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Monday, September 27, 2010

Final Road Series Land Dodgers in Rocky Territory

LA Dodgers @ CO Rockies 
5:40 PM PT
Game 1

Ted Lilly

Ubaldo Jimenez

Furcal 6
Theriot 4
Ethier 9
Loney 3
Kemp 8
Blake 5
Oeltjen 7
Ellis 2
Lilly 1

Bullpen meltdowns have become the Dodgers trademark of the 2010 season, yet even when foreseen, I still get frustrated and angry every time. Although George Sherrill had a bit of a streak where he was amazingly playing like ya know a major league level pitcher, it looks like he is back to his stomach churning ways. If I see him in a Dodger uniform next season, I will be supremely pissed. The other meatball hurler, Jonathan Broxton, looks like a deer caught in the headlights when batters are hitting 2 run homers off his first pitch to them in relief. I was totally on the Brox bandwagon earlier in the season, giving him the benefit of the doubt when he was having some tough times. I chalked it up to Torre overworking him. I look back now, and I can't help but remember his calamities of yesteryear in the postseason. I think they should trade him for a power hitter and go with Kuo/Jansen as closers next year. 

Ted Lilly and the Dodgers look to stick a fork into Colorado's hope for a spot in the postseason. After a late season surge, the Rockies have now fallen to 4 1/2 games behind the Giants who are nauseatingly in first place in the NL West. They have lost 5 of their last 6 games. Ubaldo Jimenez will be going for his 20th win. Look for Ted Lilly, who has a horrendous 10.03 ERA at Coors Field, to give up some predictable homeruns, perhaps to  Troy Tulowitzki or Cargo who has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games with a .404 batting average during that time. Lilly has lost 4 in a row, and never has regained the form he had in his first 5 games with the Dodgers. Lilly did pitch well against the Rockies on August 19th, when he threw a 2 hit shutout against them at Dodger Stadium. 

Luckily for the Dodgers they're escaping the heat wave we are experiencing in LA, and get to play in cooler Colorado. Downtown Los Angeles reached an all-time record of 113 degrees today!

Torre returns to the normal lineup today, except for Oeltjen in right field. I'm pleased I won't have to watch Reed Johnson's loathsome defense today. 

Go Blue:)

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