Rationally, I know that there’s no I in team. So, when a team wins, they win as a unit. When they lose (miserably), they lose (miserably) as a unit. But when you do need/want someone to blame, there’s always a standard go-to guy. In hockey it’s the goalie. In football it’s either the quarterback or the kicker. And in baseball, it’s the pitcher.
So fuck you, Kyle Kendrick.
I’m sorry, was that too harsh?
You were responsible for a team that was only 1.5 games out of first, a team that had overcome a 7+ game deficit – and you blew it. Early. You even said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that you wanted to keep pitching like a pro and you should have been doing it all along – which is a great sentiment. But where was the pro pitching last night?
Don’t tell me that the Dodgers are just that good. Sure, they have their moments. Hell, I even cheer for them on occasion (i.e. when they play anyone else). But this isn’t their year. And they’re not 15-9 good. Fifteen runs! 1-5. Get it? No, I know, you can’t be held responsible for all of those – especially since you got pulled after just three innings – but I blame you for giving them their momentum.
Maybe we need another stint in the minors? Hm?
There are just 50 games left in the season. I’m guessing you’ll start about 10. It may seem like a lot, but they’ll go quickly. Let’s fix this.
Hopefully, tonight, Oswalt can make up for your mistakes, because the Braves aren’t going to give up first place easily, and we need all the wins we can get before we face them again.
Consider this your pep talk. And count yourself lucky that there’s only one expletive. There were plenty more while I was watching last night.