Brad Penny was the scheduled starter for today, but was unable to go with arm stiffness. No problem, think the Dodgers. They will just plug in Derek Lowe, their veteran, World Series winning starter who should be able to step up and pitch well, despite being on 3 days rest. Everything will be fine.
Well, needless to say, he was absolutely terrible and lost the game once the 2nd inning was over.
I am just so sick of tired of Lowe pitching like a 3rd grade girl when the Dodgers need a good start out of him. That's now 5 starts in a row where he's been horrible, just horrible. I say this all the time about him - some days he looks like an ace, others like a batting practice pitcher. In the last year of his contract, I can't exactly say right now that I'd miss him if he's gone. His inconsistency is way too frustrating.
The Angels starter, Jared Weaver, came in with a rocky start to the year himself, so leave it to the Dodgers' bats to turn that right around. 7 K's in a little over 5 IP and the Dodgers looked helpless. Only a Jeff Kent 2-run single made the offense look somewhat competent. Notice I said "somewhat" and not "completely" or "totally."
I really don't even know what else to say about this game because it was bad pretty much all game long. Lowe sucked (again) and the bats were non-existent. It was another one of those bad starting pitching/bad hitting combos. The one that we've seen way too much of lately.
Thank God they can escape Anaheim and at least get 1 win out of it. The Cincinnati Reds come to town starting Monday, and they are hovering around the .500 mark and in 4th in the NL Central. But, they just knocked around the Indians' Cliff Lee today, something no other team has been able to do, so it's obvious they can hit. Brad Penny will attempt to make the start. It's the start of 6 straight at home as the St. Louis Cardinals will visit next.