So, I know what some of you are thinking.
“Oh, MSTI, you have some ‘splaining to do! Schmidt picked up another win. HA!”
But, see, guys, he doesn’t have to admit any wrongdoing. In fact, I argue, we should be thanking the man. Let’s go back through the history, this year:
On May 13th, 2009, MSTI writes about James Loney’s inability to hit a HR.
The next two games? Two HR’s!
On June 18th, 2009, MSTI then posts about Russell Martin’s issues and lack of power.
Two days later, he hits his first HR.
On July 20th, 2009, Jason Schmidt returns to the mound. He has a horrific first inning. During the first inning, MSTI says it’s all over for Schmidt.
Three hours later? His first win in two years.
MSTI doesn’t post about Schmidt before his second start and he gets shelled against Florida.
Right afterwards, MSTI again calls Schmidt done.
His next start? Somehow, Christopher Lloyd comes out of the woodwork, turns the clock back to 2006, and Schmidt turns in his best performance as a Dodger and picks up another win!
I’m not sure what to call it, though. See, I don’t want to call it: “The MSTI Curse” because the word “curse” seems to imply something bad and obviously these effects have been anything but bad, so I’ll leave it to you guys to find the name. But either way, the effects have been quite nice and, by the way, do note the power that we here have at MSTI. When MSTI also took off for the weekend last June, I took over, only for the Dodgers to win their no-hit game against the Angels. He leaves again from mid-July through early August, and we get Manny.
The point? Don’t mess with us, my friends. And, dammit, if you see this man, buy him a beer!
Eat your heart out, Miss Cleo!
But on to the game and I’ll be brief with it
because there’s not much to say and it’s past 7 A.M. and I’ve yet to sleep. Anyways, Schmidt was pretty much unbelievable, today. He wasn’t necessarily dominating, but he was better than I ever thought we’d see, going 6 innings of 1 hit, scoreless baseball. The downside is he did walk 5 and struck out 3, but he seemed to have good control on his pitches, and his curveball was working. Even the fastball seemed to have, for the most part, a touch more velocity, occasionally hitting 87 MPH and, in the final inning, touching 89 MPH, which shocked me.
Now the big question: was it skill or more luck? To be honest, it seemed to be a bit of both. On one hand, Schmidt did look better than his previous starts, both in terms of stuff and velocity, but on the other hand, he also had the great fortunate of having a lot of the fly balls he gave up go to someone. In other words, even if the Braves hit a ball hard, it was going right at someone so, in that sense, he lucked out. Either way, it’s been a long road back, and while he can very likely implode from here on out, it was definitely impressive to see at least for one game and it was a game that was nice to win, after the mess in St. Louis. Other notes from the game: props to your reigning NL Player Of The Week, Andre Ethier, for his performance, hitting the 3 run HR and then picking up a key RBI double late in the game and also big props to George Sherrill, making his debut in the 7th inning in a two on, 0 out jam. Sherrill came on and proved why he’s death on lefties, striking out the side and allowing one walk. He looked lethal and if he can keep it up, our bullpen will just continue to be sick.
Overall, a nice win and, hey, whatdoyaknow, a two game winning streak. After this past week, a two game winning streak seemed long way away. Nonetheless, today’s game is at 1 P.M. on FOX and we see Lowe. Let’s win this ya, alright?