Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I think Blake DeWitt has earned that starting job

Moises Alou had stolen home. Nelson Figueroa had walked to load the bases. Luis Castillo had an RBI. The Mets were up 4-1 in the 3rd, and it looked like a long night for the Dodgers.

Enter Blake DeWitt.

With the help of some excellent relief work, DeWitt provided the offense by driving in 4 of the team's 5 runs, including an inside-the-park home run to lift the Dodgers to a comeback victory over the Mets, 5-4. It's the 10th win in 11 games for LA, who remain the hottest team in baseball.

The start of the game sure didn't look promising for a win. Hiroki Kuroda was just awful. If he wasn't getting pounded, he was forcing Russell Martin to play goalie by constantly throwing balls in the dirt. It was by far his worst start of his brief career, not even lasting the 4th inning. With 8 hits and 3 walks, I'm shocked he only surrendered 4 runs. The Mets helped him out by leaving a whopping 8 men in scoring position with 2 outs. That's not going to get it done.

Like I said before, the bullpen was fantastic yet again. Hong-Chih Kuo K'd 8 in only 3.2 IP, to go along with 0 hits and only 1 walk. Wow. Jonathan Broxton got the hold with 2 K's in the 8th, and Takashi Saito got the save by K'ing Castillo looking to end the game with 2 runners on. It wasn't pretty, but hey, a save is a save, and closers will take it anyway they can get it (just ask Trevor Hoffman).

On a night where Rafael Furcal was scratched with a bad back, it's good to still see them post a W. All 5 of their runs were with 2 down, and they stole 3 more bases to reach 34, 2nd in the Majors behind San Francisco. Great win on a night where their starter was way off.

It's an afternoon set today, 3 p.m. my time, so I get to rush out of work and catch a good pitching duel between Brad Penny and John Maine. Let's hope Furcal is back in the lineup along with Andre Ethier, who's been odd man out with Pierre playing so well.

Hmm..... perhaps play Ethier for Andruw Jones? Now there's a great idea!!!

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