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Saturday, August 09, 2008

No Manny, No Problem: Dodgers 6, Giants 2

Manny Ramirez, perhaps in anticipation of his upcoming de-dredification, decided to go on strike yesterday, or at least his offense did; nonetheless, the Dodgers pulled out a win off the hapless Barry Zito, now 6-14 and probably the most hated free agent signing in San Francisco history.

Brad Penny's velocity was apparently off, but the Dodgers gave him a win anyway, on 76 pitches. One hopes he's not lying when he says his command is more important than the speedgun in judging whether he's really back.

Atlanta has not been a very good road team this year, but they pasted Doug Davis and the Snakes 11-6 last night, pulling the Dodgers to a half game back of Arizona. Tonight's game features quite a matchup, early season phenom Jair Jurrjens vs. Danny Haren, and Sunday will pit perma-DL-denizen Mike Hampton against Brandon Webb. Jurrjens hasn't won in his last two starts, but that was because of run support, as he pitched quality starts or better in four straight outings. I'm looking for a series split, so the Dodgers really need to sweep to keep pace. Against the Giants, even on the road, that should be doable.

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