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Sleeping Giants Wake Up and Crush the Dodgers 10-0
Posted By Cal Lee On Apr 3 2011 @ 12:50 am In Los Angeles Dodgers | 2 Comments
Ted Lilly’s pitching debut as a Dodger was rudely introduced by an unrelenting Giants offense crushing LA 10-0 this afternoon at Dodgers Stadium.
The free-agent signing of Ted Lilly didn’t exactly resonate shockwaves through the baseball community as this was their “big splash” off-season acquisition. Many MLB analysts saw this as a “get – me- over” signing. It basically said we did something in the off-season rather than nothing. In no way by signing Lilly would this suddenly make the Dodgers a division favorite or title contending ball club. The deal for 33 million over 3 years to get him however, i’m sure made many scratch their heads on what Dodger management was thinking in acquiring the lefty veteran now with his 5th team in 12 years. Lilly’s unimpressive pitching debut as a Dodger will surely raise question marks as to whether signing this lefty veteran/journeyman was worth the kind of money they inked to acquire him.
Lilly pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits. Lilly’s inability to get out of the 5th, put Dodger Manager Don Mattingly in a bind as he had to extensively use his bullpen to finish this game. The biggest problem for Mattingly wont be motivating his players to pick their heads up and forget today’s loss, it will be whether he’ll have a bullpen available to finish tomorrows finale. The Dodgers have used 7 bullpen pitchers thru the first 3 games of the series. While this doesnt seem like a lot depending on how many available pitchers he has on a 25 man roster, this could prove to be critical to Mattingly’s strategy for tomorrow’s ballgame. Both teams have played each other tight through 2 of the 3 ballgames and the series finale should be no different. The Dodgers expect to throw Hiroki Kuroda on the mound against a questionable Barry Zito, who may start tomorrow’s contest despite injuries suffered from a car accident Thursday. Both Kuroda and Zito are definitely not shut down pitchers. Both are prone to give up runs and there is very little expectation that this will be a low scoring affair. The Giants are looking to even up the series 2-2 after dropping the first two games. This may come down to bullpen relief, and right now Giants Manager Bruce Bochy may have the edge going into tomorrow’s contest.
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