Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The Dodgers' Season Is Over
I wish I could say I was saddened by it. The Dodgers seem determined to do the wrong things every time, whether it's signing and playing too many veterans or failing to recognize when certain players just don't have it anymore (I'm talkin' to you, Olmedo Saenz). We got a couple good weeks, and a fine early start, but this team just didn't have the stamina to finish the job. Let's hope Ned learns from his mistakes in 2008.
Update: It was the first time the Dodgers lost a doubleheader since a July 22, 1999, coincidentally against the Rockies, only this time at home, dropping the first game 4-1 behind Chan Ho Park, who took the loss despite a quality start and nine strikeouts. The Dodgers fell in the second game 12-11, with Jamie Arnold making only his second career start in an emergency appearance. Arnold gave up four runs in the first inning, allowing Neifi Perez to reach on a wild pitch and in fact allowing two runs to score before he even recorded his first out, and then gave up a two-run jack to journeyman Jeff Barry.
The Dodgers started the day in fourth place in the realigned NL West, and ended in last place, 8.5 games back of the Giants. They eventually finished third, at 77-85, but it was a harbinger of the mediocrity to come.
Update 2: For reference, the last time the Dodgers won both ends of a doubleheader, they were playing the Cubs on April 28, 2002, beating Chicago on the road 5-4 (W: Kaz Ishii (5-0), L: Juan Cruz (0-5)) and 4-1 (W: Andy Ashby (2-0), L: J. Bere (1-3)).
Update 3: Feedback, most of it predictable, from around the Dodgers blogosphere:
- Jon is weepy, or not.
- SOSG is speechless.
- MSTI just applied the toe tag.
- The Kamenetzky brothers are all down with the brutal truth.
- Tony Jackson had a premonition about this game:
They're not mathematically eliminated yet, but that's a little like me saying I still have a chance to date Jessica Alba before I die because I haven't died yet. But it could be worse. The boys are going to have a winning season. They would have to go 2-9 the rest of the way to not finish above .500, and even that would leave them 81-81, which is a whole lot better than where they finished just two years ago when they went 71-91 and everybody got fired, even though it took Frank and Jamie a good month to get around to canning DePo.
- On a related note, Diamond Leung mentions that Rafael Furcal was out with lower back tightness. Done for the season, I would guess; what does it matter now?
Game 2: Rockies 9, Dodgers 8: Recap • Yahoo Box
But Dodgers aside, great races in the NL!
You seee the Snakes have the best record in the NL? WOW! The Brewers are back in first and can the Phillies rteally knock out the Mets?
hmmm -seems there was a series for the Mets just after the regular season and right before the Cards "squished" them, that the Mets did OK. ;-) i even suggested during one game of the series you rename the site "9-4-2 double play" after the Drew-Kent incident.