Dodgers @ Phillies June 4, 2012: Kershaw vs Worley

Between this afternoon’s roster fun with Shawn Tolleson & Juan Rivera and tonight’s MLB draft, the Dodgers actually have a game to play, kicking off a four-game series in Philadelphia with Clayton Kershaw on the hill. Dig this, though: Tony Gwynn was initially included in the lineup, hitting eighth and playing center, but was scratched about three hours prior to the game in favor of Adam Kennedy. Why would that be? A tight hamstring. Of course it’s a hamstring.

Meanwhile, the MLB draft is kicking off at just about the same time as tonight’s game is, which is more than a little annoying. Anyway, you can make some pretty easy money by betting that the Dodgers will take a live-armed righty high school pitcher with upside. It’s just a thing they do; the last time they didn’t choose a pitcher with their first draft pick was for James Loney, back in 2002. (Yes, before anyone says it, they spent first-round picks on Blake DeWitt in 2004 & Preston Mattingly in 2006, but neither was the first Dodger selection of the day.) The Dodgers choose at #18, which hasn’t exactly been a hot spot for talent in recent years; in the last 20 years, the only three #18 overall picks who have put up more than 0.0 rWAR have been Ike Davis, Aaron Heilman, & R.A. Dickey, ironically all best known for their tenures with the Mets.

Finally, old friend alert: Hong-Chih Kuo, unemployed since being cut by the Mariners in spring, has been signed by the Cubs and will report to Arizona for extended spring training.

Dodgers
Phillies
SS
Gordon
SS
Rollins
CF
Herrera
3B
Polanco
RF
Ethier
RF
Pence
1B
Rivera
C
Ruiz
LF
Abreu
CF
Victorino
C
Ellis
1B
Wigginton
2B
Hairston
LF
Mayberry
3B
Kennedy
2B
Galvis
P
Kershaw
P
Worley
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