I had my doubts about Randy Wolf this season. I initially thought of his signing as a nice buy low signing, but the more I thought about it the more I disliked it. Is it realistic to expect a guy to return to a form he displayed five years ago? I figured that at best, the Dodgers would get a mediocre pitcher, and at worst would get someone whose career was over. While it's still too early to say anything for sure, Brett Tomko lowered his ERA to 2.88 a year ago tomorrow, Wolf has arguably been the Dodgers best starter up to this point in the season. This is saying something, since Brad Penny is leading all of baseball in ERA right now. He's struck out 10.31 per nine innings, the third best rate in baseball and combined it with a stellar walk rate to own seventh best strikeout to walk ratio in baseball. I was concerned about Wolf's propensity for serving up tacos prior to this season, and that wasn't unfounded, he's allowed six in 48 innings this year, but it's far more under control than I expected. If Wolf keeps pitching like this, and Brad Penny actually gives up a home run at some point in the season, Randy Wolf will be the Dodgers best pitcher this year, not Derek Lowe, Brad Penny or Mark Hendrickson.
About a week and a half ago, the Dodgers went through several games where they would put tons of runners on base, then fail to drive any of them in. This series should put the Dodgers karma right back on level. The Dodgers bested the Reds with a collection of swinging bunts, seeing eye singles and bloopers. In the series the Dodgers scored 17 runs on five extra base hits. As sad as that sounds, it was even worse. Nomar's double in the first game of the series came from Brandon Phillips swatting a bloop single into the stands. Luis Gonzalez's triple was generated entirely by Josh Hamilton diving for a ball he had no chance of catching. The Dodgers really, really need someone who can hit the ball a long way, because we aren't going to be winning 3-1 games all year.
Something strange happened when I was checking the box score to yesterdays game, I looked at Mark Hendrickson's line, 5.2 innings pitched, eight hits, five runs, four earned, three walks, three strikeouts, and a home run, and came to the realization that Mark Hendrickson's entire career was just summed up by seven numbers. Those numbers managed to perfectly describe Mark Hendrickson far better than any words ever could. Are there any other hitters that could be defined by a mere boxscore line?
Between Dick Pole and John Coutlangus, the Reds have a Beavis and Butthead EQA of at least .323. Yes, I know, I'm a 12 year old.
This isn't Jack Cust related, it's Milton Bradley related so it doesn't count towards my Cust moratorium. Following yesterday's dramatic win by the A's, Bradley had the best quote by any ballplayer since "Snell doesn't do that".
In the long run, the Dodgers are a better team with Andre Ethier, but I really miss Milt-Dawg.