Esteban Loaiza (1-2) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-0).
COMMENTS: Yawn. Another 11-run game? Big deal. What's next? Esteban Loaiza. Coors Field. Uh-oh. Think of something positive to say! "Esteban Loaiza exhales carbon dioxide, which plants need to live." Nicely done! Anyway, what the hell was I thinking, predicting a pitchers' duel in Colorado yesterday? Today, expect the opposite. Bombs away! Let's hope Loaiza goes at least five innings and the bullpen can continue its strong work. Meanwhile, De La Rosa comes the Rockies straight from the Royals' triple-A team as a PTBNL from an earlier trade, meaning against the Dodgers he'll be Bantha fodder. Or Cy Young.
Despite the cold weather, Dodger bats stayed hotter than Iron Man ($38 million through Friday). Everybody contributed yesterday—even Andruw Jones had a double (to go with all those Double-Doubles). Russell Martin said play me anywhere, I'll still produce. Don't be surprised if Russell throws a few innings of relief today. Matt Kemp had four RBIs and leads the team with 21. With four RBIs of his own, Rafael Furcal is so hot (.380/.464/.612) he should be black market goods. If, nay, when the Dodgers get to the Rockies' hapless bullpen early again, we may be treated to another RBI cornucopia! A veritable scoring extravaganza! An amazing offensive lollapalooza!