If you are a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, or Los Angeles Dodgers, holding onto belief that your team still has time to make an impact in the playoff races, you don’t care much for projection systems and playoff odds. Cold arithmetic isn’t going to heal your wounded heart, nor will it temper your excitement should your chosen franchise string together a few wins, infusing said heart with valuable hope.
I’m instituting a bit of a change in protocol here, as I feel that it might be wiser to look at what the two teams have done since we last spoke, rather than posting the overall records that I’ve been redundantly typing into the “AL & NL West Standing Update” section below. Like I said when we started this epic journey, we’ll hone this thing as we go.
We have a $142.1MM payroll and whoa, hey … this isn’t what we paid for: 2-5
The Dodgers big money experiment for 2013 isn’t off to the best start. Zack Greinke is on the shelf after a violent collision with a passive-aggressive refrigerator, Chad Billingsley learned pitching with a jacked-up elbow doesn’t really work and the rest of the starting rotation caught the plague over the last two weeks.
Matt Kemp couldn’t hit for three weeks and Hanley Ramirez got hurt during the World Baseball Classic. The Dodgers starting shortstop is yet to play in 2013. Until now, as the Dodgers activated Ramriez from the disabled list mere hours before tonight’s game as Clayton Kershaw was placed on the bereavement list.
Billingsley joins Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano on the Dodgers’ list of hurlers currently injured. The decision to allow Billingsley to try and pitch with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament is a particularly confounding one, given that the team was aware of the risks as far back as January. I wrote about Billingsley’s plan to pitch through the injury on January 30th, when an actual medical doctor said it’s all well and good to try and rehab such an injury so as long as you’re not a Major League Baseball pitcher.
You live and learn, I guess.
Billingsley was 1-0 in two starts, with a 3.00 ERA and six strikeouts in 12 innings this season.