The last few days have seen the Dodgers go from a slow start to the verge of implosion. They will take the field soon for the final game of a three game series in San Francisco, having lost the first two on walk-off game winning Giants’ homers. Friday night, in the bottom of the ninth, it at least was a legit star that beat them, as Buster Posey, reigning NL Most Valuable Player, homered to end the game. Last night, after the team blew 8-7 and 9-8 leads, it was, of all people, Guillermo Quiroz, who hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth, to give the game to the Giants. For Quiroz, a 32-year-old journeyman who has been with seven teams over parts of nine seasons, it was his third career home run.
With a starting staff in shambles, the team last week recalled Matt Magill, and in his first start against Milwaukee, did reasonably
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|well. Las night, however, he was knocked out in the second inning, giving up five runs to the Giants. I’m sure the team is searching for someone, anyone, to fit into the rotation, as the disabled list now includes FIVE starting pitchers. Magill is actually now the number four stater, out of four. Chris Capuano is penciled in to come off the DL to start tomorrow. If he is unable to make it, they may have to call me to start.
As I am sure the baseball world is aware, Hanley Ramirez returned on April 29th, played in four games, hit .455 with power, and got hurt again and is
back on the DL himself. The one guy who has hit for the Dodgers from day one this season, Adrian Gonzalez, will miss tonight’s game, his third straight, with hopefully a minor injury. Mark Ellis, batting .342 and clearly the number two guy on that short list of players the team has been able to count on this season, has not played since April 26.
I cannot even mention the bullpen. Suffice it to say, they are bringing back the nickname the old LA Angels of the 1960s saw inflicted on their bullpen: The Arson Squad.
But there is good news. Among the carnage, the Dodgers did recall Dee Gordon, and he has played well, so well, that I really hope he stays at short, and when Hanley returns, the empty suit of a manager sees the light and moves him to third base, replacing the Luis Cruz (.095) and Juan Uribe (.231) tandem.