The feeling that Tinkerbell has left the room settles in hard around here, especially with the Angels' depleted lineup finally going thump
in Baltimore. But settle in it has, as the Dodgers choked hard against the Reds, 6-3. In fact, the only redeeming thing to happen in baseball for me was the Cubs 4-2 win
today versus the Padres, effecting a three-game sweep. (Hint to the Dodgers: based on the last two games I saw there, you might try to hit hard down the left field line. All the homers were in the general vicinity of the Western Metals building, including José Macias' fluke two-run shot today.) Have the Angels had bad luck recently? Well, how about Sammy Sosa being scratched because of a bad sneeze
? Older players -- you'd think they could ask politely for a few days off!
At the very least, in today's game, Green and Beltre should have flip-flopped. And perhaps Cora could have been used in leadoff, I don't know. And now, the trip to Philly after a losing homestand. This could get ugly. Minus the hitting, the pitching isn't good enough to keep the team in close games.
The thing that bugs me is Gagné's lain fallow for so long I can't even remember the last time I saw him pitch.
Is it still too early to remind people that Baseball Prospectus projected the Dodgers to finish fourth