Roy Halladay is still in Toronto, but Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Jarrod Washburn, Carl Pavano, Justin Masterson, Ian Snell, Clayton Richard, and even Pedro Martinez, all have new major league homes. While I emphatically said that there is no way the Dodgers should or could trade Clayton Kershaw, a deal for one of these starters could have been worked out, but the Dodgers felt they did not have to make a move, because they had, ………… Jason Schmidt.
Well, after four 2009 starts, bringing his lifetime total as a Dodger to 10 ($4.7 Million per start), Schmidt is back on the DL, and his Dodger and MLB career are quite likely finis’.
The Dodgers may be in first, but they have lost the distinction of having baseball’s best 2009 record, and their division lead is shrinking. Chad Billingsley has been hurting, Hiroki Kuroda has been inconsistent, the rotation now includes Scott Elbert, whose next start will be his first, and Jonathan Broxton has not been the consistent given he was before the All-Star game – is it his sore toe, overwork, or what? What this adds up to, is that the Dodgers, as dominating as they have been in so many aspects of the game, and for virtually the entire season to date, today do not look like a team that can win a playoff series against teams like Philadelphia and the oh-so improved Cardinals.