Randy Wolf (1-1, 2.95, 33+ yrs) vs Jamie Moyer (3-2, 7.26, 46+ yrs).
COMMENTS: I'm not going to riff on Orel's brilliant "that's good / that's bad" Simpsons routine from yesterday, despite the fact that it was endless fun in a spirited GameThread, mostly because all of the things I'd say about last night's game would be followed with "That's bad." Like walking former Giant Pedro Feliz four times. (That's bad.) Or starting the game off with a run and three base hits, only to go the rest of the game with only two more runs, wasting the potential of an 11-hit night. (That's bad.) Or having Russell Martin throw the ball back to his pitcher while Jayson Werth is standing about twenty feet from home plate. (That's bad.) Or having Juan Pierre--whose 1-for-5 night was bested (worsted?) by Rafael Furcal's 0-for-4 outing--make the final out for something like the twentieth game in a row since Manny was suspended (it's only been five games, but you get the idea).
I have looked forward to this six-game road trip as a first test of the Dodgers' mettle, and it's come at a particularly tough time with their best player suspended. But while the media is running around pointing to our 1-4 record sans Manny, I'm looking only at the 0-1 record on this road trip, knowing that a win today at Citizens Bank Park could do a lot to exorcise the demons of playoff losses past (the Dodgers are 0-7 in Philly dating back to last year). And, as we've said each time we've had two losses (to good results, obviously): The Dodgers have not lost three in a row all year. Let's go, Blue! I want to write "That's good" again.