In the first of what is sure to be a series of on-field indicators that Joe Torre is a better manager than Grady Little, the Dodgers have benched Juan Pierre. Andre Ethier, who hit .365 in Vero Beach/Beijing/Phoenix this spring will start opening day against the Giants and Barry Zito's double digit ERA. Pierre hit just .169 in Spring Training. Apparently, a 196 point batting average differential was enough to convince even the Dodgers that Pierre shouldn't be starting over Ethier or Kemp. Would 189 points have been enough? Well dude, we'll never know.