The Dodgers Are Back

It’s been two weeks and I’m back, and the Dodgers are back.

This past weekend the Dodgers swept the Colorado Rockies in a three-game series. Yes, it’s true; they finally won three games in a row, their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Saturday’s game against Colorado was full of action. The Dodgers had a ten-run rally in the first inning. Matt Kemp with his first grand slam of his career and his first five-RBI game, was on fire. He now has an average of .318. Sweet! The final score was 11-3.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers headed east to face the Florida Marlins for another three-game series. It’s the top of the ninth; the score is tied at six with two outs, Ethier is at second. Old man Jeff Kent is up to bat. With a hit to center field, Ethier comes in to score and breaks the tie. The Dodgers lead 7-6.

Saito was brought in, in the ninth inning for the save, striking out
two. With a 7-6 win, the Dodgers are back to the .500 mark. Sweet!
And what’s even better, is that it seems Saito is also back, helping the Dodgers with their fourth straight victory. Last year, Saito ended the season with an ERA of 1.40. Currently, his ERA is at 2.38.

Just last night, the Dodgers had their fifth straight victory, beating the Marlins 13-1. Sweet!

I know it’s early in the season, but to me every win counts.

Rafael Furcal came through once again with five hits and three runs. Second in the league, with an average of .381, Furcal’s three-year contract with the Dodgers ends this year. Ned Colletti will need to start thinking about whether he wants to re-sign him. He’s stupid if he doesn’t.

Currently, leading the league with an average of .410 is third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones.

So as a Dodgers fan, watching Andruw Jones in the lineup pisses me off. After signing him to a two-year contract for $36.2 million-dollars, he sucks. With one homerun and 4-RBIs, his batting average is at a disgraceful .159. He sucks and he’s gain quite a few pounds. People say the camera adds ten pounds, but how many cameras are on him? Get it together Druw.

Another player that is a great disappoint is Jason Schmidt, who signed with the Dodgers at the end of 2006. The deal? $47 million-dollars for three years. Ugh! What a waste of money. He started the 2007 season and before you could say: F*@k the Giants! He was injured. What a waste.

But I guess it could’ve been worse, we could’ve signed Barry Zito. (-;
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the San Francisco Giants demoted Zito to the bullpen. What does this mean? Well for one, their $126 million-dollar pitcher will no longer be starting. This saddens me. Zito, who signed a seven-year contract with the Giants only six months ago, has a 7.53 ERA for the season. He has been unable to win any games this season.

Luckily, the Dodgers didn’t sign Jones or Schmidt for a seven-year contract.  Which makes me wonder? What will the Giants do with six more seasons of Barry Zito?

Zito’s stats for the season:
  • 0-6 in his six starts
  • 15 walks
  • 11 strikeouts
  • Has given up 30 runs
  • Averages 4-2/3 innings
No one expected Zito to perform the way he is, and now the Giants really need to consider what they want to do. For now, they hope by placing him in the bullpen, he will improve.

Although the Dodgers have made some bad decisions, signing Jones and Pierre, who isn’t even starting this season. I can stomach Pierre’s contract, but Zito, I would like to nominate him and his $126 million-dollar contract as the undisputed champion, of the worst MLB contract ever.

I wanted to end this post with a special treat. Below is one of the greatest baseball moments of all time. Where would you rank it? Top 100? Top 10? #1?
Kirk Gibson’s homer in the 1998 World Series against Dennis Eckersley is priceless. Gibson, who can barely walk, steps up to the plate to pinch-hit. It’s the bottom of the ninth, the count is 3-2…the rest is history. Enjoy!

National West Standings
Arizona 20 8 .714
Los Angeles 14 13 .519
San Francisco 13 16 .448
11 17 .393
San Diego 11 17 .393

Tomorrow, the Dodgers will face the Marlins in the final game of the series. In hopes of the sweep, pitcher Kuroda will go up against Marlins pitcher Badenhop.


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