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Posted by Dave Regan at 9/7/2006 10:55:00 AM
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It's looking more and more like the Dodgers' losing out on the David Wells sweepstakes could come back to haunt them. Wells had a very good August (2.65 ERA in five starts) and had a solid debut for the Padres (1 run in 6 IP). Meanwhile, the Dodgers are considering the likes of Mark Hendrickson, Hong-Chih Kuo, and Eric Stults as the #5 starter AND are dealing with Chad Billingsley's oblique injury. Sure Wells is old and sure the Padres paid a high price to rent him, but this could come back to haunt the Dodgers.


Isn't it funny how all the teams thought to have big starting pitching surpluses - Twins, As, Red Sox, Braves, Dodgers - now need extra starters at the end of the year. You really can never have enough pitching.
Posted by schoenke at 9/7/2006 3:25:00 PM
No doubt. Things were looking good until Aaron Sele started pitching like...Aaron Sele. I'm guessing the Sox could use Lowe, Pedro, and/or Arroyo right now.
Posted by vtadave at 9/7/2006 3:31:00 PM
You can never have enough pitching, especially with rookies holding down key positions on their respective teams. Liriano, Papelbon, Weaver, Verlander, and Billingsley have all have hit bumps in the road down this stretch run.
Posted by schwang2u at 9/7/2006 4:03:00 PM
Agree. I've read articles suggesting that the Tigers trade a "starter or two" this offseason to fill holes elsewhere, but trading a Bonderman or Verlander, for instance, is not a good idea unless some team wants to overpay.
Posted by vtadave at 9/7/2006 5:08:00 PM
All of a sudden, the Dodgers (who could do almost no wrong in August) are looking like they might have peaked too early. I'd be a bit concerned about their lineup as well as their pitching. In my opinion, the Padres will win the N.L. West because they have the best starters and bullpen in the division. LA should be able to hold onto the wild card, but that could get a little dicey. It's pretty amazing that the N.L. West is leading the way for two playoff berths this year, when the division winner last year (SD) was 82-80.
Posted by tedrossman at 9/8/2006 12:02:00 AM
Next weekend's 4-game series between the Dodgers and Padres will decide the division and with the Padres OWNING them this year (11-3 vs. LA overall), it's not looking good for the boys in blue.
Posted by vtadave at 9/8/2006 10:33:00 AM

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