Fire Jim Tracy

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Russ' Dirty Deal

Do these numbers mean anything to you?

5, 14, 8, 11, 12, 12.

Those are the hit totals for the 4-2 Dodgers for each of the first six games.

Sometimes twelve hits gets you twelve runs (like it did on Saturday night), and sometimes it gets you four, like it did today. I can live with it.

Though today's game produced a few negatives (Lowe's injury, Sanchez's effectiveness, Izturis' fielding), let's acknowledge the positives.

- The reconstructed Dodgers offense is averaging a little over 10 hits a game. We've played 3 games at pitcher-friendly SBC, and 3 games at hitter-friendly Bank-One.

- J.D. Drew got his first two hits as a Dodger today. Though he has yet to break the .100 BA barrier, he's got a homestand to look forward to, and I'm excited to see how he plays in front of the fans.

- Cesar Izturis continues to smack the ball around, as does Jose Valentin, who went 2 for 5 today.

- Jason Repko ripped his first dinger in the bigs. We're pulling for him.

- And finally, Norihiro Nakamura arrived in grand style and got a hit in his first ever at-bat in the bigs. The way he's been hitting the ball in Spring Training and the minors, I wouldn't mind seeing him get a few ABs during the upcoming series with the Giants.

We lost the game, but I like our chances any time we scrape together 12 hits. Sometimes Lady Luck just isn't on your side, though Russ Ortiz wouldn't understand because he's blackmailed her with scandalous photos. And speaking of Lady Luck, let's keep our fingers crossed and hope the injury gods are kind to Lowe--we're approaching patience-of-Job territory here with Penny, Gagne, Alvarez, Werth, and Dreifort.

UPDATE: She spares us. Steve Henson reports that Lowe shouldn't miss a start. Phew.


  • Hey, I expect a little more criticism from you guys. Why was Tracy playing the infield in (instead of corners in, middle at doulbe play depth)with the bases loaded and one out? The d-backs ended up bouncing one up the middle that sure looked like it would have been caught by a second baseman playing at normal depth.

    By Blogger Adam, at 4/10/2005 06:37:00 PM  

  • I expect more criticism from me too. The problem here is that I'm the obsessive Jim Tracy hater around these parts, and I just didn't get a chance to follow the game today. For one, I'm still blacked out. For two, I could check score updates every once in a while but that's about it. Momma said there'd be days like this -- we hope you guys pick up the slack when they do.

    By Blogger Steve, at 4/10/2005 06:57:00 PM  

  • I'll admit to not knowing what the right call is in the 8th inning of a tie game with men at the corners and one out. I personally thought Sanchez walking Green was the dumbest thing that happened in that inning.

    By Blogger Jerry Fors, at 4/10/2005 07:22:00 PM  

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