Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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That was quick. Nomar was one of the first players to file for free agency as he’ll get to test the market after winning the comeback player of the year for the Dodgers.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers can get him to come back. They were the ones who gave him a chance but it’s hard to tell what you’ll get with Nomar. On the one hand, he had an .872 OPS. On the other, he missed 40 games. So you get some quality production but you can’t rely on him to be there the entire season.
The Dodgers have a new director of player development. De Jon Watson was the Indians director for player scouting the past three years and he’s also been a director of scouting for the Reds. Watson replaces Terry Collins, who recently left to coach the Oriz Buffaloes in Japan.
Man, this playoffs were a drag. I know, eight teams get in and only one team makes it all the way but to go out looking as bad as we did was pretty disappointing. And now the Mets and Cardinals are limping their way through the NLCS and I know the Dodgers could be doing just as well against the Cardinals then the Mets are.
Now it’s time to move on though, and this story at MLB.com is a pretty good read on how the front office is already moving forward.
Also, this is very cool. It’s an online journal of Chin-Lung Hu’s experiences at the Arizona Fall League.
Talk about a must win situation. The Dodgers back’s are against the wall now and they’ll need to win three straight games to move on to the NLDS. The Dodgers never got their bats going in this one and it cost them dearly.
Hong Chih Kuo gave up only four hits in 4 1/3 innings but he walked two and gave up two runs. Bret Tomko didn’t fare much better and after getting only two outs, he left the game with two runs to his credit. Wilson Betemit hit a solo homerun late in the game, but the Dodgers never really could string together a big inning, regardless of who was throwing for the Mets.
Now, it’ll be up to Greg Maddux on Saturday to keep the Dodgers’ season going. He’ll go head to head with Steve Trachsel.
Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand gernades and the Dodgers almost pulled this one out. They jumped out to an early lead, gave it up, came back, gave it up again and almost came back again. They’ll just have to get the job done tomorrow.
Derek Lowe didn’t have his best stuff and he gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Brad Penny actually took the loss because he gave up those final two runs that ended up making the difference.
Nomar Garciaparra drove in two runs and Wilson Betemit scored twice. The lineup did strikeout twelve times, three of which were done by Kenny Lofton.
Tomorrow, it’ll be Kuo versus Tom Glavine. Hong-Chih needs to get it done tomorrow if the Dodgers are going to have a chance to move on.
At least the Dodgers have some nice momentum heading into their NLDS against the New York Mets. Their head to head record against the Padres cost them home field but at least they’re in the dance. It looked very spotty last week but the Dodgers pulled it out and in winning fashion no less.
The Dodgers scored four runs in each of the three wins over the Giants, which goes to show you that they got some good pitching. On Friday, the Dodgers were down until the ninth when Olmedo Saenz and Russ Martin had RBI singles to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win. Hong Chih Kuo pitched five solid innings and Jon Broxton picked up the win despite getting only one batter out. Takashi Saito picked up the save.
Yesterday, the Dodgers doubled up the Giants 4-2. Greg Maddux picked up his 15th win and both Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew drove in two runs in the win. Kenny Lofton went three for five with two runs to help out.
Today the Dodgers won but they didn’t need it. Eric Stults got the start as the Dodgers seemed to put their B team out on the field. Chad Billingsley got the win with an inning of relief. Ramon Martinez drove in two runs and Toby Hall had two hits in the 4-3 win.
Next up is the Mets in the playoffs. The Dodgers and Mets are the odd series out and they won’t start up until Wednesday. Good luck Dodgers.
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