The Brewers went hungry when Billingsley and Jansen were on the mount, but when anyone whose name started with “Guerr” pitched (Guerrier & Guerra), the Brewers ATE them up. This is not a column about Tony the Tiger.
It would be a knee-jerk reaction to call for a new closer right now – after all, “this is only one game. It happens. It’s early. Don’t worry! “ However, I have to admit that I am keeping an eye on Javy Guerra. I felt like he was extremely lucky last season and I can’t see him duplicating that again. On the other hand, he does have 5 saves already, this is only his 3rd blown save in 29 opportunities and he still sports a career 2.38 ERA. I hope I am worried about nothing, but I am keeping an eye on him. If he’s not the Dodgers closer, they will have to trade for one because Kenley “One-Trick Pitch” Jansen isn’t ready. He relies on just a fastball that has lots of late movement, but it doesn’t always do that. OK, I’m done ranting. I have a history of being hard on closers!
- The Dodgers should have had an extra run! Dee Gordon was brain dead and got picked off in the first inning. I mean, he’s going to get thrown out occasionally, but that was just silly!
- Andre Ethier is no more Mr. Softee and his 17 RBI’s lead the Dodgers and in fact, leads all of the Major Leagues in that category. With Ethier and Rivera behind him, teams can no longer pitch around Kemp.
- C-Bill had his 3rd straight excellent start and the most telling stat is that he has just one walk in 20 innings. He’s not nibbling anymore. That’s all you need to know. The results are amazing and his stuff has always been Top Shelf!
- Jared Massey’s Minor League Report – April 17, 2012
Minor League Hotties:
- Van Slyke – 1.197 OPS
- Castellanos – 1.207 OPS
- Fields – .944 OPS
- Rice - 0.00 ERA (he’s a lefty)
- Troncoso – 1.42 ERA
- Russell – 1.001 OPS (6 HR)
- Tolleson – 0.00 ERA
- Eovaldi – 2.45 ERA
- Lee – 2.40 ERA
Minor League Not-So-Hotties:
- Sands – .688 OPS (.220 BA)
- Ely – 9.00 ERA
- Fife – 10.03 ERA
Joc Pederson is now active at Rancho Cucamonga (8 AB’s), not Great Lakes like everyone projected