Here at MSTI, we tend to focus on a lot of the same issues and players. Recently it’s been the astounding performance of Blake DeWitt, what to do at 3B, our continued disappointment with Juan Pierre playing over Andre Ethier, and the amazing disaster that is Andruw Jones. But after watching today’s game, I think it’s time to take a moment and recognize some guys who get little to no positive fanfare around here.
First, Gary Bennett! Gary had two hits all season coming into this game. Two. For a robust line of .133/.188/.133. That’s actually somehow even worse than I thought it would be before I looked it up – no wonder Joe Torre refuses to rest Russell Martin (who, by the way, is still on pace to play 162 games.) So what does he do today? Only 2-4 with a homer off Ben Sheets and FOUR RBI. Check it out, he even got some recognition on ESPN’s MLB homepage and on FSN Wisconsin’s game coverage. (That’s right, I’m showing them both. I’m pulling out all the stops for this; who the hell knows if I’ll ever get to praise Gary Bennett again?!)
Next: Joe Beimel! No, he didn’t even get into today’s game. But this arrived on my doorstep today, so here it is. Look at his first answer from the Pop Culture Grid in this week’s Sports Illustrated – just showing that he’s aware of what all the ladies know:
Finally: Andruw Jones. We’ve been dumping on him a lot lately (see the latest cause in the upper right) and with good reason. In fact, when I couldn’t find a picture of him hitting his homer today, I realized I could barely even find a good picture of him in a Dodger uniform doing anything positive, so he goes without. But after getting 2 hits yesterday, he led off the 7th inning against Ben Sheets – who’d been dominating to that point – with a homer to put the first run on the board. Sure, he went 0-3 in his other at-bats. And yeah, the wheels clearly were coming off for Sheets in that inning, giving up homers to Bennett and Jeff Kent as well. But maybe, just maybe, he can take something good away from that going into Anaheim. I’ve come very close to giving up on him ever getting untracked at all, but if he can, this offense could actually be scary. Let’s hope today helps with that. Good shot, Andruw.
Now let’s just hope Blake DeWitt’s back is alright – and that we never have to see Luis Maza and his Pierre-like arm at shortstop ever, ever again.