Next week in LA, Clayton Kershaw will drill Carlos Quentin with a fastball right in the ribs. Write it down. I guarantee it. Clayton doesn’t tolerate that crap. The only way it won’t happen is if Quentin is suspended, which he may be. It will most likely happen in the 7th or 8th inning with the Dodgers ahead. Clayton probably won’t be the first one to do it though. Quentin gets hit more than any batter in baseball because he doesn’t get out of the way very well. Then he gets offended, If Carlos thinks Greinke was throwing at him with a 3-2 at that time of the game, he is a complete idiot like Mattingly says.
This should be a lesson for any pitcher: If you are going charged by a man 50 pounds heavier than you, DON’T JUST STAND THERE. You will lose every time. You need to sidestep him and bash him in the throat or the back of the head and then pummel the hell out of him as he goes down. Straight up, Greinke loses. With a slidestep and a punch in the throat, he wins everytime. If you are going to get mugged, don’t just stand there. Do something! I have never been is fight that lasted more than a few seconds because I used the throat shot and no one can take that without falling to the ground and flopping around like a wet fish. Everyone tries to protect their face from a punch… no one thinks about the neck.
If you can, do what Nolan Ryan did to Robin Ventura. That’s what Quentin needs.
That said, after the season is over, we will look back at this pitch as the pitch that galvanized the LA Dodgers into a Band of Brothers! This will unite the team and Chris Capuano and/or Ted Lilly will step in and do well in Greinke’s absence.
Juan Uribe really may win the 3B job or at least get a lot more playing time.