Friday, July 20, 2007

Game 97 Thread: July 20 vs. Mets, 7.40p

Dodgers start Brett Tomko, RHP (2-7, 5.88) vs. Oliver Perez, LHP (8-6, 3.13).

Dodgers: 54-42 (T-1st place NL West, L1)
Mets: 53-42 (1st place NL East, 2.5 GA, W1)

From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:

Dodgers: Tomko stepped up with the staff under siege, allowing one earned run in five innings to the Giants on Sunday, winning for the first time since May 9. Filling in for the injured Randy Wolf, Tomko kept the ball in the park, even when Barry Bonds was up. It was a huge effort after spending two unhappy months in the bullpen. Tomko is 4-7 with a 5.62 ERA lifetime against the Mets and this game will be at home, where the fans have been tough on him.

Mets: Coming back from the 15-day disabled list for his first start in July, Perez pitched six solid innings on Sunday. The lower back stiffness that put him on the DL in late June did not show signs of resurgence against the Reds, as the left-hander recorded first win since June 15 against the Yankees. Perez held the Reds to two runs off six hits -- including a 460-foot solo home run blast to Adam Dunn in the fourth -- striking out six and walking three in the Mets' victory.

From Inside the Dodgers, tonight's lineup:

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Martin, C
Kent, 2B
Gonzo, LF
Nomar, 3B
Loney, 1B
Kemp, RF
Tomko, P

Given that the only thing Nomar has going for him is his BA with RISP, wouldn't it make sense to move him down in the batting order and move Kemp up?

11 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Orel baby, you're starting to sound like Plaschke! Don't give up hope on Nomar yet!

Steve Sax said...

Pierre's fielding error costs us a run in the first. 1-0 here going to the bottom 2, as Tomko gives up a single but gets Perez to fly out to Nomar.

Orel said...

Marlon Anderson speaks with his bat, not with, er, his mouth.

Steve Sax said...

Nomar is first-pitch swinging and homers to dead center.

Take that, Plaschke!

Orel said...

Take that, me!

Delino DeShields said...

Valentin got a boo boo. Maybe he's just trying to exit early and protect himself from those All You Can Eat Buffet hooligans ('Dog Rage)

Delino DeShields said...

Tomko should be a good slugger by now - he's definitely seen enough hits from the mound.

Delino DeShields said...

Daddy mack make you... JUMP JUMP
PER-EZ make you... JUMP JUMP

Steve Sax said...

Delino, I hope you're wearing your mets uniform backwards.

4-1 mets thanks to the disaster that is Roberto Hernandez.

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers aren't good enough to be wasting decent outings by Tomko.

Steve Sax said...

Uggggggh.