I am not generally one to second-guess managers, especially ones that are my homeboys, but what the heck was Don Mattingly thinking?
Javy Guerra was having trouble BEFORE he got hit in the face. Yes, it was gutsy that Guerra stayed in the game. Yes, it was great that Don was showing his confidence in Guerra, but he was struggling before and AFTER anyone gets hit in the face, they are going to be rattled a little (at best). Donnie Ballgame should have immediately taken him out and bought in Lindbloom. He gave a game away. The fact of the matter is that Javy Guerra is responsible for HALF of the Dodgers losses this year.
On February 19th, I wrote this:
Javy Guerra will be supplanted by Kenley Jansen as the Dodgers closer (in fact, I can see a big regression with Guerra… and I hope I am wrong).
Well, I was right… and wrong too. I was right about Guerra, who I still think is a good middle guy, but I am wrong about Jansen – he’s not ready to be a closer. He has one pitch: a fastball with a lot of late movement, but until he adds another solid pitch, he’ll look bad at times. The Dodgers don’t have a closer on this team. Maybe Tolleston is one, maybe Eovaldi is one. The Dodgers are looking for a closer, no matter how much Donnie says he has confidence in Javy.
The Dodgers are being extremely smart in limiting Nate Eovaldi to a single inning his last two starts. They are trying to limit his innings until later in the season when he is going to be needed on the big club. They did the same thing to Clayton Kershaw. Nate could start or relieve later this season. My guess is that unless a starter goes down, he will relieve. In fact, I would not be surprised to see him this week.
Ronnie Belisario is starting his minor league assignment. Who knows how he will pitch? I have no clue… Don’t forget that RDLR could be ready in a couple of months to help in the bully.
Ned Colletti is actively shopping for a bat. 1B, LF and 3B are the obvious positions. It’s going to cost him some really good prospects. Uribe and Loney better take note…
THIS & THAT
- Hiroki Kuroda is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA for the Yankees. I still say the Dodgers are better off with Harang and Capuano, even though Harang has struggled to date. It was two for the price of one.
- Russell Martin continues to regress – he is hitting .182 with 1 HR and 4 RBI.
- The vaunted Angels are trash so far, as Matt Kemp has double the HR’s of Pujols, Morales, Wells, and Hunter. They are paying those four nearly $60 million this year. Ouch! I wonder if Scoisca will keep his job? You can’t fire the players.