I would consider myself a baseball purist. That being said, I will take a pitcher's duel over a 10-9 ball game any day of the week, am I alone?
Out of say 8 of my colleagues, I would say only 2 (including me) can watch a full baseball game. All the others are football fans. If those football fans are watching baseball they would rather see a 10-9 home run packed game. Not me. Last night in Los Angeles the pitching matchup lived up to the hype. Jake Peavy and Clayton Kershaw combined for 15 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks and 0 runs. However, the Dodger's proved one reason why they should win the division, a better bullpen, not to mention the hottest closer in baseball in Jonathan Broxton where the only drama seems to be whether he will strikeout the side or not.
Not only do I enjoy watching a pitcher dominate hitters, and the chess match between him and the batter, but I also enjoy the length of the game in a pitcher's duel. Less pitching changes, less batters coming to the plate equal a quicker game, lasts night game was 2:48. Rarely do you see a pitcher's duel over 3 hours which is good for everyone (including my relationship with my finacee).
The Dodgers made it 8-0 at home as they again showed their patience at the plate, drawing 2 walks in the 9th (Manny had an intentional walk) one to score the winning run. The Dodgers also won their 15th game in the division last night.
Apparently the Dodgers are drawing some national attention in the way they are playing as this week's Sports Illustrated predicted that Los Angeles will be playing deep into October due to the deep lineup (Oh yes that is right, I did write a blog on this subject early in the season, thanks for asking).
In other Dodger news:
With Ex-Yankee Jeff Weaver's impressive bullpen performance this week, he may replace James McDonald's spot in the rotation. Weaver pitched for Torre in NY, also being considered is another onetime Yankee and Philly Eric Milton.
Torre announced that the 8th inning set up role for Broxton no longer belongs to Hong-Chih Kuo. Eventually it will be Cory Wade's job, fresh off the DL. Kuo was then put on the DL with an injury to the left elbow, same one that has had Tommy John surgery.
Apparently Torre has been talking to Tony La Russa. Torre batted Juan Pierre 9th so he could get on base for the top of the order. This has been a staple of La Russa, batting the pitcher 8th for years.
Jason Schmidt threw an extended spring training game with no pain, he will pitcher another one of these games before advancing to Single-A.
The Dodgers will try to tie the record set by the 1947 Brooklyn club, starting 9-0 at home. Randy Wolf will take on Chris Young, who beat the Dodgers earlier this season.
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Written by Jon Bella