I didn't see yesterday's game, but I saw the meltdown on Saturday. Ugly.
Speaking of closers, Gammons on ESPN radio tonight said "people in baseball" think Eric Gagne could eventually into the next Robb Nen.
"The best reason for committing loathsome & detestable acts -and let's face it, I am considerably something of an expert in the field - is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the tastes of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by anyone will an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good - and we all know how rare THAT is." - Acheron Hades, THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jaspar Fforde
Smoltzie the first two batters was just not there, but then he got that look in his eyes, the old school look, and that baseball was just pumping out of his hand. That heavy ball he throws that just saws bats in half...hopefully he will stay that way all season...cross my fingers.
The problem the Dodgers have is they have money invested in Kevin Brown, Kazuhisa Ishii and Hideo Nomo (which they should, except for maybe Nomo, but even he's not BAD), so they start. They moved Gary Sheffield to get Odalis Perez, so he has to start or it looks ridiculous. And then Andy Ashby is another guy they have money in, so he has to start. Gagne, like Omar Daal, just got left out in the cold, so closing this season won't hurt him.
When you consider the other closer options (Trombley or Carrara, or the horrible closer-by-committee idea), it looks even better.
The problem with comparing him to Robb Nen already is that he's going to disappoint everyone. The problem with Peter Gammons is that he's sort of retarded.
I'm unsure whether or not all outlets are offering this, but Time Warner Cable ( at least in the Carolinas (timewarnercable.com)) has a free week, starting today, of the MLB Extra Innings package. Yay free baseball!