First off, the lineup for today:
Second, if you like to eat (and who doesn’t?), you’ve got to check out Tommy Lasorda’s blog in which he just listed all of his favorite restaurants around the country. I went to Fior di Italia with him last week in SF, so I can attest to these being some pretty good places for grub.
Third, we’d like to extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Dodger scout Mike Brito, who had both knees replaced today. We’re hoping he’ll be back on his feet again soon.
And finally, with the American Idol finale airing tonight, our game notes have a reality TV theme to them, so for your enjoyment, they’re pasted below. Don’t ask me why I did this, as I never actually watch reality TV or any TV, for that matter.
FEAR FACTOR – In his last eight games, Jeff Kent is batting .440 (11-for-25) with two homers and seven RBI. Kent has hit 31 homers against Colorado in his career, the fifth-most among all active players according to STATS, Inc. Last night, he logged his 482nd double to tie Brooks Robinson for 60th place all time. He also registered his 1,341st career RBI, tying him with Gary Gaetti for 73rd place all-time.
THE REAL WORLD – The Dodgers lead the National League in runs scored with 242, nine more than Atlanta. After hitting .372 (54-for-145) with 16 walks in the last four games, Los Angeles also leads the NL in on-base percentage (.357) and is tied for the lead in hits (420) and stolen bases (42). The team ranks second in walks (197). Their .272 team average is third best in the National League.
EXTREME MAKEOVER, BULLPEN EDITION – Dodger relievers Jonathan Broxton and Joe Beimel pitched 2.0 scoreless innings last night and in the last eight games, the Dodgers’ relief corps has a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP).
THE AMAZING RACE – Kenny Lofton has stolen 18 consecutive bases without getting caught dating back to Sept. 16, 2005, the longest streak in the Majors, according to STATS, Inc. He scored two runs on Sunday to give him 1,384 runs in his career, surpassing Tony Gwynn for 82nd place all-time. He is two behind Lou Whitaker for 81st.
SURVIVOR – Nomar Garciaparra is the only first baseman in the National League with at least 100 total chances and no errors. He has 264 chances over 27 games at first base without making an error, making him one of only seven first basemen in the Major Leagues with 250 or more errorless chances.
AMERICAN IDOL – Over his last 10 games, Nomar Garciaparra is 8-for-10 from the seventh inning through the end of the game. He is batting .392 (31-for-79) with three homers and 21 RBI in 16 games this month and in his career, he has enjoyed great success in May, batting .318 (185-for-581). Garciaparra has reached base via walk or hit in 16 consecutive games and has a multi-hit game in nine of his last 15 contests.
CANADIAN IDOL – When Russell Martin is behind the plate, Dodger pitchers have posted a 2.89 ERA (42 ER/131.0 IP). The Dodgers are 13-2 in Martin’s 15 starts this season.
HE’S NO “AVERAGE JOE” – Non-roster invitee Joe Beimel has helped anchor the Dodger bullpen by holding No. 3 and No. 4 hitters to a .211 average (4-for-19) with no home runs so far this season. Against All-Star sluggers Barry Bonds, Brian Giles, Luis Gonzalez, Lance Berkman, Morgan Ensberg, Todd Helton, Geoff Jenkins and Vladimir Guerrero, Beimel has allowed just two singles in 12 at-bats (.167).
THE APPRENTICES – The six Dodger rookies on the current 25-man roster have made huge contributions so far this season. Offensively, rookies Willy Aybar, Andre Ethier and Russell Martin have combined to hit .311 (41-for-132) with five homers and 27 RBI in 44 games. On the mound, rookie relievers Jonathan Broxton, Takashi Saito and Tim Hamulack have combined for three wins and a 3.18 ERA (18 ER/51 IP), one save and 62 strikeouts in 52 games.
STARTING OVER – Over their past 18 games, Dodger starting pitchers have made 12 quality starts and posted a 2.57 ERA (32 ER/111.2 IP). Overall, Dodger starters lead the NL with a 3.55 ERA (105 ER/266.1 IP) and are 18-8 this season.