Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sports: Dodger blues

Will the Dodgers win another baseball game?

The problems:

(1) Starting pitching:
Penny had the strong 2 innings in the All-Star game but you can't throw like that routinely. Lowe was a contact sinker ball pitcher and now he is a contact surrender runs pitcher. Sele was a surprise in the first half but he is known to run out of gas in the 2nd half of the season. Hendrickson hasn't won yet. Billingsley is a rookie and for the moment the only pitcher to win a game for the Blue since the All-Star break.

(2) Relief pitching:
Erratic; in the first half, they could be lights out or the arson squad. Now, with no offense to speak of, by the time the ball gets to the bullpen the Dodgers are behind and they can be lights out and it doesn't matter.

(3) Hitting:
The rookies probably were hitting above their level in the first half but now they are coming to earth. The veterans have been injured or not hitting up to expectations or both.

Pretty hard to win if you don't score and your pitchers can't contain the other team.

Will the Dodgers win another baseball game?

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