An Andre Ethier walkoff? Well, that’s out of the ordinary. Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Matt Kemp has homers in 4 of the last 5 games. That’s, uh, sorta good.
More on this game later, but just something I need to point out for tonight’s game. Since Jonathan Broxton came in to get the win last night, exactly what I feared the other day has come true:
Yet Ramon Ortiz came in and was predictably horrible, allowing three runs on three hits (including a Mark Reynolds blast) and a walk. As you can see, this has spawned the birth of the “Ortiz DFA-O-Meter” to the top right, as they battle to see which one gets dumped first. So what was once a blowout became a situation in which the top two relievers (Ramon Troncoso and Jonathan Broxton) had to contribute 2.1 innings.
That may not seem like a big deal today, but we saw this exact thing happen last week. Just wait until one of the next two games when it’s a tight situation, and now one might not be available, simply because Ramon Ortiz can’t hold a 7-run lead. So then you’re left with counting on George Sherrill again, and we’ve seen how that turns out.
So now Broxton has pitched three days in a row (as has Ramon Ortiz) and is almost certainly not available tonight, and even Sherrill has pitched two days in a row (walking two and giving up a hit and a run in just 0.1 inning last night). So that means your closer tonight is… Ramon Troncoso? Which is fine, I suppose, but that makes the bullpen group in front of him terrifying at best, because you’re down to Russ Ortiz, Jeff Weaver, and Carlos Monasterios. But hey, at least it’s Vicente Padilla starting, so there’s absolutely no chance the starter will only last 4.1 innings. Hooray?
Frankly, I’d be surprised if we don’t see a pitching move made before the game starts, because someone has to be around to help after the extra inning games and bullpen ineptitude.