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Weaver Gets Piazza But Loses
2004-04-30 07:19
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The biggest risk that Jim Tracy took Thursday night was letting Jeff Weaver pitch to Mike Piazza with the bases loaded in the seventh inning, down by two runs. Weaver justified Tracy's confidence with a dramatic, Bob Welch/Reggie Jackson-like strikeout, only for Wilson Alvarez to falter in relief in the final two innings. I disagree with the move to let Weaver pitch to Piazza, but I'm not going to pick on Tracy when so many things have worked this year.

That said, this was a disappointing series - nearly a sweep at the hands of the Mets.

Weaver is the first pitcher that should audition to be a Dodger pinch hitter - more so than Darren Dreifort. He really seems to have a clue up there at the plate. He already has two doubles and a single in 10 at-bats this season, and I still remember his Spring Training home run.

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