Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
9:31 am - Bother  
My main man, Jeff Weaver, now leads the majors in quality starts. Not that it mattered last night, because the Dodgers managed to lose the game despite his efforts. However, they took two out of three in Chicago over the weekend, and still have a 5½ game lead over the Giants, so there's no need for panic yet. I worry, though. There are reasons for concern.

First of all, Brad Penny was placed on the DL because of numbness in his forearm, the result of the biceps nerve injury he suffered in his second start with the team. That's not good, because DePodesta gave up a lot of good players to get this guy, and right now the team isn't getting a thing from him.

Second, Darren Dreifort has been a disaster so far as the setup man. It has to be a mental thing. He was fabulous in July. In fourteen appearances that month prior to the trade, he gave up a total of three hits and no runs, earned or otherwise. Then Mota was traded, and Dreifort took over as setup man. In his eight appearances since, he's given up eleven hits and nine earned runs. He's also 0-3 in those games, blowing three leads. Remember that up until Dreifort took over for Mota, the Dodgers hadn't blown a lead after seven innings all year. This leaves Jim Tracy in a tough spot. Does he try to ride it out until Dreifort gets his head together, or does he go with Yhency Brazoban, who has pitched well since coming up from the minors (1.50 ERA), but only has six major league games under his belt.

Meanwhile, the Marlins came into town last night, and the crowd got to cheer all three exiled ex-Dodgers. Lo Duca (who's been on fire since the trade) had a hit and scored, as did Encarnacion, and Mota did what a setup man is supposed to, and held the lead Dreifort gave them. It doesn't get any easier, either. Two more with the Marlins, and then the Braves come in to town.
Current Mood: worried
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deborah gdebg on August 17th, 2004 - 09:27 am
Dreifort may be suffering from the same thing our best closer, Matt Herges, is suffering from: exhausted arm.

But I tell you what, I'll put Jason Schmidt up against Jeff Weaver any day. And Schmidt doesn't throw tantrums.

You guys do have the best closer on earth, for which I am jealous, since our beloved Rob Nen is now probably lost to us forever.
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DXMachinadxmachina on August 17th, 2004 - 10:46 am
I'd rather have Schmidt, too. Weaver has been pitching very well lately, but I'd hardly call him a number one or even a number two starter. The big thing is is that he's been consistent. He won't be spectacular, but he hasn't been awful lately, either. He's just been piling up innings, which the Dodgers really need.

I'm wondering if Dreifort isn't hiding an injury. He does get hurt a lot.
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