All of the things the Dodgers were doing during their recent winning streak has seemingly been thrown right out the window. They're now back to their old ways.
It was another weak effort last night as the game was essentially over after the 1st inning as the Houston Astros easily beat the Dodgers, 5-0. Chad Billingsley was lost in the first 2 innings, and the bats were in hibernation. Pretty sad effort all around.
Of course, nothing is quite as sad this year as Andruw Jones. Another 0-3, 2 K performance from the "big free agent signing." He has got to be the sorriest, worst, most pathetic, horrible excuse for a baseball player there is. He's a complete embarrassment and should be ashamed to even collect his paycheck for doing a big pile of NOTHING this year. I am now fully convinced that he's the worst player in the entire Major League.
As Karl Ravech said on Baseball Tonight, "Why is he playing over Andre Ethier?" Yes I know, the answer is the green stuff (not THAT green stuff, although I do feel like having plenty of it whenever I see Jones play).
Billingsley had come off 2 very strong performance, but wow, you wouldn't know that by watching him last night. The 'Stros just pounded him around for 5 runs in the 1st and 2nd. The big blow was a 2-out, 2-run double by Darin Erstad, a guy who hit a whopping .248 last year and .221 the year before that.
Obviously Rafael Furcal's absence hurts, as the offense looks ordinary without him there. But that's still no excuse for the other guys to play like they're not in the lineup either. Juan Pierre lead off again and was 0-4. Blake DeWitt hit 2nd and was 0-3 with a walk. Jeff Kent and Russell Martin were hitless. Matt Kemp, James Loney, and Chin-lung Hu all had 1 hit each. 3 hits and 2 walks was all they could gather. Furcal or no Furcal, that's pitiful.
The Dodgers will look to at least seem like a Major League team today by finishing up their homestand with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound. He was a bit shaky against the Mets last outing, and they really need him to step up. Like the last couple of days, Furcal will be a game-time decision.