Sunday, August 10, 2008
Broxton Blows It: Giants 3, Dodgers 2 (10 Innings)
- It ignores the basic nature of baseball as a team sport. Baseball is rife with examples of teams that had One Big Bat but little else; the recent editions of the Reds sporting Ken Griffey, Jr., for instance, or the many incarnations of the late 90's/early 2000's Cubs for whom Sammy Sosa was the only offense. Vlad Guerrero, on the Expos prior to his rescue by the Angels. I could go on.
- It fails to provide a balanced attack. In the current Dodger lineup, Manny can be pitched around, as could Vlad prior to the Teixeira acquisition, etc.
You've gotta beat the bad teams, and the Giants are a bad team. The Dodgers couldn't take advantage of an 11-4 Braves win over Arizona to advance in the standings, and so fall — once more — to .500 at 58-58. Getting Manny was a huge mistake, an enormous misreading of the team's position in the standings and its ability to execute, a blunder of the same order as that made by Bill Bavasi with this year's Mariners. Sure, they'll get a little help from an injury to starting Arizona second baseman Orlando Hudson in tonight's game that will likely sideline him for the balance of the year, but winning the division with a losing record shouldn't be the Dodgers' principle goal.
While I agree I wish LaRoche had ever gotten a fair shake at 3B, the Dodgers gave up WAY less than the M's did, and you certainly can't argue that Manny is producing, which the M's didn't even get out of Bedard. Besides, while the M's should have known they weren't good enough, the Dodgers were only a game out. While that's of course due to the mediocrity of Arizona, it doesn't make getting into the playoffs count any less, especially with the pitching staff the Dodgers have.