1. Apologies to Derek Lowe. We called him a headcase. The Onion mocked his dippiness. But he proved he's got some life left in him yet, holding the Cubs scoreless and throwing only 91 pitches through seven innings Wednesday. That game ended in heartbreaking loss, but the Dodgers will need more of such performances from Lowe if they're to have a chance this season.
2. Where is Matt Kemp's power? He's hitting for average (.305) and is second on the team in RBIs (28), but Kemp's slugging percentage (.441) is currently 80 points lower than last year's. Should he sacrifice making contact to try hitting more home runs? He already leads the team in strikeouts.
3. Ned's on the hot seat, Joe's not. We said it before, but it's hard to ignore: $50 million on the disabled list. Ned Colletti's contract expires in 2009, but if the Dodgers don't make the playoffs in 2008, Frank McCourt might not be feeling so generous. Meanwhile, Joe Torre has gotten a pass from the media for his incessant lineup shuffling, in part because of the Dodgers' injury situation. Joe's unfireable, Ned's not.
4. The Giants sweep the Diamondbacks. WTF? OMFG! San Francisco outscored Arizona 21-9 over three games, hitting five home runs in the series. Tim Lincecum, the Giants' answer to Clayton Kershaw, is 7-1. Don't look now, but the Giants are only 3.5 games behind the Dodgers...who are 3.5 games behind the Diamondbacks.
5. The Most Interesting Man in the World. What about his polar opposite? The police often question me...just because they find me offensive. My beard alone...well, I don't have a beard. I've been known to cause narcolepsy...just by walking into a room. I am...the Least Interesting Man in the World. I don't drink beer, but if I did...I'd prefer Dos Equis.