Sunday, April 13, 2008
They're Trying To Get Me To Swear: Padres 1, Dodgers 0
- For the entire time Frank McCourt has owned the team, he has consistently had a hide thinner than Kleenex. This means he is insanely worried about What People Will Say, and in particular, public annoyances like Bill Plaschke.
- The Dodgers are unwilling to cut losses. By signing a big risk with Andruw Jones, the Dodgers showed that while Ned Colletti understands he made a mistake with Juan Pierre, at the same time he fails to understand the pivotal lesson about sunk costs. The high-dollar deal made with Joe Torre merely adds an exclamation point to this example of hypersensitivity to (wrong, ill-informed) public opinion.
317. Lefty SupremacistExcept, of course, that Billingsley's previous performances were, in the main, simply godawful; he failed to get out of the third in his only other start this year, and his two relief appearances were uneven. Nevertheless, Bills pitched a fine game but his offense didn't support him; the good hitters will be bad just because they're facing Greg Maddux, and that's how things roll.
My goodness... This game is just... an omnibus of every last one of my frustrations.
Pierre over Kemp?...check.
Horrid managerial decision?...check.
Jones doing his thing?...check.
The good hitters looking bad?...check.
Billingsley on the hook for the L after a good outing?...check.
I honestly can't think of a single good thing that has happened so far.
One of the few things to go right for the Dodgers was roughing up — if not, in the end, enough — Trevor Hoffman, who looks increasingly dyspeptic on the mound. If the Dodgers have problems because of their veteran fetish, imagine how many games Hoffman will have to blow before Kevin Towers calls Hoffy in to his office and sits him down for that final talk.