Although I believe in the idea of strong defense up the middle and dominant pitching, there is a third "piece of the puzzle" needed to win championships -- power on the corners -- which the Dodgers obviously lack. Did somebody forget to tell Dan Evans that Fred McWhiff, Adrian "Mondesi" and Brian "But I'm good in September" Jordan don't exactly strike fear into opposing pitching staffs? Is it difficult to figure out when your middle infielders hit like Johnnie LeMaster you need some bats on the edges?
A little piece of advice: Danny boy, reserve a couple of those speed-dial buttons on your cell phone for the agents of Miguel Tejada and Vladimir Guerrero next off-season. If you don't, you might find yourself using those buttons to contact the unemployment office.
In the many times I've seen Kevin Brown pitch at Dodger Stadium over the past several years, he has always given me my money's worth -- and has never given Dodger fans anything less than 100%.
On the other hand, I plunk down 50 cents every day for the L.A. Times, and T.J. Simers does not deliver.