Thursday, June 26, 2008
Stults Stymies Sox: Dodgers 5, White Sox 0
So I can sort of see where the Dodgers were coming from in leaving him out of discussions of the rotation. Nevertheless, given the way this club has been built and the way it has progressed, it seems that guys like Stults only get their chances due to a catastrophe, and there's something inside me that screams at the injustice of that. I also remind myself that this may be Stults' high-water mark in the majors; it's a truism that baseball makes room for lefties, and his ability to make outs may very well depend on the league having not seen him very much. Nevertheless, congratulations are in order, and hopes for more good outings in the future — chances that he will apparently get after this outing. He ought to: he is the only Dodger starter with a winning record.
The offense was the big surprise, of course, with the Dodgers picking up five runs, all driven in by kids, including the final one by Stults himself on a sac fly. Really, considering the insincere and idiotic noise that Colletti has made about running the team lately, it's a healthy tonic.
Incidentally: the Dodgers are having some effect on the AL Central race, for with this win and the Twins' 9-3 beatdown on the Padres (Greg Maddux gave up seven runs, all earned, in 5.2 brutal innings), only a half game separates Minnesota from the still-in-front Chisox.