles can keep it up, I’d hit them #1, #2 the rest of the year.
RANTS & RAVES
- At the risk of getting ridiculed, I have to say that Andre Ethier is hitting a very “soft” .325. I mean he’s getting on base and all, but he’s not driving the ball like a #3 hitter. He says that he has corrected some mechanical issues. Let’s hope so. The Dodgers need him to step up.
- I read that Kemp is The Bison, but I don’t see him as a big bulky powerful beast. I see him as a Jaguar or Puma. Yeah, that’s the ticket. At any rate, when you mention MVP, he has to be included in the discussion.
- The next seven days have seven games against to Phillies and Rockies, including Rubby’s first MLB start. This is a critical stretch which could MAKE or BREAK the 2011 version of the Dodgers.
- Andrew Lambo is hitting .204 at AAA Indianapolis and has lost his starting job.
- It probably doesn’t mean much, but Carlos Santana is hitting .229 (below the Loney Line) with a slugging percentage of .375. The jury is still out.
- Stormin’ Gorman Erickson of Rancho Cucamonga reminds me of a former LA Dodgers catcher: about the same size, ex-football player, who didn’t have much power either. Stormin’ Gorman may be a better hitter. However, if I remember correctly, it turned out pretty good for that other guy.
- If the Dodgers get ANY production from Raffy, it will be a miracle. Don’t count on it.
- Garvey – Hershiser? Don’t hold your breath, although it would be cool.
- Oakland DFA’ed Andy LaRoche – bring him home, Ned. If you brought Mattingley’s son back, Andy should get another chance too (although there is no rational reason to do so).