LA Dodgers @ AZ Diamondbacks
5:10 PM PT
Ely looks to capitalize on the good luck he has had so far pitching against Arizona. He picked up his first career win against the Dbacks on May 11th, and in June he won 1-0 against them pitching 7 shutout innings and only allowing 2 hits which was his best performance to date. Ely has lost 6 of his last 7 starts in the majors, and I would love to see him go out and pitch like he did at the beginning of the season before he was sent back to AAA. He will face Daniel Hudson, another righty, who had a good outing his last time out vs. Pittsburgh.
John Lindsey will finally get his second opportunity to start today and will be playing at 1B instead of James Loney. Let's hope Torre doesn't pinch hit for him in the 7th inning only to bring in Kemp or Loney who will no doubt whiff at the plate predictably. Yet this most likely will in fact happen, since Kemp has the longest games played streak in the majors at 195 games. Looks like we will not go without a Kemp strikeout this evening. Oeltjen, who had a great game yesterday including a rbi triple, gets the start in center again instead of Kemp. Horrible Hu will be at shortstop today, which is ridiculously absurd since he is just plain bad. Looks like Torre doesn't plan on scoring any runs at the bottom of the lineup today. Reed Johnson who homered yesterday gets the nod in left field as well.
It looks like the Dodgers want to bring back Jay Gibbons next season. We'll talk more about decisions on next season's roster in future posts, but I like this idea. If we were to bring back just one of the players going into free agency for next season, I really do hope they sign Kuroda. If he were to choose to retire or go back to Japan then I could accept that. He has only played for the Dodgers, so if he were to sign with another team, then I would be pretty disappointed. I would definately pick Kuroda over Lilly in my opinion.
Let's continue the winning! Go Blue:)