The Dodgers lost to the Angels today, for the third straight game, this time 13-6
, making a sweep of the exhibition Freeway Series. For all that the Dodgers were made up as an all-pitch, no-hit gang last year, the team got their licks in today, but couldn't string enough together to win. And if the Angels pitching was less-than-stellar -- Ramon Ortiz giving up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings -- the Dodgers pitching looked simply awful. The Angels failed to score in only two frames, but the embarrassing part was Ishii getting lit up by the Angels' second string team. This makes their spring record, according to the Angels' announcers, 12-22, the worst since moving to Los Angeles.
So: will Milton Bradley, with his projected 21.2 VORP help the team that much? I doubt it. PECOTA, whose numbers I distrust but still use in the absence of anything better, has as high a collapse rate as it does an improve rate, a scary prospect for a guy who's famous for fighting with managers and dogging out injuries. It's going to be a long year.