Diamondbacks @ Dodgers August 1, 2012: Fife Hard With a Vengeance

Matinees are the worst sometimes. This is one of those times. Shane Victorino makes his Dodger debut on a Wednesday afternoon when most of us can’t watch, and then I’ll be getting onto a plane home sometime around when the final pitch is thrown.

And who will Victorino be replacing? None other than Bobby Abreu, as I had surmised yesterday. I’ll have more on that decision another time, but as much as we all wanted Juan Uribe gone, Abreu has no value if he’s not hitting – which he wasn’t – and I’m pleasantly surprised that the team cut bait with a veteran like that rather than watching him struggle indefinitely when it’s clear that he’s cooked. Abreu should be remembered fondly because he came in and produced when the team had almost no other options, but I’m thrilled the roster is getting to a point where you can actually say goodbye to someone like him without a second thought.

Diamondbacks
Dodgers
CF
Parra
LF
Victorino
2B
Hill
RF
Ethier
LF
Kubel
CF
Kemp
1B
Goldschmidt
3B
Ramirez
RF
Upton
1B
Rivera
C
Montero
2B
Hairston
3B
Johnson
SS
Cruz
SS
Drew
C
A.Ellis
P
Corbin
P
Fife

 

930 comments
Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

I have negative time today, but a fun quick post coming in a second...

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Ok, guys, i have my dream scenario for this year; Dicktorino plays (just barely) well enough to be in the lineup for the world series against the yanks when Kuroda plunks him in the head. Dodgers go on to win in 6.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

A music guy at a single A game actually got kicked out by an umpire.  Played "three blind mice" as a result of a disputed call.

 

Minor league baseball is awesome.

Dang88
Dang88

Does anyone know when Puig starts getting paid? is it once he starts in the big leagues or now?

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Gnatt Cain reverts to form! Punter Hence remains in form!

Dang88
Dang88

Looks like Josh Hamilton has been doing some naughty things again

Guitar
Guitar

insomnia...... ugh...

 

The fact that Mikey P hasn't posted anything since the end of that game (or even during it)

amuses me to no end.

 

I don't blame him.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

heres a question, with the acquisition of victorino, why do we need tony gwynn at all? he cant hit, and victorino basically does everything defensively just as well, so why cut ties with a valuable hitter in abreu when u just eliminated everything gwynn does with the addition of victorino

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Grant Brisbee:

Abreu came over to the Dodgers on May 4 after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels, and he did okay with the bat, hitting .251/.359/.341, but he fielded like a guy with fire hydrants down his pants because he was stealing fire hydrants from the fire-hydrant store. You might think that's a ridiculous simile, but that's because you didn't watch him field.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

Whoa, mets 11 back. 8.5 from WC? Why weren't they sellers? 

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I just hopped on here to see if there was anything new, and I'm amazed you guys were watching the suckfest in SF! Man!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So when does Jerry Sands replace Loney and RIvera at 1b?

Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)

Aaron Harang is going to make $7 million next year? One of the worst pitchers is going to make $7 million?

 

NEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Mike's payroll page upset me right now.

efb
efb

0 - 4 Pence, 0 - 4 Pence

Dang88
Dang88

 @el serracho I hope he hits him with bases loaded 2 outs tie game bottom 9th.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Dang88 Major league contract, so now.

Dang88
Dang88

I think Pence needs to tweek his batting stance just a teeny bit.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @JakeHorvitz 1. Abreu couldn't hit a beach ball right now.

2. Gwynn is probably still better defensively than Victorino, and can be a fourth outfielder at all positions.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @The_Real_Paul Because they're the Mets.  Do you really need more than that?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DBrim fuck that ump. fuck all umps, and anyone else, who think of their authority as absolute. 

Dang88
Dang88

 @DBrim I don't really need stats to tell me what I see neither does it matter, the guys plate discipline is crazy. Now every pitcher knows he is trying to be more patient so they get ahead of him and then throw crap that he will swing at. It's funny because he isn't on my team but it seems to him plate discipline is just not swinging first pitch.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Cadtalfryn No i said when will he actually be up not when should he be up

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @JohnM and if he does throw to lefties, please make sure that left infield defense is tight. there will be lasers going through there. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @JohnM  Belisario is still good, but for a guy that throws exclusively with a sinker (which is nasty as fuuuu), he should not be a set up man. He should be a righty specialist. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @JohnM  @phattonez7 i dont disagree that he is as ugly as Pence's ABs but he is FAR, FAR from the "worst pitcher"