Thursday, May 20, 2004
Becalmed: Phillies 9, Dodgers 4
There's a reason this web site exists. Unfortunately, a lot of people had begun to forget that reason. There's no forgetting anymore, however. The Dodgers lost their sixth in a row Wednesday, and it's increasingly clear that the team is finally living up to expectations—low expectations. The Dodgers have lost sole possession of first place, and along with that, have lost the confidence (or cockiness) they had just a couple weeks ago. It's only mid-May, but this streak has the potential to really screw them up... as well as scare off the bandwagon fans who were suddenly believers in the team (which, actually, would be a welcome occurence).-- Dodger Blues
I have made mention of the problems the team might have in the past. Bradley isn't really a true heart-of-the-order masher. Neither is Encarnacion. The pitching has regressed a lot from last year, especially with Nomo. Alvarez is a lot of things, but another way to spell Brown he is not.
And now the Padres are tied with us for first place. This team will have losing streaks for sure, but we haven't faced a genuinely contending team with their pitchers in full working order until the Phillies. Kerry Wood, you will recall, had back stiffness when we beat the Cubs. I'm predicting a sweep in Philly, with one win but a series loss in Atlanta.