Thanks, Frank and Jamie!
(This shot of Mila Kunis -- in case you're wondering who I'm talking about -- is from Nickslide's photostream)
The Giants can thank Frank and Jamie McCourt for going to the mat in divorce court. Unlike other years, the Dodgers are no longer in a position to make a smart deadline move for help. They're in a real financial bind and they are so desperate for pitching right now that they brought up a Triple A pitcher, James McDonald, to face the Giants tonight at Chavez Latrine. If the McCourts actually cared about winning the pennant, they would have opened up the bank account and gotten someone like Roy Oswalt.
The Orange and Black managed to tag McDonald for four runs in 4 innings and that was essentially the ballgame. Bumgarner held the Dodgers to a run into the 6th and the pen -- though wobbly at times -- let in only one more. So the Dodgers are now on a glorious five-game losing streak, with no help in sight. They have a very solid core of players (Kemp, Ethier, Furcal, Loney, Kershaw, Broxton) but if one of their regulars gets hurt, they probably won't win the division. Manny's still hurt so they started banjo hitter Jamie Carroll in left tonight. That's verging on desperate, a bit like the Giants starting Jose Vizcaino at first.
MLB Trade Rumors says the Dodgers are intersted in a lot of pitchers including Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren, Jake Westbrook, Fausto Carmona, Kevin Gregg and Ted Lilly. Yeah, and as long as we're engaged in fantasy, why not trade for Mila Kunis and Marisa Tomei, too? I'm skeptical that the Dodgers will be willing to take on any more salary, not with divorce proceedings going into high gear soon. Some people predict that the McCourts will settle. I'm not one of them.
In addition to thanking the McCourts, I also want to thank Matt Kemp for getting picked off in the second.