Matt Kemp carried the team is April, but has tanked in May. His batting average is all the way down to a Superhuman-esque .375, but now the other guys are picking him up.
Mark Ellis is still looking like an excellent addition to the team with a .389 OB% as the number two hitter. Ned was much maligned for that signing. He’s looking pretty good right about now. Andre “I ain’t soft” Ethier has brought his batting average to .300 and leads the NL in RBI’s with 32. Bobby Abreu has been solid and the bottom of the lineup has been getting it done, with Uribe, Loney and Treanor/Ellis getting big hits. If Juan Uribe is healthy he’ll play and be an asset. I am just worried about his health holding up. Of course, I’d like a better 3B, but he is solid regardless.
Before the season started, I predicted that Chris Capuano would win 20 games. I know you all thought that was a long-shot. What do you think now? He’s pitching like an Ace. So far, Belisario has looked solid.
Dee Gordon needs to sit for a few games to get his head back on straight. I would not be surprised if that started today.
Toddy Coffey looks horrible and Javy Guerra looks lost. Mr. Coffey can’t stay around… There are grounds to get rid of him. He might be bitter, but he’s getting creamed – I can’t sugar-coat it. OK, OK, I’ll stop….
Here’s how stupid Bill Plaschke is (he wrote this when the Angels signed Pujols and CJ Wilson):
Upon awakening early Thursday morning, the two words rolled off my tongue with disbelief that the big-talking, star-balking Angels would actually put smart money behind something other than beer prices and monkey toys.
Now that I’ve checked it five different places and confirmed it four different ways and know it’s actually true, the words aren’t being rolled, they are being shouted, with entirely different punctuation mark.
After striking out on seemingly every impact free agent in recent years, the Angels stunningly hit one out of the park Thursday morning, adding the only player powerful enough to knock them back onto Los Angeles’ sports landscape.
C.J. Wilson makes the Angels really good. Albert Pujols makes the Angels great.
On the most compelling day of his regime, Arte Moreno has accomplished even more by making the Angels relevant.
How did that work out Bill? That’s why you are a fish hack! Pujols is at .192 and in the Angels are in last place, while St. Louis is in first place. So much for losing the best player….
Albert Pujols wife said this after she blasted the Cardinals for not overpaying for Fat Albert:
“It’s just like God, to put us on a team called the Angels.” Right about now Diedre Pujols is rotting in baseball hell!
TJ Slimers and Plaschke have very little material with the Dodgers success being the story. I said that this team would be good last year, but they tanked the first half. I think they allowed all the divorce and bankruptcy stuff to cloud their focus. After the All-Star break, they got it together and were one of the best teams in baseball. It has continue this year. They aren’t perfect, but anytime you have the best pitcher and best position player in baseball, you always have a chance. It’s obvious that a new attitude allowed them reach a higher altitude. From all reports, this is the best clubhouse they have had in years!
Dodger News & Notes
- It sounds to me like we may have seen the last of Juan Rivera who ruptured a tendon. At any rate, he’s out for a while, making the way for Mr. Van Slyke to get some significant playing time.
- Adam Kennedy shouldn’t get too comfortable, as Aaron Miles signed a minor-league deal and is working out at Camelback Ranch.
- Hariston to DL, Sellers back.
- Shawn Tolleson was torched in his first AAA outing.
- Have you seen that Rafael Furcal is hitting .362 with a .926 OPS? He has 127 AB’s with 6 SB in 7 chances. So far, he’s the All-Star SS.
- Jared Massey’s Minor League Report 5/11/12
- Badger just informed me that Lawdog passed away. I chose to remember him as a brilliant lawyer who loved the Dodgers and was passionate about life. RIP, Old Friend!