Past Performance Does Not Guarantee Future Results

It’s good advice in the stock market, and it’s good advice in baseball. You probably noticed that Matt Kemp sat yet again, and here was Joe Torre’s explanation:

Torre said Kemp is sitting because he wanted to field the same lineup that scored 15 runs yesterday.

Shockingly, the same lineup that scored 15 runs yesterday scored zero today. Boy, who could have seen that coming? Except for, you know, everyone? It’s almost like facing Roy Oswalt, Ryan Madson, and Brad Lidge is a whole hell of a lot harder than facing Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez, David Herndon, and the rest of the guys the Phillies rolled out on Tuesday night. What, you mean you really thought that Jay Gibbons was going to be the greatest Dodger in history for more than one night?

Banner image aside, I actually can’t bag on Scott Podsednik too badly, as he did collect three of the six Dodger hits, but still: the fact that we’re actually having a “Scott Podsednik vs. Matt Kemp” argument means that things have gone way over the line. As usual, Jon takes something we’ve all been thinking for a while and puts its far more eloquently than I ever could: how come it’s okay to blame and bench Kemp, but Casey Blake (among others) can continue to pile up oh-fers, and he never sees the bench?