Here we are, just over one-quarter of the way through the season and the Dodgers are riding high. Injuries have been a factor, but the motto has been “Next Man Up.” Last night, the next man was Andre Ethier, Matt Freaking Treanor and Justin
Sellers. James Loney even hits a two-run jack! Next man up tonight! Capuano pitched like he has been pitching like he has always been pitching this year (LIGHTS OUT) and the pen was impeccable.
By the way, here are Capuano’s projections. He is on track to go 23-4. I said he would win 20. You said I was an idiot. So far (and a lot can happen), he is ahead of schedule with no signs of faltering. I see Josh Bell is playing 3B for Arizona. He will be 26 this year and has done nothing since being traded by the Dodgers. Maybe he will – maybe he won’t.
Here;’s how the 2012 version of the Dodgers is shaping up as a team:
- 2nd in NL Batting Average – .268 (and everyone says they need to add a bat or two)
- 2nd in OB% – .340
- 4th in runs scored – 189
- 2nd in Pitching ERA – 2.94
- 2nd in WHIP – 1.17
- 6th in Defense – The defense has slipped with injuries to Uribe, Ellis and Kemp and Gordon’s erratic play.
Don Mattingly is making a strong bid to be Manager of the Year. This team bears his stamp.
AJ ELLIS FOR ALL-STAR CATCHER!
Monday’s Minor League News:
- I commented yesterday that Shawn Tolleson was having difficulty at AAA with an ERA near 11.00. However, Cole St. Clair, a 6′ 5″ LH out of Rice has a 2.53 ERA in 21+ innings! He has allowed 16 hits and struck out 18 and has not given up a HR. He hasn’t closed a game, but his ERA and WHIP (1.13) should get him a look-see as a LH specialist at LA, I would think.. Most other relievers on the team have an ERA of 5+, but not Cole. That’s extra-ordinary to me!
- Ethan Martin pitched 5 innings last night and allowed 2 hits while striking out 5 and walking 4. His ERA dropped to 2.96.
- Allen Webster has been pitching out of the pen and doing well – temporary or not?
- John Ely pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 runs and struck out 6 while walking 1. His ERA at Albuquerque is now 3.64.
- James Baldwin went 5-5 to raise his batting average to .202.
- Jared Massey’s Minor League Report – 5-21-12
- Andy LaRoche is hitting .239 with 3 HR and 11 RBI, but with a .350 OB% for Columbus of the International League. He will be 30 next year. Too bad his ship has sailed. Boy, was I wrong about him.