Ghost of De La Rosa Future

Yesterday the buzz throughout the MLB was the return of Stephen Strasburg.  I have to admit that I was curious to get my first look at this supposed phenom after all the publicity he had last year.  With all the press he got, I almost expected to see some type of super performance with fastballs clocked well over 100 mph like those of Cinncinati’s Aroldis Chapman who has thrown 105 mph.  Strasburg was good and had command of his fastballs that routinely hit 97 mpg and touched 99 mph.

Strasburg shut out the Dodgers over five innings with just 56 pitches thrown, four short of his 60 pitch limit.  Maybe he is not a supernatural freak, like the subject of a fantasy baseball movie or Twilight Zone episode, but he looked like he could be the Nats version of Clayton Kershaw some day.

All of this is great news for Rubby De La Rosa, who must have been watching with keen interest.  If Strasburg and several other pitchers could successfully pitch in a major league game just over a year from Tommy John surgery, the prospects for De La Rosa are bright indeed.  Of course each person reacts differently to the surgery and arduous rehab process.  But the chances suddenly look good that we may see a return of our 100 mph fireballer a year from now.

The Dodgers made a great comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the rain delayed game and finished on top 7-3 with some clutch hitting by Rod Barajas and Andre Ethier.

Hopefully today Mattingly will put Jerry Sands in the lineup either in a corner OF spot or at 1B.  Sands finished with 29 homers and 88 RBI in 370 at-bats at high altitude Albuquerque.  It will be interesting to see if he has home run power at sea level Washington, D.C.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 7, 1962 – With four steals in a 10-1 loss to the Pirates, Dodger Maury Wills breaks the modern National League record for stolen bases in a season with his 82nd swipe. Cincinnati’s Bob Bescher established the mark in 1911 playing left field with Cincinnati.

30 Responses to Ghost of De La Rosa Future

  1. Nellyjune says:

    Another great thread!!!! I would love to see Jerry playing tomorrow.
    Justin “Tatoo” Sellers had the “Capital One” play of the day 🙂

    • 32and53fan says:

      Thanks Debra. What are you doing up so late?

      I am watching a new show… Picker Sisters… a ripoff of American Pickers. A couple of glamorous interior decorators from L.A. travel all over America looking for industrial looking, rusty, heavy duty junk to take back to L.A. and turn into artistic one of a kind furniture to sell at their upscale store.

      • Nellyjune says:

        Checking papers and other school-related stuff, along with watching Fox News and MLBTV. I have seen that show advertised. It sounds fun!! Hubby and I are into all those type shows…American Pickers, Storage Wars, and Pawn Stars to name a few. Some of those people they visit on
        American Pickers border on being a candidate for the show about Hoarders – lol!!!

  2. trublu4ever says:

    It is another great thread. And, thanks again for this blog. I would love to see Jerry play a little also. Great to see Tattoo’s play made the highlight reel, Nellyjune. I suppose that means he will “sit the pine” today. After all, poor Eugenio4ever must get some playing time. 😉

  3. Well it looks like the Nats still have a phenom in their rotation, although the Dodgers’ first ball swinging didn’t give him much of a chance to show more of himself in fewer innings. The Dodgers showed their famous impatience with him and he was able to go 5 innings. I was glad to see him leave and I’m sure so were the Dodgers. Then it was good to see them rally to win the game.

    • Honestly. When you know a pitcher like Strasburg is on a strict pitch count, you would think that “veteran” players would try and run his pitch count up as quickly as possible and not be hacking at the first and second pitch they see.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Yep. And you’d also think our fu*king idiot manager would stop putting 0 – 31 in games!

      • 32and53fan says:

        Steve Lyons mentioned this. The problem was that Strasburg was “pounding the strike zone” and not nibbling around the corners like the relievers who came after him.

        • Shouldn’t make any difference though. They weren’t doing anything swinging at it either. I think Lilly had the longest AB while Strasburg was in there. He may be pounding the zone, but a ML hitter should be able to at least foul a one or two off per AB. 3-4 innings of Strasburg is better than 5. IMO they could’ve had him out sooner had they just used their heads.

          Hell, all we heard about the first two years of JoJo was running the pitch count up on the starter. It was maybe the ONLY thing I agreed with him about. These last two years it seems they’ve totally abandoned it and will hack at anything.

    • 32and53fan says:

      What a tragedy. Imagine what would happen if a jet with a MLB team went down. I hate to even think about it. In 1970, a plane crashed killing nearly the whole Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, almost wiping out the university’s football program.

      Other air disasters with sports teams:
      The Superga air disaster took place on Wednesday, 4 May 1949, when a plane carrying almost the entire Torino A.C. football squad.
      The Munich air disaster killed several members of English side Manchester United in 1958.
      The entire 1961 United States figure skating team died in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 on their way to the World Championships.
      The 1987 crash of a Peruvian Navy Fokker F27 killed most of the Peruvian football club Alianza Lima’s team.
      The 1989 crash of Surinam Airways Flight PY764 killed a group of Surinamese players known as “The Colorful 11”, whose members played professional football in the Netherlands.
      Nearly the entire Zambia national football team was killed in a 1993 crash.

      • What’s sad is that not only was this preventable but it also marks a sad day in sports history. The local hockey clubs, lost two well respected players in Ruslan Salei and Pavol DeMitra and the NHL lost many good friends amongst the players and coaches whom lost their lives.

        The KHL lost wonderful people who represented their team to the fullest, their countries with pride, and the sport itself with grace. Amongst the many different Hockey Associations worldwide, we all, as fans of the game, lost ambassadors whom will always be remembered.

        Now comes the hard part where the fan base must cope and a nation must heal. The equivalent of the NTSB will investigate and ultimately find the owner at fault, and the lives of these men will ultimately be a sad reminder of owner negligence, and in these days, that comes common.

        • I state the owner as at fault because according to reports, the airplane that burned up was supposed to be out of commision and was deemed unable to fly at a safe operational manner as far as 2 years ago.

          As I read, the problem occured when the plane didn’t get high enough and caught a power line or some kind of elevated line and ripped something under the plane, causing a fire and then, the eventual crash and burn.

  4. Just saw there’s no game today – going to play two tomorrow, weather permitting.

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Gnats lost…come on Dbacks, beat the Rocks!

  6. JhallWally says:

    G’Aints lose!! Wah-Hoo!! Go D’Backs!!!

  7. Nellyjune says:

    Jim Federowicz is going to be wearing Mike Piazza’a #39

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Dbacks won! yay!

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