… at least for another week or two. I’ll give him two starts, but if I don’t see it get better, and soon, I will send him to the bullpen. Mattingly might not, but I would.
There, I said it.
Sorry, I’ve been on vacation for a week, and while I read what is going on, I haven’t had time to post. Our family spent a week at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and had a great time (the photo at the right is of me and my kids, ages 12, 25 and 31). It was an absolute blast! I am already looking forward to next year.
Nate Eovaldi was rightfully the Dodgers best rookie this spring, and not only does he deserve that honor – he also deserves to be in the starting rotation. I realize that Chad is working on stuff and he acts like he’s not concerned about his repeated abysmal outings this spring, but if he keeps this up, he has to go to the pen, where he might become the closer. This could be addition by subtraction, and I am willing to wait and see – TWO STARTS! That ‘s it. Nate needs to be in the rotation, whether it’s in Lilly’s place or Chad’s spot!
Let me go a step farther – Chad Billingsley is from Northern Ohio – the Indians need starters, especially after Carmona was found to be an imposter. Could they have the right package for Chad?
A few thoughts:
- Bullpen guys are adrenalin junkies by nature, so I don’t agree with Don Mattingley’s penchant to use them as starters in spring training games. I’m just sayin’…
- Jamey Wright looked better last night, but Todd Coffey looked horrible again. I am withholding judgement because he has only pitched 7.2 innings. Last year he had an ERA of nearly 7.00 in the Spring, but ended the season at 3.62, so what he does in the Spring is not an indicator, and certainly not 7 innings worth. That said, he had better get with the program.
- Two of the prize free agents of 2013 are off the market – Joey Votto and Matt Cain.
- Brandon Phillips is on the market. I don’t think his power would play well in Dodger Stadium, but he is available.
- For the last infield spot: Who is the best of the worst? Fields, Sellers or Cruz? They all suck, right now.
- Juan Uribe is a big question at 3B. David Wright would look good in blue.
- Finally, you saw this kind of uninspired play from the Dodgers all of spring training in 2011 and half of the season last year. I believe it was partly caused by the circus created by the media about the ownership. Since the new ownership group was announced the Dodgers have been playing uninspired baseball as well. Change and uncertainty affect everyone, and it is clearly affecting these guys. On a positive note, the ownership change could occur sooner than April 30th. The sooner, the more focused these guys will be – let’s get on with it!