These kids can play

31 Jul

Let’s be honest — most baseball fans don’t really follow what happens west of St. Louis. I’m in the minority, of course, as I spend countless hours each summer watching NL West games.

Fans of West Coast baseball know that the Dodgers have a very solid group of young, talented players. Chad Billingsley and Matt Kemp are the cream of the L.A. crop, and tonight they once again showed why.

Chad Billingsley

Chad Billingsley

Kemp extended his hitting streak to 17 games and stole his 25th and 26th bases. Nicknamed “The Bison” by Dodger bloggers, this kid is one of the more gifted five-tool players you’ll see. What’s great about Kemp is that he’s just starting to figure it all out.

Billingsley, meanwhile, has been more or less dominant for about a year now. He threw his first career shutout tonight in a 4-0 victory over the Giants. He’s always thrown hard, but now he throws a lot more strikes and pitches to contact much better. He turned 24 yesterday.

Hopefully, East Coast and Midwest baseball fans will get to know Kemp and Billingsley a lot better over the next 10 to 12 years.

A nice win tonight, allowing the Bums to take two of three in the series. We’re finally over .500, with a four-game home series against West leader Arizona starting Thursday. I’d love to take 3 out of 4, but I’d be OK with a split.

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We’re thinking about a quick trip to Farley on Thursday. Not 100 percent sure yet, but I feel like the Dyersville Tournament is calling me. 🙂

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It has been EXTREMELY muggy in Iowa this week. My dehumidifier is filling up every eight hours or so. And I’m really out of shape, so the sweat is just dripping off me these days.

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