James Loney just drew a walk to load the bases in the first inning…
It was hard to believe, but researching the notes for today, it dawned on me that James has basically carried the offense for the past six weeks. The Dodgers were six games under .500 on April 29 and have gone 30-16 since then, for a .652 winning percentage.
During that time, Loney leads the team in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, batting average, doubles, homers and RBI…and his 38 RBI are twice as many as the next-highest total (DeWitt’s 19). That’s crazy. Meanwhile, during that same period, Broxton, Kuo and Weaver are a combined 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA. Pretty impressive.
Anyway, here’s hoping we can get out of town with a victory tonight. For those who follow the team on Twitter @dodgertownusa, we posted some random photos from around town today, as I wandered along the Freedom Trail in Boston, a very nice stroll throughout town. Dodger fans, as expected, were everywhere.
Got some grief yesterday for jokingly touting Jeff’s return to Weaverwood so trying a new one today…just trying to keep it fresh. I’m sure the Andre Ethier fans can’t get enough of the guy.
Prior to today’s game, Manny Ramirez was officially activated and he’s in the lineup tonight. Meanwhile, had the chance to catch up with Jim Tracy before the game and he’s one of the classiest guys in baseball. You can’t help but root for a guy like that…unless, of course, he’s playing against us. So, here’s to sweeping the Rockies but seeing them do well when they’re not facing the Dodgers.
For those still looking for Mother’s Day plans, we’ve got a game tomorrow and tickets are still available. No better way than to spend the day with your mom at Dodger Stadium. After the game, fans are allowed down on the field to walk around the warning track with their family, which is always a fun memory. And the players will be using pink bats to help raise awareness for breast cancer in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
That’s about all…first pitch just a few minutes away. Here’s the lineup:
Jeff Weaver will be activated for tonight’s game from the DL, with a corresponding move to follow soon.
As for Andre Ethier, what more can you really say? The guy has been arguably the best offensive player in baseball for five weeks. Hopefully it’ll begin to rub off on those around him…
Joe Torre also said that Manny would be back tomorrow night, so that means we’ll likely start seeing fans returning quickly to Mannywood. Let’s hope he starts out as hot as he was when he got hurt.
For tonight, X Paul is in his place…here’s the lineup:
You never really know what you’re going to see at Dodger Stadium these days. A guy hitting for the cycle…a triple play…a modern NL record-setting victory. The possibilities are endless. There’s an incredible vibe at the stadium these days and we’re just hoping to ride the wave while we can.
Meanwhile, it dawned on me that in some ways, this blog can serve as one way to fill in the void from Tony Jackson’s absence. Quite often, he would head upstairs after Joe Torre’s media session and provide you all with the latest news from downstairs, so I’m going to attempt to do the same thing. Of course, this blog is one tiny portion of my job, but as I mentioned before, this could be the way people tend to get information in the future. I realize that I’m usually providing it from the team’s perspective, but when it comes to stuff like Torre’s pregame media chat, it’s usually just factual information, not opinions. So, we’ll see how it goes.
The lineup tonight is the same as last night, but Simi Valley High Grad and Northridge native Jeff Weaver makes his return to Dodger Stadium. Let’s hope it’s triumphant.
Torre pregame (not exact quotes, but I’ll post the basics each day):
The streak is something to admire, but to look back on after the fact. You can’t get caught up in it. I mean..Arizona was 20-8 last year.
We’ve been lucky witht the pitching. We’ve been finding other guys to step up and that’s a good surprise because we’ve had injuries to the staff.
Weaver will be on about a pitch count of 75. It also depends on how hard he has to work throughout the game.
Cory Wade is the only guy not available out of the ‘pen tonight.
Kuroda played catch again today and feels pretty good. That’s good that he’s able to do that without a problem. No dates for anything simulated though until he throws off a mound.
Schmidt threw 100 pitches in an extended game. He’ll have a bullpem tomorrow and then we’ll figure out the next step.