Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Open Tryouts for Dodgers' Fifth Starter Begin

I sure as hell hope the Minotaur, Clayton Kershaw, is ready to go. Here's two lines from last night's debacle in the desert:

Loaiza, 4IP, 4H, 4ER, 1BB, 2K, 1HR, 6.75 ERA
Park, 1.2IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 1HR, 5.40 ERA

It is embarrassing to trot out Este-bomb Loaiza as the starter, only to watch him promptly give up four runs in the first inning, including a towering home run to Mark Reynolds that Vin Scully described as going "halfway to Tucson." But after the Dodgers battle back to score a run and then two more, making it a one-run game, we leave Chan Ho Park on the mound who puts the game out of reach (before Scott Proctor comes and gives up four more earned runs, kicking us again in the nuts).

Loaiza and Park, these are the two guys that are "fighting" for the fifth slot in the lineup? How exactly are they fighting? By trying to see who sucks less? I loved how Jon headlined it "Loiaza and Park and Pray for Dark", btw--this was spot on).

We have too little offense this year to concede four or five runs with one of these guys on the mound. For Eric Karros' sake, I've put together a quick graph of my confidence levels around our starting pitchers, and it's not pretty (nor is it scientific). But it is representative.

Unlike Loaiza and Park.


Eric Karros said...

Sweet graph. I guess that's a redundant phrase.