|Diamondback hurler Josh Collmenter retires Jose Reyes in May 11th game at New York.|
|This photo from the 2009 California League All Star game shows the awkward over-the-top delivery of Josh Collmenter.|
- Kershaw looked awesome in his 11 strikout performance and was a few breaks away from having a no-hitter through 7 innings. It's nice to see Clayton back in stride. I think we'll see his first all-star appearance this year. It is also good to see his ERA where it belongs, below three runs per game at 2.75.
- I wouldn't be surprised if Andre Ethier injured his knee while sliding into the concrete base of the wall along the foul line when he chased that foul ball. I'm hoping to be wrong about Ethier being hurt on that play, but the looping hit by Xavier Nady that allowed the second D-back run in the eighth inning should have been caught. There is a no-man's land between Miles and Ethier on pop ups that is going to kill this team. Again, Ethier's poor UZR reared it's ugly head last night, but I'm thinking that the throbbing knee could have played a role in that.
- Is it time for the Dodgers to pad the walls along the foul lines all the way to the bottom? I know that would change the way Dodger Stadium plays as caroms down the line would stop dead, possibly reducing the triples that sometimes are produced by balls hit off that concrete base. That play last night reminded me of the injury Daryl Strawberry sustained as a Dodger while crashing into Dodger Stadium's formerly unpadded outfield walls. The end result was the Dodger organization ponied up and padded the walls, since their top free agent was out for quite some time due to a separated shoulder injury that could have been prevented.
|Strawberry as a Dodger|
- Uribe and Loney continue to be that black hole in the 5 and 6 spots. It amazes me that Kemp sees pitches to hit with those two following him in the order. He is 141 at bats into the season and Loney still has only 2 extra-base hits. That is absolutely pathetic. I think it's time to sit Loney, start Sands at first and put Gwynn in the outfield everyday.
- Carroll and Miles continue to set the table at the top of the order nicely. This is an unexpected and pleasant surprise. I wouldn't count on it continuing. Miles OBP is pretty much his batting average, since he never takes a walk.
- Rod Barajas leads the team in home runs. Who would have thought that would happen? I would say he's making me forget Martin, but good old Turtle has somehow remembered how to play the game again in pinstripes. And he has pop too, already with more homers than he had all of last year.