Does Joe Torre really believe that Esteban Loaiza and company are going to get the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series? Or even past the red hot Arizona Diamondbacks? Well if you're like me, and I know I am, then you know the answer to both of those questions is NO! Esteban Loaiza had his last good season with the White Sox and is three seasons and as many teams past helping a team reach the playoffs. Not to mention, he has to feel awkward in the dugout with the likes of great young players Matt Kemp and James Loney who have more talent in their middle finger than Esteban could imagine in his present "over the hill" state.
Naturally, Joe Torre is going to lean on his veterans more than most managers because that's all he has known with the Yankees, but that philosophy isn't going to work with the Dodgers who have talent in their farm system that Brian Cashman probably drools over on a regular basis. The 20-year-old Dodgers prospect is tearing through the competition at Double-A Jacksonville. Sure, he gave up 5 runs on Monday, but before that he had not given up a run in 19.1 innings and struck out 19 in the process. This young man has an upper 90's fastball and a curve-ball that has turned the eyes of scouts everywhere. One bad outing is not reason enough in my book to make Dodger's fans suffer through another start from the next number 5 pitcher in their rotation.
Dodger Blue faithful, let it be known that you want to see the future ace of the pitching staff. Is it just me, or can you imagine Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw doing business like Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson when they took down the Yankees. Lets band together, and ask Joe Torre to remember what it was like to see a right and left combo like that in the World Series. Dodgers fans, I wish it wasn't true, but if the Blue are going to make the series they are going to do it on the backs of Kemp, Loney, Broxton, Billingsley and Kershaw; not Andrew Jones, Jeff Kent, Jason Schmidt and Esteban Loaiza. It is time for some Kershaw in LA!