Sunday, May 30, 2004

Puff of Smoke (Dodgers 10 - D-Backs 0) 

A decent outing from Randy Johnson and the D-Backs offense Friday night
disappeared in, well, a puff of smoke Saturday night. Jose Lima baffled the
offense, and Brandon Webb is looking every bit not like the person that gave
D-Backs management confidence to deal away Curt Schilling in the off-season.

The Diamondbacks are now 4-8 on this road trip, or 1-8 in games not started
by Randy Johnson (a stat I was planning to use even before the Republic put
it in the lead of this morning's story about the game). I said before the
road trip began that I thought 10 games out was the magic point at the end
of the trip that the Diamondbacks needed to be under in order for Brenly to
ensure his continued employment for the time being. The D-Backs are only 9
games back, but with Casey Fossum going up against Kaz Ishii this evening,
Bob can't be too excited about his prospects.

Kata's dislocated left shoulder will get Scott Hairston some consistent
starts, and as he's been one of the few offensive high points lately, that's
a good thing. Given the bizarre Luis Terrero assault/ball-throwing incident
the other night, I would guess (or at least suggest) Andy Green might get
the call-up. He's been hitting great all season down in Tucson and his
infielding would allow Hairston to give one of the outfielders an occasional
night off. Besides, it sounds like Roberto Alomar will be back with the
team in a couple weeks, and rather than bring Terrero up for his cup of
coffee now, may as well wait a little while longer.

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