I wanted to wait until the series with the D'Backs ended to finally break my silence regarding the greatest deal in the history of the Dodgers. Believe it or not, I was more interested in seeing where the team would be after today THEN I would feel comfortable with all the goings on over the last week. One game back after today is fine with me.
What can I say? I keep expecting someone to pinch me. Is this actually happening?
MANNY RAMIREZ HAS COME TO THE DODGERS!!!!!!!
His performance over the weekend was nothing short of awesome. He went four for four today, with another homerun (two over the weekend), and absolutely changed the entire face of this franchise overnight. Combined with the other acquisition, albeit a quietier guy Casey Blake, the Dodgers have suddenly catapulted their offense into a legitimate and possibly downright scary force to contend with.
Vin Scully was absolutely stunned and literally said that this team had changed totally. It has also allowed the other hitters to relax and taken the pressure off of the youngsters to try to do too much. The one guy who this will make into a superstar I believe is Matt Kemp. But the whole team has a looser feel to it and are having fun, something that has been lacking here forever.
Now, we shouldn't get too excited, though. The next month for the Dodgers is absolutely brutal, with the team playing 29 games in the next 30 days, 20 of them against teams with winning records, 14 of those games in the next three weeks, and they play the Phillies 8 times in that stretch. At the same time, the Diamondbacks play the same number of games and only one of those teams they play, the Marlins, have a winning record, and they end the month playing LA for three in Arizona.
The Dodgers will be severely tested, and will have to have contributions from everyone to try and keep pace with the Snakes. Good news is that Brad Penny, yes THAT Brad Penny, is scheduled to make his first start in well over a month and a half against the Giants in San Francisco next Friday. If he can turn it around, I think the Dodger pitching shapes up quite nicely. Oh, by the way, the staff ERA for this entire homestand was 1.60.
But, OH, Manny being Manny sounds so sweet.