Cardinals @ Dodgers May 20, 2012: Billingsley Goes For the Sweep

Don Mattingly apparently liked Saturday night’s lineup so much that he’s going to roll the exact same crew out there tonight, though with righty Kyle Lohse on the hill for the Cardinals and several lefties coming up this week, that’s not really much of a surprise. I continue to see the infield that’s being rolled out there and think that there’s absolutely no way this team can compete, and I keep getting proven wrong. With any luck, they can hold it together for another week or so until Jerry Hairston & Matt Kemp are both back in the fold. Oh, and in case there was any question about how serious Mark Ellis‘ leg injury really was…

Mattingly said LAD doctor told him that if they had waited another 4-5 hours to make cut to relieve pressure, Ellis might have lost his leg.

From what I’ve read, six weeks seems to be the absolute best-case scenario, and it might be likely that we don’t see him again until at least the All-Star break. But the Dodgers aren’t the only ones dealing with injury woes, since the Cardinals have placed Lance Berkman on the disabled list thanks to the knee injury he suffered in last night’s game and recalled top prospect Matt Adams to make his big league debut. Adams, in tonight’s lineup hitting 7th, hit 32 homers for Double-A Springfield last year and was on pace to do even better this year for Triple-A Memphis.

According to Bill Shaikin, if A.J. Ellis reaches base tonight for the 29th game in a row, it’ll tie the Dodger record for catchers currently held by Mike Piazza & Roy Campanella. If being mentioned in the same sentence as two legends like that isn’t worth 200 All-Star votes or so, I don’t know what is.

Cardinals
Dodgers
SS
Furcal
CF
Gwynn
CF
Schumaker
2B
Herrera
LF
Holliday
LF
Abreu
RF
Beltran
RF
Ethier
3B
Freese
3B
Kennedy
C
Molina
1B
Loney
1B
Adams
C
A.Ellis
2B
Delcalso
SS
Sellers
P
Lohse
P
Billingsley

 

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