Same lineup as yesterday with different results, hopefully. And for the superstitious types, the Think Blue sign will be back next homestand but it’s safe to say that that isn’t really to blame for the 1-4 homestand.
As for the pessimists among us, here’s something to keep you from jumping. In 1995, the Dodgers were 3.5 games out of first going into Aug. 5 games and still won the West. In 1983, they were actually 6.0 games out going into Aug. 5 and Fernando pitched a complete-game and they went on to win the division. And for those who don’t like to think back that long, last year the team was 2.0 games out on Aug. 5 and 4.0 games out on Aug. 1 and still made the playoffs. Just some food for thought, as I know we all are pretty frustrated these days.
Another amazing thing I though of last night during the game. Russell Martin has hit 10 homers in more in each of his first two big league seasons and Andre Ethier is about to do the same with his next homer. I assumed that either Piazza, Karros, Mondesi, Hollandsworth or anyone in the 80s or 70s might have done that, but believe it or not, you have to go all the way back to Jim Lefebvre in 1965-66 to find a Dodger who has done what Martin has already accomplished this year. There have been about half a dozen guys to hit 10 homers in their rookie year and sophomore year, but all of them had two rookie seasons (they played in the big leagues but did not pass up the rookie qualifications and were rookies again the next season).