ESPN's Jason Smith Wrong About Maddux, Dodgers Routed By Phillies, 8-1

KP WeeSenior Writer IAugust 22, 2008

It's great when the "experts" get it wrong.

A year ago, I'd written a book about the Red Sox and I credited ESPN Radio's Jason Smith for giving me the inspiration to do so.

Smith irked me with his love affair with Brett Favre and the subsequent bashing of Brewers manager Ned Yost and the Milwaukee organization.

Now recently Smith was acting like a Greg Maddux fan, wishing Mad Dog would pick up the wins that a minor-league call-up wouldn't for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paraphrasing what the talk show host was saying, Maddux was one of the best fifth starters in baseball.

Well, in Maddux's first test on Friday night, he bombed. Though things started out early when the Dodgers gave Maddux a 1-0 lead, the future Hall of Famer went on to give up seven runs in the latter innings.

The Dodgers lost 8-1 and remained two games back of the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.

Not the best way to make your first start after being acquired earlier in the week.

Yes, it was just one game. But that's one game that the Dodgers couldn't make up in the standings, with time running out.

And who knows, maybe the Dodgers would fall short by that one game at the end of the season.

But the point is, Jason Smith was wrong—for now. So much for Maddux being injured ace Brad Penny's replacement. Or Jason Schmidt for that matter.

And by the way, on the same night, the Brewers' Dave Bush—now that's a good fifth starter—pitched seven effective innings as Milwaukee further solidified its position as the NL wild card team.

Bush has gone 6-2 since June 19th—a span of 11 starts.

The Brew Crew are 4 1/2 games up on the second closest team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Dodgers? 8 1/2 back of the Brewers.

And don't think for a second I listen to Smith because I want to. ESPN Radio is available as the only sports radio station in this market, and it's be nice listening to the gibberish that comes out of his mouth.

That was exactly how people treated me on Bleacher in the past--looking at one "bad" article I wrote and then continuing checking out my subsequent articles to see just how terrible I was.

Just returning the favor to Smith.

We'll see what the next blunder will be for the talk show host. Can't wait.