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Rookie Carlos Monasterios remains overmatched in Dodgers' 7-4 loss to Astros

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Carlos Monasterios was supposed to be a middle-innings relief guy. A youngster who had barely pitched above the Class-A level, the Dodgers planned to use him judiciously.

A Rule Five draftee the Dodgers either had to keep on their roster all season or return to the Phillies, Monasterios has been used much differently than anticipated. Failure to identify a fifth starter during the first half and injuries have seen him start 12 games this season, with very mixed results.

Next season should be a very different experience for Monasterios. No longer obligated to be kept on the 25-man roster, he figures to spend his season at triple-A Albuquerque.

Sunday may have been his last start of the season, and it was a struggle from the very beginning in the 7-4 loss to the Astros.

Monasterios lasted only 1 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a pair of walks. The Astros scored all four runs against him in a first inning that saw him throw 39 pitches, without allowing a walk.

Even with Jay Gibbons continuing to make his case for being a regular member of the Dodgers next season with a three-run homer and James Loney tripling and scoring on Russ Mitchell’s sacrifice fly to tie it, the Dodgers couldn’t hold on.

The Astros completed the scoring with three doubles in the fifth of reliever Ramon Troncoso (1-3) to score two, and a solo home run from Carlos Lee off Octavio Dotel in the eighth.

There was a bit of good news for the Dodgers. Sixteen years in the making, John Lindsey pinch hit with one out in the fifth and collected the first hit of his major-league career with a single to left.

The good-natured Lindsey has been the sweet aspect to the Dodgers' dismal September, but after loading the bases, he was left at third. Still, nothing on this planet could erase his smile as he joined teammates in the dugout.

Gustavo Chacin pitched only a third of an inning, but picked up the victory for the Astros to go to 3-2.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt talk to pitcher Carlos Monasterios in the first inning Sunday. Credit: Steve Campbell / Associated Press

 
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i say this again. gibbons should start every game through the end of the year in LF. Oeltjen is nothing. put podsednik in CF for Kemp every few games. but gibbons should start. just wish he had been called up when Manny went down.

I don't think Monestarios will spend much time in Albuquerque because the Dodgers will, again, be short on pitching. They won't be able to sign Lilly or Kuroda or even Padilla. Let's face it, the Dodgers will continue to stink because they won't be able to afford to improve. The McCourts will see to that. The only way Monestarios would spend time in Albuquerque would be if the Dodgers sign a couple of mid-level journeymen pitchers. He could be back later in 2011 once those journeymen tank. Jay Gibbons will end up as a fifth outfielder and the left handed bat off the bench. He will not be played over Podsednik, Kemp and Ethier. Sorry, dreamers. I love those desperation lineups.

Funny but Dodgers announcers said Ned told them he wanted to call up Gibbons sooner. Sounds familiar?

I am ecstatic for John Lindsey. Wish it could have been in a win, in a pennant race, and all that jazz.

But for him, this is great. And I hope there's more. Play him every day from now until the end, give him a chance to come to the ballpark for 3 more weeks as the everyday guy.

On another matter, I won't suggest I think any such thing would happen. But does anyone want to give odds that idiot 1 and idiot 1A will compromise this week before they step back into court next Monday?

I ask that in part because this speculation on who will be in the 2011 lineup hinges on this outcome, which, of course, will be appealed and take a few more years to sort out. Hence, Dodgers will operate on an even skimpier payroll in 2011, 2012. That means two things: if you're low salary (cheap), you've got a chance to play everyday for the Dodgers; and 2) if your agent gets you good deals with sizable money, there's no chance we'll see you wearing Dodger Blue next year. Given the court mess, agents are running away from LA. That you can bank on.

Say hello to your 2011 Los Angeles Pirates!

having this "pitcher" on roster entire '10 season is one of biggest jokes in Doyas history...
keeping such "talent" on roster is how teams end up in 4th (or last?) place!


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