Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Premonition: Dodgers 14, Marlins 5
This game was pretty much a laugher all the way through, save if your name happened to be J.D. Drew. Drew collected a golden sombrero, four strikeouts leaving five on base; he now has a .246/.379/.408 line, not appreciably better than Shawn Green's .248/.307/.383 line in Arizona. Of course, these are not park-adjusted numbers, but it does seem that Drew is slumping badly by his lights and needs to come back around.
As for everyone else: Izturis went 5-6, and how much else can you ask of your leadoff man? Bradley, Kent, Repko and Saenz all had great nights, and even Mike Edwards went 1-4 with a walk to keep his OBP up. Tomorrow: will they keep it going?
About the only downside the night had was Yhency's poor showing, giving up a pair of runs that raised his ERA to 3.86. Dodger pitching otherwise was at least acceptable if not great; Gagné came back to be the guy we remember, striking out two. If Paul Lo Duca was providing any lessons last night, they surely didn't work.
Two small, insignificant lowlights:
- Charlie Steiner's Encanarcion. Still. The sooner we get away from playing the Fish, the better I'll feel.
- I really felt sorry for the poor kid they put in for mopup duties, Travis Smith. A career minor leaguer, tonight was his third appearance of the year, and his fourth major league team since 1998. He's just a guy who's likely never going to make it; you have to admire the kind of determination it takes to stick it out in the minors that long. A 4-A type guy, he actually pitched 54 innings for St. Louis back in 2002, the year Darryl Kile died and the team was hopelessly shorthanded.