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Russ Ortiz and Ramon Ortiz in the same game? Dodgers deserved to lose

Apr 15, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

Russ Ortiz took the loss in last night’s marathon Dodgers-Diamondbacks game, but a terrible play from Matt Kemp in center field was actually to blame. With that said, at this point any major-league team using Russ Ortiz in a game that counts in the standings probably deserves to lose.
Ortiz went 103-60 with a 4.00 ERA in 1,341 innings through age 30, including 21 wins and a fourth-place Cy Young finish for the Braves in 2003. However, since then he’s gone 10-29 with a 6.59 ERA and putrid 185/177 K/BB ratio in 317 innings while pitching for five different teams, posting yearly ERAs of 6.89, 8.14, 5.51, 5.57, and now 8.31.
So if the Dodgers are in the 11th inning of a 7-7 game and want to use a 36-year-old pitcher who hasn’t had an ERA under 5.00 since 2004 … well, they deserve what they got. Heck, before turning to Russ Ortiz in extra innings they used Ramon Ortiz to get two outs in the seventh inning. He’ll be 37 years old next month, has allowed five runs in 4.1 innings so far this season, and hasn’t had an ERA under 5.00 since 2004.
I’ll never understand why teams keep giving chances to washed-up (and then some) veterans like Russ and Ramon Ortiz (or Sidney Ponson for another prime example) when they’d probably be better off just randomly picking a different pitcher off a Triple-A roster. You’re telling me there aren’t a couple 20-somethings in the Dodgers’ farm system who could do a better job than the geriatric Ortiz boys?

  1. Dan Whitney - Apr 15, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    At the very least a generic AAA-callup RP can post the same 5+ ERA at a lower cost and with minor league options remaining, thereby providing some financial and roster-spot flexibility.

  2. JCD - Apr 15, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Shhhhhhhh…..I’m still hoping someone signs my favorite pitcher of all time, Julian Tavarez.

  3. JK - Apr 15, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    In game 2 of the year, Jeff Weaver, Russ Ortiz & Ramon Ortiz all pitched in relief in the same game for the Dodgers. No wonder they lost to the Pirates…

  4. madcowmike - Apr 15, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Belasario and Kuo!!! Where are you?? The Dodger bullpen needs help!

  5. Right - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Yes, you are right, why the Dodgers kept them on the roster, who knows, idiocy. Madcow, you are, plus no sense. Belasario and Kuo were two of the best relievers in the game last year.

  6. Right - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Madcow, I apologize, I read your post wrong. Ortizs, go. Belasario, Kuo, come back soon.

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