Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Getting it done

This is Humma, returning from a burst aneurysm -- he sat who?! -- to say that yesterday's finish meets with my approval. Scoring from second on an infield single by Delwyn "Pee-Wee" Young? Yes, we approve heartily.

Having a healthy Furcal on the team might just be the best thing we have going -- and as someone who has drunk deeply at the cooler of Kemp-Loney-Martin-Ethier-DeWitt-Billingsley-Broxton manlove, that is a great compliment indeed.

What I was happy to see last night was the patient Dodgers -- the Dodgers who worked Matt Cain to the tune of 113 pitches. Even Pierre got into the act, working a count full. It didn't work itself into runs -- though I was convinced that it would happen in the fateful 6th, it didn't -- it is still the right approach. And it DID eventually pay off against the weak, weak Giant bullpen. Keep it up, friends.

In other news, today's lineup meets with the Humma Kavula seal of approval:

Rafael Furcal, SS
Russell Martin, C
Andre Ethier, LF
Jeff Kent, 2B
Andruw Jones, CF
James Loney, 1B
Matt Kemp, RF
Blake DeWitt, 3B
Chad Billingsley, P

Best possible lineup under the circumstances. Not a weak spot 1-7, and even the eight-spot has been holding his own so far.

Bring your brooms, lads.


jimbilly4 said...

My broom has been broken asunder.

More seriously, the weather made that a very weird game. I am not sure why Torre suddenly decided, yes, I will use Billingsly. The weather was quite obviously going to turn. Did he think he could take that one 1 run lead into the 5th and get a rain out?

With the obvious caveat that they have only played 3 games,

Person who most needs to get it going: Russel Martin.

Person who has most surprised: Dewitt.

Martin has just looked awful. Kemp has looked not so great himself, but he has a hit and fewer at bats. He is a golden god, so I expect some sort of immaculate conception to occur in the next few games. A home run, perhaps?

Dewitt has not been tearing the cover off the ball, but he has been making terrific contact at the same time several of his team mates have been missing entirely. Some of his hits have been decidedly lucky, but you could take .200 points off his .556 opening start and still be satisfied.

Humma Kavula said...

If I'm not mistaken, DeWitt has also been sharp in the field. I recall him starting off a 5-4-3 double play quite nicely.

So since he's hitting and fielding so well, it's a good thing that the Dodgers are about to replace him with Wes Helms, who does neither.

Martin said...

I miss 71and91. But he seems to be focused on Joe Beimel.