Most MLB batters have a song they choose that plays over the loud speakers when they come up to bat. Relief pitchers also have a tune they select. For instance, Mariano Rivera runs onto the mound to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, and former great Trevor Hoffman used to sprint out of the bullpen to the sounds of AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”.
I have a suggestion for Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario. Cue the circus music.
It fits the used to be reliable pitcher nicely. All we need is a clown nose and some paint. The four-year veteran has been a joke this season for the Blue Crew, and it got worse during Wednesday’s first game of their day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees in the Bronx, NY.
Belisario managed to pick up two errors in one play that helped the Yankees score three runs during a crucial seventh inning that led to the Bronx Bombers’ 6-4 win in a game the Dodgers should have won (how many times have I typed should have won this season?).
Belisario dropped a weak pop up (he may have done it purposely to try and be cute and set up a double play) and then threw the ball away into center field to allow one run to score. What he should have done was just catch the ball and move on to the next batter with two outs, but the big mistake allowed one run to score. Then after he hit a batter, Ichiro Suzuki singled in two more to break open the game.
The mistakes by Belisario are nothing new this year. He has struggled mightily and probably is the second-biggest reason for broken television sets in Dodger fans’ homes this season behind former closer Brandon League. Belisario’s ERA is 4.78 this season, and he has allowed a run in five of his seven appearances this month. To make it even worse, during the month of June he has blown the lead four times for the Dodgers. He also leads all of Major League Baseball in inherited runners (19) who have scored. That’s a big number and a big reason it may be time to get him away from the tough situations.
Maybe it’s time he just joins the circus. Cue the music.