The news of the day started with Manny being on the 15 day DL. He has a strained right calf. The second item: Charlie Haeger didn’t do too badly, not great, but he survived. The bullpen has gone from being the best last year to being dismal this year. Sherrill seems to have lost his mechanics. Kuo and Belisario returned to the team being less than efficient. Billingsley has gone back to the two person Good Bills and Bad Bills, which dictates which Chad will be pitching. Consistency is not in his repertoire.
The offense has been the strong suit of the Dodgers. Matt Kemp had an eleven game hitting streak going into last nights game. He has the most homeruns and RBIs. They have six players with averages of .300 or better. Somehow they hit a roadblock in Friday nights game called Luis Atilano who was making his major league debut for the Nationals. He was impressive.
Russell Martin has been hitting much better than last year. Manny has had an outstanding start. Casey Blake who usually has a slow April started out strong. Raffy Furcal is looking sharp again in offense and defense.
The weak link is the pitching. I think this will be the part of the team that will be most affected by Frank and Ned’s decision not to put any money out. We let Jon Garland go. We did not want to pay Randy Wolf what he wanted. We also did not keep Derek Lowe the year before. Any of these pitchers would have added a little oomph to the team. Everyone kept saying that both of the Ortiz’s did well in ST. I know that whenever Joe Torre chose either of the Ortiz’s in relief, I knew the game was over. Am I wrong? He kept Ramon Ortiz in way too long. How many walks should a pitcher have before he is replaced?? I think he will join the other Ortiz as DFA. It is not a good thing that Jeff Weaver is on DL since he was the strong middle reliever. Broxton has not pitched since Sunday, so he may be rusty.
The Dodgers seem to do better at home with their fans than on the road. They definitely do not get any love from other fans. What is not lovable about Matt, Andre, James and Russell? I know Virginia and Jane love their Yankees but I love my Dodgers. I have been able to see many aspects of their personalities that make them very endearing. James Loney is funny. He makes the craziest faces and seems so intense. He also has the messiest locker. Andre is the team dreamboat. He has to be the best looking baseball player in baseball. However, he is very hard on himself. He shows his displeasure toward himself on the field. He seems to be less hard on himself this year. Matt is fun loving, probably most talented of the Dodgers. He is down to earth, friendly. I told him that I was sad that I have to share him with Rihanna and he gave me an embarrassed but hearty laugh. Russell Martin is all business once he starts practicing on the field. He is very focused. Hopefully he gets his all star quality back this year.
Prayers and good wishes to one of my favorite Dodger coaches, bench coach, Kenny Howell who had part of a big toe amputated from complications of diabetes.
I can’t wait until the Dodgers return home. There will be UCLA night, USC night, fleece blanket night, more buffet,
Thanks everyone for checking in. I hope your team is doing well.