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Trying to figure out what we've learned about the Dodgers after two weeks

Here is your two-week Dodgers review, which is absolutely guaranteed to be accurate until the next week, or game.

So what did we learn the first two weeks? For the faithful's sake, we hope not much.

We learned Joe Torre is absolutely serious about resting his regulars, a Gold Glove is no guarantee Matt Kemp is going to find his way to the ball, Chad Billingsley is not yet the pitcher he was the first half of last season and Manny Ramirez still has a knack for dramatics.

Otherwise, here's a quick look at the first two weeks:

Starting pitching: Better hope it's a work in progress.

Consistency has been sorely lacking. It's been an early disappointment, with starters struggling to pitch past the fifth inning, outside of Hiroki Kuroda. Throwing strikes has been a real challenge.

The last three games, however, Kuroda, Vicente Padilla and Clayton Kershaw offered hope, each pitching seven innings.

Relief pitching: If they can get the game to Jonathan Broxton, they're in great shape. The trick has been getting it to him. He's seen one save opportunity.

Middle relief mostly has been a mess, though on the bright side, struggling setup man George Sherrill has actually retired his last six consecutive batters.

Defense: It really can't stay this bad, can it?

Let's go with no way, though a bad early pattern has emerged. The Dodgers are currently tied with the Detroit Tigers for the second-worst fielding percentage in all of baseball (.974).

And the only new starter from last year's strong fielding team is Blake DeWitt, who has just one of the team's 12 errors. Torre crosses fingers and calls it one of those things.

Offense: OK, here is something to cause the boys in blue to hold their chests out. They have hit well, and one Tim Lincecum start aside, hit often.

The Three Amigos in the outfield have been all that was hoped. The Dodgers are hitting for average and power. Their team average of .303 trails only the Royals and their .468 slugging percentage is fourth in the majors.

"I feel very strongly that offensively we're going to score runs," Torre said. "We can do a lot of different things, especially if the top of the order works. It's not going to be easy going through [Andre] Ethier, Kemp and Manny. And I think when it’s all said and done, [James] Loney’s gonna make a statement here this year too."

Here's one other thing we learned: The Dodgers are going to keep coming at you, no matter the situation.

Half their victories have been come-from-behind affairs, with Manny and Ethier offering up walk-off hits.

"I think we found out when we got behind in so many games that we just kept battling," Torre said.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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The club's success depends on the pitching...especially the starting pitching. It's as simple as that. I don't think this rotation is good enough to win a pennant.

Nothing to add, here.

We continue to learn that McCheap has not made an investment into this club getting to the next level. This pitching staff, even when Belasario & Kuo are added, will not win a World Series ring for anyone.

Any tips on the stock market, Nostradamus?
Chicken Little?
Plaschke wannabes?

Happy 4/20 Doyer fans-smoke em if u got em!

here's a tip; don't bet on this team closing the deal in Sept - Oct

PS, look for further clues in my name

here's a tip; don't bet on this team closing the deal in Sept - Oct

PS, look for further clues in my name

Posted by: These Dodgers Suck | 04/20/2010 at 04:58 PM
Here's another tip. Dont bet on the Pirates, Astros, Padres this year. Tell me something I don't know like the stock market like I asked. That was my point.
Also, why are you hiding your identity? Are you that scared? You call yourself a Koufax fan???

I starting it now, fire honeycutt!


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