May 6, 2012 |
Yeah, right, there's an outcome you'd best not tie your little playoff hopes to. The one thing Ronald Belisario has been the past two years is completely unreliable. He'll always have 2009, when he was an absolute stud (2.04 ERA, .201 opponent batting average), but since then he's been all over the map, though largely in his native Venezuela. There was a DUI arrest and visa problems, a trip to the restricted list for substance-abuse treatment , a positive cocaine test and more visa problems, and a 25-game suspension to start the season.
September 8, 2011 |
Reporting from Washington — Chad Billingsley insisted he isn't hurt and Manager Don Mattingly said there are no signs that anything is physically wrong with the Dodgers right-hander— no skipped bullpen sessions, no visits to the trainer's room. Whatever it is, something is clearly wrong with Billingsley, who lasted only 21/3 innings in the Dodgers' 7-4 victory over the Washington Nationals in what was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday. The second game was rained out. Billingsley was charged with four runs, five hits and three walks.
May 13, 2011 |
It was evident in the third inning that Clayton Kershaw, at least early on, was not entirely on his game when he served up four consecutive balls and walked the opposing pitcher, Joe Saunders. But Kershaw then settled down and turned in a gem Friday night, throwing seven scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks and striking out 11 batters. Kershaw left with a 4-0 lead, which Dodgers relievers Matt Guerrier and Vicente Padilla nearly squandered. But the Dodgers held on to edge the Diamondbacks, 4-3, in the opener of their three-game series at Dodger Stadium, handing Arizona its fifth consecutive loss.
July 4, 2010 |
Reporting from Phoenix — Something appears to have clicked inside Matt Kemp. In the five games Kemp has played since his clear-the-air meeting with Manager Joe Torre, he is nine for 22 with three home runs, the most recent a two-run blast on Sunday that broke an eighth-inning stalemate and lifted the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Coincidence? Kemp's benching and the subsequent meeting last week remains a sensitive subject for both manager and player, who continue to be unresponsive when questioned about it. "You're going to have to ask him," Torre said.
April 20, 2010 |
During the Dodgers' recent homestand, Manager Joe Torre was asked a simple question: How long could his team afford to pitch the way it had before a roster move would be made? A smiling Torre leaned over from his seat on the dugout bench and playfully wrapped his Andre the Giant-sized hands around the inquisitor's neck, drawing laughs from the crowd. OK, maybe it was a little early in the season to imply the Dodgers were facing a crisis situation. But three days later, ineffective reliever Russ Ortiz was sent packing, offered Sunday the choice of pitching for their triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque or retiring.
October 16, 2009 |
There was wildness, whiffling, waffling, a proud kid being whittled into an absolute wreck. Clayton Kershaw walked the pitcher on four pitches. He walked the third baseman on four pitches. He put one on a tee for the catcher to crush into dark blue oblivion. Did I say he walked the pitcher on four pitches? With a 21-year-old sophomore bumping and staggering through a roomful of boos, the fifth inning Thursday contained every element of a textbook youthful playoff meltdown except for one. An adult to stop it. Where was Joe Torre?