Highlight of Dodgers’ Loss: Scott Baker Not Terrible

Despite allowing home runs to Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris, the LA Dodgers’ newest starter, 33-year-old veteran Scott Baker, was not terrible, and certainly earned more opportunities on a starting staff ravaged by horrible personal decisions and mounting injuries. On a staff molded together with duct tape and spit that now includes two stars and a whole bunch of “Who? I though injuries ended his career years ago?” type names, Baker pitched as well as anyone not named Greinke has for the team so far this season.

Other big news items from today include the fact that Alex Guerrero started at third base, collected a single and hit his fifth home run in only 22 at bats, and that more importantly, he did not commit an error at third base. Without access to broadcasts of Dodgers' games - THANK YOU Time Warner, SportsNet LA and the Los Angeles Dodgers - I cannot comment on how he actually looked out there, but stats show that he had three balls hit to him at third, and that apparently he
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bobbled none of them, and threw no balls into the stands behind first base.

Also, the team placed both Yasiel Puig and Joel Peralta on the disabled list, thus giving Andre Ethier more playing time, and again making the choice of a closer a crap shoot among no viable choices.

Continuing to play MVP-caliber ball for the Padres, former Dodgers’ star Matt Kemp had another good game, with a double in three at bats and a stolen base. The three Dodgers’ everyday players acquired in the offseason contributed a big, but typical, one-for-eight, but the one player of the three actually playing well, second baseman Howie Kendrick, did not start, but grounded out as a pinch hitter. If you look at the stats for the season to date between the three players the Dodgers either refused to re-sign (Hanley Ramirez) or traded away for various piles of garbage (Kemp and Dee Gordon), one has to wonder what were the powers that be thinking:

Let Go:Home RunsRBIAverageStolen Bases
Matt Kemp114.3504
Dee Gordon010.3908
Hanley Ramirez817.3001
New Hires:
Jimmy Rollins17.1863
Howie Kendrick312.3031
Yasmani Grandal12.2170

Two stats that particularly stand out are the difference in batting average, .236 for the new guys as opposed to .349 for the guys that the team gave away, and the fact that the three ex-Dodgers have stolen 13 bases so far this season, 12 by Gordon and Kemp alone, while the entire 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers’ team has stolen a grand total of six bases.

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The Dodgers will start a three game series at home against the Giants tomorrow night, followed by four off days. Well, one day off and then three games against Arizona, which is pretty much the same thing. Brett Anderson (5.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, .328 opposing B.A.), also held together with the duct tape and spit that failed Brandon McCarthy in his fourth game, starts the opener, his fourth game as well, against San Francisco, and he will be followed by
Clayton Kershaw and Greinke.

I would expect to see Mike Bolsinger start the Friday opener against the D’Backs, but with this management, this staff, and with the empty uniform non-manager don mattingly, it could just as well be Kevin Correia or Ted Lilly.

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