Hey, I’m not going to complain too much about (what appears to be, since it’s still the 4th inning as I write this) the end of a 9-game winning streak. They were going to have to lose sometime, so that’s fine. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to basically punt a game by letting Ramon Ortiz start, which was never a good idea in any way whatsoever. Should we really be shocked that Ortiz got lit up, allowing five earned runs and nine baserunners in 3.1? Of course not. His ERA is now 6.30. It’s just not working. I know there’s no obvious answer as to who fills the last spot in the rotation until Vicente Padilla returns, but we all agree it just cannot be Ortiz again, right?
And then on top of it all, with Jeff Weaver warming and Carlos Monasterios wondering what he’s done to offend Joe Torre to make sure he hasn’t pitched in a week, who comes in? That’s right, Ramon Troncoso, who’s still on pace for 90+ games. The silver lining in Troncoso getting hit hard was that Ortiz got charged with the men he’d left on, but this was Troncoso’s third night in a row, and fourth in five nights. Am I really going to kill him for letting Adrian Gonzalez take him deep? Of course not. I’ll never understand Torre’s bullpen usage, ever.
That said, Jon Garland‘s struggling pretty hard right now too, having loaded in the bases with no outs, so it’s by no means out of the question that the Dodgers come back and win this game to keep the streak going. Hey, that’d be awesome, and it’d be a fantastic story. It still doesn’t make starting Ramon Ortiz right.
Manny Ramirez was a late scratch from the lineup due to some sort of foot injury he suffered during batting practice – details remain sketchy. I don’t know what’s going on with Dodger outfielders in pregame warmups, but between Andre Ethier‘s pinky, Xavier Paul getting hit in the head in AAA on the same night, and now this, Matt Kemp needs to be covered in bubble wrap and locked in the trainer’s room until the first pitch.