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Saturday, July 10, 2010

What Happened To The Dodgers Bullpen? Dodgers 9, Cubs 7

Al Yellon framed this as a case of the Cubs scoring seven runs and losing anyway (only the seventh time since June 1 they've scored seven, BTW). Pointedly ignoring the Angels, whose ignominious sweep at the other end of Chicago struck me as an indicator of a team in deep trouble, I found this win not a little disturbing, mainly because of the three runs given up by the bullpen — and if you include inherited baserunners, four, robbing Chad Billingsley of a shaky but hitherto quality start.

The thief, in this instance, was George Sherrill, the former destroyer of souls but now merely another arm; at least, we can all agree, Joe Torre used him correctly, having him face only one man, lefty Tyler Colvin — who hammered one for an RBI double. Justin Miller finished the eighth, gave up a run of his own, and was allowed, after that shaky performance, to start the ninth as well. But Jonathan Broxton, even though he, too, gave up a run, at least managed to finish the game for a Dodger victory.

None of these, however, had Ronald Belisario's excuse for sucking: he hit the restricted list for substance abuse. It certainly explains, in part, anyway, why he hasn't been what he used to be.

Ted Lilly, who started the game for the Cubbies, is rumored to be on his way out, and while I have read elsewhere — and can't quite find a link for it now — that the Dodgers have been thinking of him as an option given they failed to get Cliff Lee (as if they ever were a serious contestant). Lilly, formerly a Dodger farmhand, never made it out of the fourth inning, and ended the day with an ugly seven earned runs. Three of those were due to a now sadly rare Russell Martin home run.

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