From the LA Times -
Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games starting today, The Times has learned.
Now, it would be unseemly to gloat about this happening to a guy who tanked defensive and base-running plays while he played for the Red Sox in order to force a trade out of Boston.
...Well, it would be unseemly if I had any shame.
But since I don't.... Oh YEAH!! Hey Dodgers fans - WE TOLD YOU SO! :)
Of interest to Diamondbacks' fans is the fact that Ramirez' suspension seriously alters the dynamic in the NL West. Right now the Dodgers have the best record in baseball, are 2nd in runs scored and 1st in on-base percentage in all of baseball (1st in the NL in runs, hits, RBIs and batting average, and near the top in most of the other offensive categories.)
In 50 games, without the presence of Ramirez in the middle of their batting order, expect them to fall back to the middle of the pack. Not to fall apart completely (LA's pitching has been hot so far, too), but enough to give an opening to the other teams in the division, none of which have a better than .500 record.
Now one of those teams (are you listening AZ?) has to take advantage of the opportunity.