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Monday, May 2, 2011

Ethier Looks to Extend Streak; Bullpen Still Weak

Cubs @ Dodgers
7:10 pm
Game 1

What a horrible weekend of baseball for us Dodger fans. Losing the home series to the last place Padres really gives us a reality check and raises many concerns. We're last in the league in relief pitching ERA, our catchers throw balls into center field on a daily basis, and the offense is hit or miss. This is unacceptable.

Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.52) will look to settle down since allowing 12 runs in his last three outings, and will go up against rival lefty James Russell (1-3, 8.31) who has had some trouble this season. Cubs Manager, Quade wasn't sure if the 25 year-old would be allowed another start after giving up 3 homeruns in each of his last 2 games, but he's giving him another go.

Andre Ethier will try to extend his amazing 27 game streak tonight. He is only 4 games shy of the Dodgers record holder Willie Davis who holds the record with 31 games straight back in '69.

Hong-Chih Kuo struggled in his first appearance since coming off the DL. His velocity was down, and his control was out of whack. After the game, he said he wasn't sure what was wrong. Kenley Jansen was disappointed in being called down to AA, but Mattingly said the move was because he had options and would be back sometime this season since he is seen as part of the future of this club.

Rafael Furcal could resume some baseball activities soon. Three weeks after he broke his left thumb, he says it doesn't hurt and he's getting bored being on the DL. Let's hope he returns swiftly since I am sick of seeing Aaron Miles in the lineup.

Lineup:

Carroll 6
Sands 3
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 5
Thames 7
Barajas 2
De Jesus 4
Kershaw 1

Looks like Sands will be starting at first base instead of Loney and batting second in the lineup. Thames, sigh, gets the start in left field. But let's be thankful Miles is sitting out as well. De Jesus will be playing at second base.

The Dodgers hope to get back to .500 tonight. They are currently 4 1/2 games back of Colorado. Go Blue:)

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