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Monday, April 25, 2005

Dodgers - Activated Penny

Los Angeles Dodgers - Activated P Brad Penny from the 15-day DL; placed P Elmer Dessens on the 15-day DL.

It would be nice if the Dodgers could actually reduce their number of injured pitchers, but they’ll at least settle on getting the better players back.  Penny has had bicep problems since the Lo Duca trade, but the Dodgers really need him healthy now.  His first start back wasn’t great, but it looked better than the line score.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 25, 2005 at 01:43 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. AROM Posted: April 25, 2005 at 04:15 PM (#1286155)
Considering where he was pitching, I thought Penny did a pretty good job.

His velocity was mostly 88-91, but he did hit 95 once. He was probably about 3 MPH slower than that, because either the thin air adds to velocity or else the Rockies have a fast gun in their park. I've noticed other pitchers throwing harder there than they do in other parks.

After watching Perez and Weaver get bashed around, my expectations for Penny were minimal. He surpassed them, so I traded Jason Schmidt to get Penny on my team. It helped to get a certain Ranger 2B as a throw in.

Thank you Nomar, for making this trade necessary.
   2. Marlins-in-DC (rferry) Posted: April 25, 2005 at 04:49 PM (#1286211)
Penny is at his best when he takes a little off his fastball.

I hope he has a great year. Shall the Marlins rue the day they let him get away for a thirty-something year old catcher.
   3. NTNgod Posted: April 25, 2005 at 08:46 PM (#1286800)
Shall the Marlins rue the day they let him get away for a thirty-something year old catcher.

Beats letting him get away for Matt Mantei.
   4. AROM Posted: April 25, 2005 at 09:04 PM (#1286843)
LoDuca's a pretty good catcher. Off to another fine start. Marlins should either trade him July 31st, let someone else suffer his typical fade, or get him a lot of rest so he can be productive for the whole year.

They could have kept Penny and not spent money on Leiter, but then they'd have no closer and a replacement level catcher.

I think if Penny regains his early 2004 form both teams can be happy about the trade.
   5. Miko Supports Shane's Spam Habit Posted: April 25, 2005 at 11:44 PM (#1287269)
After watching Perez and Weaver get bashed around, my expectations for Penny were minimal. He surpassed them

Another possible factor is that it was cold (box score had 46 deg F) and rainy whereas the previous two games were on nice, sunny days.

I was at the game; once it started raining (4th or 5th inning) Coors Field was an empty cavern.

BTW, the gun readings for Francis's fb were around 87-89, which is pretty much where I've seen him on the road.
   6. AROM Posted: April 25, 2005 at 11:55 PM (#1287309)
All things considered, I think 4 runs in 5 innings is a quality start for Coors field.

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