What a disgrace. What an embarrassment.
No, I don't mean that camera angle used to televise games at the new Nationals Park. I mean that debacle in Los Angeles, that statistical anomaly that sent eight guys home feeling as low the this-tall-to-ride sign in front of the bumper cars.
The Dodgers didn't manage a single hit Saturday, getting baffled for eight innings by Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver and relief pitcher Jose Arredondo.
But that's not the embarrassing part. No, the Dodgers can hold their heads up high because they still did something the Angels didn't do.
They scored a run.
Granted, they didn't earn it -- not in the stat-keeping sense, anyway -- but they scored it, and it counts. Fifty years from now, the record book will show zero hits for the Dodgers and one loss for the Angels.
How would you feel as an Angels hitter right now? I'm sure as a major-leaguer, you always feel some degree of guilt when you can't back up a strong performance by your starting pitcher. But this one goes beyond strong. Your pitcher was literally unhittable.
But forget the real-life ramifications. How do you feel if you own Weaver in Fantasy?
I can't tell you because I don't own him, but I imagine the Angels shame becomes your frustration. The guy did something historically good and still couldn't get the win.
Even worse, he took the loss -- and this for a guy who's underperformed all season considering you probably drafted him as no less than your No. 3 starting pitcher.
So I feel for you, Weaver owners. You got a raw deal -- one that puts Duchscherer's loss (eight innings of two-hit, one-run ball) in perspective. But that's the way the luck works in this sport, and the next time Weaver allows six earned runs in a victory, try to think of it as the luck evening out.
That's all for now.