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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Now Arriving On Track One From Obscurity: Dodgers 4, Rockies 2

Pop quiz: Let's say you were about to make a lineup to face Jason Jennings, RHP, starter for the Colorado Rockies, 11-12, 5.69 ERA in 32 games. Jennings' line against lefties is .339/.441/.573, while his line against righties is .268/.322/.407. Do you
  1. Use the standard lefty-righty lineup --
    Izturis LH
    Werth   RH
    Finley  LH
    Beltre  RH
    Green   LH
    Ventura LH
    Cora    RH
    Mayne   LH
    Lima    RH
    
  2. -- or do you do something creative and bold that forces Jennings to pitch to lefties at the top of the order --
    Izturis LH
    Green   LH
    Finley  LH
    Beltre  RH
    Werth   RH
    Ventura LH
    Cora    RH
    Mayne   LH
    Lima    RH
    
    with a little power at the three-spot?
In retrospect, I would have chosen (2), but that's with hindsight. Tonight, the Dodgers would threaten and then bounce out harmlessly whenever a righty would appear at the plate. The left-handed starters in today's game went 8-20, or .400. The righties were 0-16.

Maybe next time Tracy will do things a little differently.

Lima pitched brilliantly, one run in seven innings. Gagné, on the other hand, didn't look sharp at all, and I absolutely question Tracy's reasoning to put him out there given his late medical condition. Save him for the Giants and give him as much rest as you can. On the other hand, Tracy took two chances that paid off brilliantly: having Choi, who has barely seen a pitch this month, come up and pinch hit, and likewise Ross, who slugged the game-winner.

At least the magic number went down by one. We're guaranteed the Giants will have to sweep us at home and win a single-game tiebreaker -- in San Francisco on Monday, if needed -- to win the division. The bad news, though, is that the offense looked as feeble and wretched as it did last Wednesday, when I wrote off the team, not a good sign for the upcoming series.

Recap


Comments:
Rob;
I think maybe Tracy was trying to go all out to finish off the race last night with the hope that the Padres could come back coupled with the fear of going into the final series two games up instead of three. Big difference there, thus the ill advised use of Gagne whom he could have rested for the Giants series had they closed it out. Besides the fact that the Dodgers have been playing pathetic Western Division teams, they are using up a great deal of luck even beating them and Tracy and his staff probably realize that.

I made the remark on Dodger Thoughts that maybe Gagne's arm is done for the season and there is very definitely that possibility and I was roundly booed for it (icaros).

I actually do have a sense of humor and I meant nothing derogatory by the "frontrunner" remark that so irritated you. I apologize for that.

AHB
 
Thanks.
 

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