Opinion of Kingman's Performance

Friday, August 26, 2011

Nights don’t get much better than this

Vin Scully is returning next year.  Ted Lilly is pitching decently, now in 4 of his last 5 starts.  James Loney is hot, finally.  Justin Sellers has brought a new spark to the club.  Matt Kemp is officially a 30/30 man, with 32 games to play.

Ted Lilly won his eight decision tonight in the Dodgers 6-1 win
The Dodgers came back in dramatic fashion and are within one game of third place and are as  close to .500 as they have been since June 21st.  They have won 6 of 8 as they begin a string of games against the N.L. West.
Call me crazy, but I haven’t given up yet.
Games remaining: 
2 vs. Colorado at home
6 vs. San Diego (3 home, 3 away)
5 vs. Pittsburgh (4 home, 1 away)
3 vs. Atlanta (all away)
4 vs. Washington (all away)
6 vs. San Francisco (3 home, 3 away)
6 vs. Arizona (3 home, 3 away)
In my opinion, the Dodgers have to win 25 of their final 32 to have a chance.  They haven’t had a string of victories even close to that this season, so the likelihood of that occurring isn’t too probable.  But a sweep of the Rockies and Padres during this homestand would be a real good start.  
Why Does this always occur?
Ted Lilly is scheduled to pitch the final game of the homestand on August 31st against the Padres.  We all know how the ball carries during day games at Dodger Stadium.  Of, course, that getaway game is a 12:10 start.  With all the day games that Lilly has pitched this year, wouldn’t you think that Mattingly would mix up the rotation a bit to ensure that Lilly pitches only night games in the heavier air?

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