The team that had not lost as many as three in a row has now lost five in a row! The iceberg has destroyed the hull. The ship is taking on water. There are no lifeboats. The rats are jumping off the ship. The world is ending. We will all be killed!
Now, take a deep breath and remember that things are not as good as they once seemed – the Dodgers were not going to play at a nearly .700 clip the rest of the season. However, may I suggest that they are not as bad as they seem right now, ESPECIALLY IF DONNIE BASEBALL DOESN’T HIT JERRY HARISTON AT CLEANUP! What got into you, Don?
So, it’s five loses in a row, now what? Well, I think there are a few lessons to be learned:
- Curveballers like Capuano often struggle at Coors – it’s just a fact of life. Now, Caps wouldn’t have looked as bad if his defense hadn’t betrayed him… which is the next point.
- Play players where their defense will be maximized. Hariston has seen the most time at 3B this year – leave him there. If DeJesus was going to play, it should have been at 2B (where is is most comfortable). Why that switch was made is beyond me. Hariston had 2 errors and DeJesus had 1. Out of position problems. Treanor’s error was an anomaly – he is a defensive specialist. It happens.
- Hot bats have to play. SVS got two hits last night and even though there is a right-hander pitching tonight, he needs to play. Loney does well in Coors so SVS has to play the outfield. How do you work him is with Abreu who needs to bat against a RH? Even though I don’t like it, it looks like SVS is the odd-man-out tonight.
- Tony Gwynn is seizing the day – leave him in CF and at lead-off for the foreseeable future.
- Castellanos has to play. DeJesus may be the best defender at 2B, but Castellanos is a stone-cold hitter. He has to play. I ranked him as the Dodgers #4 prospect this year – most blogs ignored him! He was 2-3 last night with 2 RBI. He can play LF, RF and 2B and has quite a bit of experience at 3B.
DODGER NOTES AND QUOTES
- Jamey Wright and Todd Coffey are train-wrecks. Shawn Tolleson needs a shot – Coffey, turn in your cup!
- Tony Jackson of ESPN/LA has a very, very interesting piece on Chad Billingsley. Here’s an excerpt:
Chad Billingsley is challenging to cover. Challenging because he is a good guy, a classy guy, a fan- and media-friendly guy. The type of guy even a veteran, cynical beat reporter tends to root for because that reporter wants so badly to write that Billingsley had a good game, that he pitched well, maybe even that he dominated the way we all thought he would one day do with regularity all those years ago as he was climbing through the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system and we were all salivating at the thought of what it was going to be like when he got here.
Sadly, though, following the Dodgers’ fourth consecutive loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night, this time 6-2 before 26,773 at Dodger Stadium, I am once again at a loss for the right words to use. I want to be diplomatic. I want to be tactful. I want to be delicate. But I also want to be credible, and so, I say this:
This is the same thing we have been watching for six years now. It hasn’t changed, and it probably isn’t going to. If Billingsley were a No. 5 starter, that would probably be OK. But he isn’t a No. 5 starter. He is a No. 2 starter, a former first-round draft pick, a guy with a three-year, $35 million contract that runs through 2014.
And he is average. Maybe even a little above average. He has, after all, reached double-digit wins in all five of his full seasons in the majors. He entered this season with a very respectable career ERA of 3.68. He was an All-Star just three years ago, at a point when it appeared he finally was blossoming into the reliable, consistent pitcher he always was supposed to be. Even now, he has a career won-lost record 72-56. That is a .563 winning percentage. Nolan Ryan‘s was .526.
- It’s time to do something different with C-Bill – trade him or put him in the pen. I’d offer the Red Sox C-Bill for Youkilis – Take it or leave it! Move on, there’s nothing to see here folks!
- Rumor has it that the Dodgers are interested in Ryan Dempster. – Yawn! Maybe…
- Ethan Martin could be called-up very soon. Last night, he pitched 7 innings, allowed 4 hits, ZERO RUNS, struck out 7 and walked 3. He is still a little wild, but has awesome stuff. – major-league top-of-the-rotation stuff!
- Jared Massey’s Minor League Report – 6-1-12