Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
2005-08-23 18:37
by Mark T.R. Donohue

This late in the season, what's there to say? The Rockies have met the Dodgers ten times so far this season. Besides a sweep in Los Angeles in late April during a ten-game losing streak for Colorado, the Rockies have played the battle-scarred Dodgers pretty tight. As of this writing, here's who's on the Los Angeles disabled list: Eric Gagne, J.D. Drew, Paul Bako, Odalis Perez, Wilson Alvarez, Kelly Wunsch, Jason Grabowski, and Darren Dreifort. Also Brad Penny has been suspended and Milton Bradley is hurt but not on the DL. And yet they're only one good week away from contending in the NL West at five games out.

Jeff Kent is the guy not to let beat you, although relative no-names Olmedo Saenz, Ricky Ledee, and Hee Seop Choi have good numbers as part-timers. Young catcher Dioner Navarro is one of those non-prospects risen somehow to star status by the utter lack of talent that surrounded him in his former organization in New York. Yhency Brazoban has struggled as Gagne's replacement and has lost the closer's title to Duaner Sanchez. The beatable trio of Jeff Weaver, D.J. Houlton, and Penny will face the...also beatable trio of Jamey Wright, Byung-Hyun Kim, and Aaron Cook in this three-game road series. I'm going to go out on a limb and say Colorado takes the last two games here. Why not? The Dodgers like the Cubs before them are just looking for a reason to call it quits on the season and Kim and Cook are both capable of having big games on the road. Only a knack for not being injured has kept Wright his starting job. We'll see how he plays out the string.

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