Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Penny rocked, Dodgers squashed

Brad Penny did absolutely nothing right today as the New York Mets teed off on him on their way to a 12-1 win. 4 runs in the 2nd and 6 more in the 5th was plenty of runs on a day where the Dodgers' bats didn't do anything either.

Penny looked completely lost out there today. Much like Kuroda the night before, he was consistently... inconsistent. He would get behind hitters, be unable to locate his fastball, and the batters just sat on his fat pitches and hit single after single. It was not at all an encouraging start to say the very least.

Of his 112 pitches, 71 were for strikes, with plenty of them via the foul ball. Give the Mets credit - they had a great gameplan and followed through to perfection. His final line was 4.2 IP, 10 H, 10 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Yikes.

John Maine was awesome from the start, and it was established early on that the Dodgers were in for a long afternoon. He nearly pitched a complete game shutout, but that was denied in the 9th when Matt Kemp had an RBI-single to score Andruw Jones and extend his hitting streak to 11 games. That's about the only bright spot from today. The game was that bad.

For those of you that didn't see the game, be thankful. Also, do not be fooled when you look at the box score and see that Jones had a pinch-hit double. Please. It was a complete cheeseball, bloop double down the right field line. To call that a double is a disgrace. Pretty much like Jones' entire year.

The good part is that the Dodgers did indeed take this series 2-1, which is a good sign against a team like the Mets, even if they are not playing that great right now. After an off day tomorrow, the Houston Astros will be coming to town. Roy Oswalt should be avoided, but considering how bad he's been this year, that may not be a good thing.

The off day also means a couple of things. The first is that the 5th starter should be skipped, so Kuroda will go on Sunday. The second is that it's another day of rest for Rafael Furcal, who will hopefully be back in the lineup on Friday. With the way he's played, they need him to win, bottom line.

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