Chad Billingsley: 4-0, 2.14 ERA, 34 Ks, 12 BBs, 0 HRs
Randy Wolf: 1-1, 4.31 ERA, 27 Ks, 8 BBs, 2 HRs
Clayton Kershaw: 0-2, 7.29 ERA, 26 Ks, 11 BBs, 4 HRs
Eric Stults: 2-1, 5.50 ERA, 11 Ks, 12 BBs, 0 HRs
James McDonald: 1-1, 7.11 ERA, 6 Ks, 10 BBs, 2 HRs
Ugly isn't it? Look at those ERAs. And this is for a team that's in first place. Where would they be without Billingsley?
It pains me to see the Dodgers struggle on the mound, because as much as I like offense, and this particular team's offense, I know that the Dodgers are about pitching. It has always been what they know how to do. But now I'm not so sure. They seem to be like every other team that hasn't got a clue about what they're going to get out of their starters.
So in times like these, I turn to the great Dodger pitching past. But I'm not going to go way back to Koufax and Drysdale or even as far back as Sutton and John or Hershiser and Valenzuela. I'm going to talk about Martinez. Pedro's older brother. Ramon.
Recently, Thorzul contacted me, saying he had acquired over 150 cards of a certain Dodgers pitcher and he'd be sending them my way. I was intrigued. I immediately thought of Hershiser. But I was wrong.
It turns out it was 177 cards of the Dodgers' great hope for the 1990s, Ramon Martinez. And, apparently the person who originally had all these cards had great hopes for Ramon, too. Because there were 52 Ramon cards from 1989 Topps alone, plus 40 from 1989 Fleer and 29 from 1989 Donruss.
That was Ramon's rookie year when everyone thought he was going to be the next Doc Gooden. He almost was -- for two seasons. He finished 20-6 in 1990, struck out 18 Braves in a single game, and was second in the Cy Young voting. The next season was pretty good, too. But then injuries and a general inability to string together several good starts hurt his career. Ramon did well again in 1995 and 1996, but he was frustrating to watch a lot of the time.
With the injuries and all, it's easy to forget how good of a pitcher he was. So, here is my ode to Ramon in card form, thanks to Thorzul Will Rule. I present the many cards of Ramon:
Rising Star Ramon: You think CC Sabathia was the first guy to wear a tilted cap?
That ends the Ramon retrospective. Thorzul also sent a handful of other Dodgers: