Thursday, June 19, 2008

Post-Game 71 Thread: Kent Gets Backhanded Compliments from

Hilarious preview of today's game, compliments of Basically, the article sets Kent up like he's going to be commended, and then drops the hammer in a not-so-subtle way:

CINCINNATI -- Jeff Kent hasn't been kind to the Reds throughout his 17-season Major League career -- batting .308 against them lifetime -- and he hasn't been much nicer in this series.

The second baseman went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 3-1 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday night. He singled in the fourth and scored Los Angeles' first run of the game, singled in the sixth and doubled in the eighth to give the Dodgers an insurance run down the stretch.

Not so bad of a start, right? You're feeling good about Kent's performance, career and on Tuesday night. But wait:

That performance raised his batting average nine points, from .243 to .252.

.252, huh? You mean, right about Luis Maza's level? Or thirty points behind Slappy Pierre? Gee, that's great. And it continues:

He went 0-for-3 on Wednesday but reached base when he was hit by a pitch during the first inning.

Translation: "Though he didn't contribute another hit on Wednesday's game, dropping his average to .249, he did get on base after he was plunked by the erratic Bronson Arroyo. Thanks for playing, Jeff!"

Luckily for Brandon Harris (author of the article), Kent is well-known for being a likable personality around the clubhouse. Good luck getting that interview tomorrow, Brandon.