Dodgers @ Phillies June 7, 2012: The House Money Game

So you’ve won the first three games of a four game series, meaning you win the set no matter what happens today. You’re playing a day game after a night game. You’re in the midst of 20 games in 20 days, and you have to fly across the country to play in Seattle tomorrow night, without the benefit of a day off. Oh, and you have to face Cole Hamels. So it should come as no surprise that Andre Ethier & A.J. Ellis are both out of the lineup, which leads to such hilarity as a 3/4/5 that consists of Juan Rivera, Jerry Hairston, & James Loney. Actually, I’m a little surprised that Ivan De Jesus couldn’t buy himself a start in today’s game, but I suppose his time is short anyway; he’s almost certainly going to be the one sent back to Albuquerque on Monday when Juan Uribe is activated from the disabled list.

Dodgers
Phillies
SS
Gordon
SS
Rollins
3B
Herrera
LF
Pierre
LF
Rivera
RF
Pence
2B
Hairston
3B
Wigginton
1B
Loney
CF
Victorino
RF
Castellanos
2B
Fontenot
CF
Gwynn
1B
Mayberry
C
Treanor
C
Schneider
P
Harang
P
Hamels

Should the Dodgers enter the late innings with a lead, it’ll be interesting to see how Don Mattingly handles it, considering he probably can’t use any of the usual late inning trio of Josh Lindblom, Javy Guerra, & Kenley Jansen today. Guerra is of course out after knee surgery, and Lindblom (pitched each of the last two nights) & especially Jansen (three in a row, four out of five) should both be considered off-limits. Looking at the bullpen counter, Ronald Belisario might actually be your closer tonight, as he’s been off since Monday after also going three games in a row, but also expect to see a healthy dose of Jamey Wright, unused since throwing 39 pitches last Friday. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally see the debut of Shawn Tolleson?

The Phillies have made one roster move leading into today’s contest, placing infielder Freddy Galvis on the disabled list after he strained his back last night, leading to him pulling himself out with a 3-2 count against Chris Capuano. Michael Martinez was recalled to take his place. Placido Polanco is again unavailable today after Matt Treanor spiked his finger the other night, so with Jim Thome unlikely to play in the field and the assumption that Charlie Manuel will want to avoid using Carlos Ruiz if he can avoid it, the Phillies will be operating with a short bench today. Hey, maybe the Dodgers can loan them Adam Kennedy for the afternoon?

Ryan Lawrence, Phillies beat writer for the Delaware County Times, sums up today’s injury-riddled Philly outfit like this:

 

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