Dodgers @ Angels June 24, 2012: See You In Hell, Interleague Play

When interleague play kicked off this year, we thought that maybe, finally, this would be the season where the annual slate of AL games wouldn’t be soul crushing. The Dodgers took two of three in Seattle (around being no-hit, of course), then returned to Dodger Stadium to lose two of three to the Angels and win two of three against the White Sox. That was the high-water mark, unfortunately; after being swept in Oakland and splitting the first two in Anaheim, they enter today’s series finale 6-8 in interleague play and assured of a losing record in Bud Selig’s favorite wrinkle for approximately the 87th year in a row.

While the entire team has been mired in a dreadful offensive slump, the impotency of the Dodger designated hitters has been especially shocking. In 33 plate appearances in the role, the quintent of Bobby Abreu, Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera, Jerry Hairston, & Ivan De Jesus has combined for all of one hit, Abreu’s home run against Dan Haren on Friday. That works out to an almost unfathomable line of .034/.152/.138. I just cannot wait to get back to playing the National League; next season, with the Astros moving to the AL and the promise of interleague play every day, could be frustrating.

Juan Uribe is out of the lineup today as Elian Herrera gets the start at third base, and that’s notable mainly because even Steve Lyons is now publicly bashing him. The rumors around a potentially imminent Kevin Youkilis trade continue to swirl, with the Dodgers reportedly in the mix along with the White Sox, Indians, & Pirates, but after sitting out for three days, Youkilis is back in the Boston lineup at third base today. (Wondering who the Dodgers might look to move? I gave the organizational depth chart a full refresh today.)

Dodgers
Angels
SS
Gordon
LF
Trout
3B
Herrera
3B
Callaspo
RF
Ethier
1B
Pujols
DH
Abreu
DH
Morales
LF
Rivera
RF
Trumbo
1B
Loney
2B
Kendrick
2B
Kennedy
SS
Aybar
CF
Gwynn
CF
Bourjos
C
Treanor
C
Wilson
(P)
(Harang)
(P)
(Richards)

 

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