Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lackluster Recrap: I'm very sad for Jason Hammel

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2 (boxscore)

Well, so much for Jason Hammel getting on track and stringing together good starts for the first time in two months. Wow, this one here was actually about as bad as it can get when you consider who was missing from the opposition's lineup. Namely, Andre Ethier.

But really, the Dodgers plain stink no matter who's suiting up. so whatever hell you'd like to give Hammel for this one is more than justified.

While you're at it, give the offense some hell too. I understand they were fighting an uphill battle right out of the gate, but you honestly can't win that battle when only two or three guys are fighting for every at bat on a given night. Again, it's everybody or two or three. We need those periphery guys to step it up in every game, but especially games like this one.

Aside from Troy Tulowitzki, who's so locked it right now it's ridiculous. Aside from Todd Helton, who's just Todd Helton. Aside from Jason Giambi, who obviously doesn't play often. And aside from Carlos Gonzalez, who's fighting those nightly battles for the Rockies, and who's winning them at a successful clip?

On a typical night, if one of those above mentioned guys has an off night, it becomes difficult to score. If two of them have off nights, it's impossible to score. If they all do, you might as well sound the no-hitter alert so Dexter Fowler can save us with a single in the 8th inning.

Three positives

1. Josh Roenicke: Still unscored upon as a Rockie, for whatever that's worth. Once he does allow a run, I'm sure the floodgates will open.

2. Edgmer Escalona: Did allow a pair of runs in the 3 2/3 innings he worked, but I've been consistently encouraged by his overall game and liked the five strikeouts. Now when will his arm fall off with all of these multi-inning relief appearances piling up?

3. Eric Young: He stole his 12th base. And we're reallllly reaching at this point.

Final thought

No TV Saturday? Perfect. That gives me an acceptable excuse to find something better to do with my day! For starters, I plan on sleeping until mid-afternoon. And that starts.... now.