Starting At Third Base: Russell Martin?!

So, explain this to me: Ned Colletti is sitting in his nice, cozy office at Dodger Stadium and pondering the future of Blake DeWitt. Now, with Nomar about ready to come back, he sends him down for Cory Wade, because we somehow NEED a 12 man pitching staff. Now remember, Chin-Lung Hu, Delwyn Young, and the rest of the team? They don’t play third base. So, knowing this, Nomar will become the full-fledged starter for at least the next three weeks or so, until Andy LaRoche gets back..

Yeah… here’s how that worked out:

Top of the 9th inning:

  • T Saito relieved J Broxton
  • C Hu at second base
  • R Spilborghs hit for M Corpas
  • R Spilborghs walked
  • W Taveras ran for R Spilborghs
  • S Podsednik doubled to left, W Taveras to third
  • G Bennett catching
  • R Martin to at third base
  • W Taveras scored, S Podsednik to third base on passed ball by G Bennett

What the…?

That’s no typo. For those who didn’t tune in, as Podsednik doubled to left, Nomar popped his calf trying to get the ball, thus removing himself from the game and bringing in our backup third baseman Bl… uh… An… oh wait, Russell Martin.

Once he goes to third base, Bennett comes in to catch and on the very first pitch from Saito, Bennett botches it, bringing in the tying run.

Now, you see, this begs a much bigger question: just how fucking brain dead do you have to be to send down your young, hitting third baseman when he’s the ONLY POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE??!! It is beyond stupid to put yourself in this position with any third baseman, but the Stupid Meter goes up infinitely when that third baseman is a man who has been DL’d about 29238472309482903840923983488^2 times in the past few years and is expected to man the position every day for the next three weeks. Not only do you kill your depth, but this lack of depth caused the team to have no other choice but to move their starting catcher to third base, only to have their backup catcher come in and give up the tying run in the 9th inning. Now, sure, I don’t think anyone expected Nomar to go down THIS soon, but you should never put yourself in this position to begin with. It’s like Theo Epstein one day saying: “You know what? We don’t need any other right fielders for now… we have Drew to hold fort!” The good news is that, DeWitt will be able to be called up immediately, rather than waiting the standard 10 days. The reason is that Nomar will almost certainly have to be DL’d with what Joe Torre said was a pop in his calf, something similar to last year.

Thanks, beautiful.

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