Thursday, July 30, 2009
Editor's Note: Sherrill-y You Can't Be Serious?
I am serious. And don't call me Sherrill-y. The Dodgers gave themselves a shot in the arm by trading for George Sherrill. Whether or not the addition is necessary, it definitely makes the bullpen one of the best in baseball. Entering the season, the 'pen looked like a weak spot. LA was relying on Ronald Belisario, Guillermo Mota, and Ramon Troncoso. Now, those names headline a powerful late-inning lineup, with Jonathan Broxton being the main star. Hong-Chih Kuo looks like his old self now that he's back, and while he can't be relied upon too much, he certainly provides some backup as we saw in their victory over St. Louis. But as always, the Dodgers look to add a starting pitcher. Schmidt cannot be counted on to be a solid fifth-starter, and if LA could bring in a competent hurler, he could preserve the bullpen and even be a solid 'pen presence in the playoffs. Names like Garland roll around as possibilities. The addition of Sherrill increases the Dodgers' strength, and they only look to get stronger.