Want to know how my trip to Queens to see the Dodgers was yesterday? You can get a simple recap from these Tweets, after arriving during the 7th inning of Game 1:
First pitch I saw was a 2 run Mets single, Dodgers are getting shut out, and its freeeezing. Hooray?
Then, early in Game 2:
Its like ice station zebra out here. Literally too cold to tweet. Had to retreat to team store.
And after Jamey Carroll’s botched throw to home:
I’ve never left a game in the 6th inning before, but its painfully cold and the Dodgers look pathetic. Time to go.
Remember, you’re talking to a guy who braved Boston in January to watch an outdoor hockey game at Fenway Park, and this was nearly as bad (in no small part because in January, I was far more prepared with gloves, hand warmers, and whiskey.)
With that in mind, I can’t even pretend to be horribly upset about getting swept. I couldn’t even feel my hands while holding a hot chocolate, so I can’t imagine what it must have been like to pitch. That’s not to pretend that this team isn’t in trouble; it is, and it starts at the top, because Joe Torre has completely gone off the deep end.
In each game, 4 relievers entered after the starting pitcher. In Game 1, following Hiroki Kuroda were Jon Link, Ramon Troncoso, George Sherrill, and Ramon Ortiz. After Charlie Haeger left in Game 2, you saw… Troncoso, Link, Sherrill, and Carlos Monasterios. I’ll forgive the usage of Link, who we all knew was getting sent back down to make room for John Ely today anyway, but Torre’s abuse of Troncoso is bordering on the ridiculous. He’s on pace to get into about 115 games this year, and Dylan Hernandez’ constant usage of the ‘paging Dr. El Attrache’ hashtag on Twitter has gone from “humorous” to “terrifying”.
Even beyond Troncoso, Sherrill was brought into both games. Yet Ronald Belisario never appeared. Hong-Chih Kuo never appeared. Perhaps worst of all is his infatuation with Jonathan Broxton never entering unless it’s a save situation, because you’re constantly putting in lesser pitchers while your best reliever watches. Broxton’s pitched just 7 innings, which is exactly as many as Russ Ortiz, who was cut over a week ago. He’s entered one-half as many games as Troncoso. He hasn’t pitched since Saturday, and before that hadn’t pitched since the previous Sunday. What that means is in the last 12 days (since April 16) your best reliever has thrown all of 38 pitches. It’s just unfathomable.
Finally – and we’ll touch more on this soon – Jamey Carroll cannot be your shortstop if Rafael Furcal’s hamstring is serious. Not only did he show zero range on a grounder up the middle early in Game 2, his terrible throw home not only cost the team a possible 6-2-3 double play in a big spot, it blew the game wide open and basically ended the sweep right there. But hey, at least he’s hitting .214 and is signed through next year!
John Ely gets the start today, as we all knew he would. Let’s hope that someone – bats, gloves, or bullpen – shows up to support him.