I have a man crush on Ethier
stats out myself, and according to that page, he's been pretty damned good.
I am not sure if it's anecdotal or just his sticking out like a sore-thumb when he is the third out on a looking strikeout, but it seems to me his offensive numbers don't produce wins. Anti-clutch is about the right description. I might have to crunch some numbers to prove this but here's the thinking:
Matt Kemp is anti-clutch, he cannot extend innings. You know he is going to get out, probably by strike out, when you just want one more hit, regardless if it's for an RBI or not. He cannot extend innings, he cannot knock-out the opposing pitcher. He is as predictable as a Loney double-play.
I love his defense, I love his "potential," but I'm afraid we're seeing Raul Mondesi 2.0. I cannot stand stupid baseball players, unless they hit like Manny(?).
kemp ties up the game, it's still early in the game, so it doesn't count!
Wolf had a pretty rough outing today. Didn't really look sharp at all, and I'm guessing Philadelphia was more than a little perturbed by what happened in the last 2 games anyway.
"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." - Vin Scully being clairvoyant in 1988.
The Los Angeles Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Champions
Splitting a series with the WS champs isn't bad, especially with a Manny-less Dodgers. Considering the Dodgers haven't been hitting well for a while, i'll take a 4 game series split.