A Mannyless NL West …

Now that we know Manny Ramirez will be out for 50 games, ironically just long enough to return in time to face the Padres — yes, their luck — we’re wondering what it all means for the Dodgers and this division.

My quick guess? The Dodgers win the NL West by 10 games instead of 20. There, I said it. I think their offensive, obviously, will take a hit without Ramirez in the lineup. How could it not? That said, I think they’ve got enough to win this division and I like their pitching. I always have.

Anyway, I got the chance to talk to a few Padres today and manager Bud Black about Ramirez. Here’s what a few of them have to say.

“From a personal side, it’s disappointing. He’s a focal point for our industry. When something like this happens, it hurts the game. He arguably the best offensive player in our division. That makes their lineup a little different. How much? You don’t know because you don’t know how the other guys will respond.”

From pitcher Jake Peavy:

“I want an even playing field. You see that there’s no favorites being played. That shows you that  baseball is serious about what they’re saying and doing. I’m happy that we’re heading in the right direction. I believe in punishment. If he’s guilty, then Major League Baseball is doing the right thing, if not, then I’m sure they’ll look into it.”

“I’ve said it before, that’s one of the best Major League lineups I’ve faced. You take Manny out and put Juan Pierre in there, it’s not the same lineup … that has nothing to do with Pierre, he’s a good player. They’re a great baseball team from top to bottom. Manny makes them a lot better than they are. I’m sure they’re going to feel the effects of it. There’s no doubt that not having Manny in the lineup changes the dynamics of their team.”

From pitcher Josh Geer, who allowed a home run on April 30 to Ramirez:

“It bothers me a little bit. You never really know the true story. It could have been the doctor’s fault. I haven’t looked too much into it.  You can’t really judge people, it could be the doctor’s fault. You hate to see that, if he’s taking steps to enhance his performance.”

From Padres manager Bud Black:

“From a personal side, it’s disappointing. He’s a focal point for our industry. When something like this happens, it hurts the game. He arguably the best offensive player in our division. That makes their lineup a little different. How much? You don’t know because you don’t know how the other guys will respond.”

Cheers, Corey

2 Comments

It really is sad that this is all starting up again.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Corey, I don’t know about you, but the sun seems to shine a little brighter here in Oklahoma after a Padres win.

Our pitching has been exceptional for three straight games. If we don’t start executing small ball well, I’m going to keep pulling my hair out. I was pleased to see the offensive outpouring of four runs yesterday though😉

Maybe a visit to Minute Maid Park will be enough to awaken our offense.

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