I know. I know. It is none of our business whether the McCourts will agree to mediation in order to save the franchise, but last Sunday’s game is proof positive of the Dodgers’ dire straits.
At the end of the eighth inning, the Dodgers were ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-1, thanks to Hiroki Kuroda’s outstanding pitching for the first eight innings and two home runs by Andre Ethier.
The ninth inning, however, was a different story. The eight-run spread began to melt away. The resurgence of the Pirates was not due to the skill of the Pittsburgh batters. No, the spread began to shrink due to the Dodgers’ pitching issues.
One after the other, Pirates players got on base. There were walks. There were weak pitches. Finally, the Pirates scored two runs. The Dodgers were a grand slam or so away from a historic loss. The game finally ended with the Dodgers winning, 9-3.
Sportswriters called it a victory for the Dodgers. Right.
The Dodgers won. The ninth inning, however, was perilous. Once again, the Dodgers got in trouble due to a weak bullpen.
For the last few years, Dodger pitching has been erratic. Ethier can hit. Kemp can hit. When Manny gets off the disabled list, he’ll hit. One weak pitcher, however, can erase the hard work of the entire roster.
The solution to this problem is to throw some money at it. The Dodgers need to sign a dynamite pitcher.
Juan Pierre is gone, traded to the Chicago White Sox for two pitching “prospects.”
Orlando Hudson is gone. He plays for the Minnesota Twins.
Two years ago, the New York Yankees signed pitcher A.J. Burnett for a five-year, $82-million contract. The Dodgers just don’t spend that kind of money. Not on pitchers, anyway.
Meanwhile the McCourts keep spending money on lawyers.
Too bad for the Dodgers.
Too bad for us.
Like they say, “This is OUR Town.”
ANITA SUSAN BRENNER is a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and an attorney with Law Offices of Torres and Brenner in Pasadena. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.