Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What's good, what's not

I am -- finally! and at long last! -- falling in love with this team. Of course, I have finally been given a team that I can fall in love with, so maybe that's no surprise.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to watch James Loney, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, Jonathan Broxton, Takashi Saito, Brad Penny, Derek Lowe, and Chad Billingsley play ball for my team. It is also good to see Andre Ethier come back around, and I have high hopes for Tony Abreu, though I also believe that he might need more time in the minors. I believe that Hong-Chih Kuo will prove himself to be a back-of-the-rotation starter. I am enjoying the fine swan-song season from Luis Gonzalez. Wilson Betemit is fun off the bench and it would be good to see him get a second chance (though I admit that he got a good look in April and May and didn't do much with it). Rafael Furcal is a fun player when he's not hurt (and I believe he may be hurt more than he's letting on). Get well soon, Andy LaRoche, and get back to the majors. It is a good time to be a Dodger fan.

Of course, it's not perfect. And OutWatchers got the best non-Pierre-benching-or-even-Pierre-related news out there: in deference to James Loney's bat, Nomar Garciaparra -- the poor-hitting first baseman -- is moving to third base soon. If the management is willing to do this with Nomar -- one of the faces of the team -- we know what's next....

...less and less of this:

1. Grounded to second. #245.
2. Grounded to second. #246.
3. Reached on error. Should have been a DP... instead, #247 and noted it in the addendum.
4. Flied to left. #248.
5. Singled to center.

1-for-5, three outs. 2 RBI, a run scored. As excited as I am about the team, I just can't get excited about that... Tells you all you need to know.

Today was a fun win, and as we get more and more lineups with both Kemp and Loney in there, it'll get more and more fun.


Mike said...

Go fuck yourself hater. You dont fool me.

Humma Kavula said...

Thanks for your comment!

I'm sorry that I didn't fool you. That was the primary purpose of my post: to fool "mike." Curses!

I will try to find a way to follow your suggestion, but (a) I'm not really all that flexible, and (b) I'm just not that into me. But thanks for the suggestion.

All the best!

jimbilly4 said...

First of all the traditional greeting:

Go suck Depodesta's cock, you fuck, fucker.

Now that unpleasantness is out of the way. Juan has 248 outs, as his error is cataloged officially as an out. It is an at bat that was not a hit (or a sacrifice). Thus the need for the addendums. It will be interesting to see how much the reached on errors will cancel out base-running errors, i.e. how close the formula is to the true number of outs caused.