Rockies @ Dodgers August 8, 2012: Francis vs Billingsley

Apologies for the relative lack of posts over the last few days, but you can blame real work and life for getting in the way. Well, that and the fact that talking about a club that is getting completely shut down by the woeful Rockies is somewhat less than amusing. What is there to say? Despite the high-profile additions to the club over the last few weeks, what we’ve seen over the last two days brings to mind the bad old days of the “Elian Herrera / Scott Van Slyke / Bobby Abreu” late-June mess.

As you’ll notice, Jerry Sands is once again not in the lineup, and neither is Juan Uribe, who is now celebrating sixteen days since his last start. (It’s fair to ask if this is Uribe’s final game as a Dodger, by the way.) You are upset about Sands, and I would agree, though not quite for the reason you’d think. Despite how red-hot Sands had been over the last few weeks in the minors, it’s important to remember what a mess he’d been for the entire season prior to that, including spring training. He was changing his swing mechanics, he was uncomfortable at the plate… he was awful. I still have high hopes for him and think he’ll be a productive major leaguer, but it’s important not to over-emphasize a hot streak so much as to think he’ll be an instant star. It’s probable, if not even likely, that Sands could be given an opportunity here and fail. Don Mattingly, to be fair, was clear up front that Sands was not simply being handed a starting job.

So it’s not the simple act of Sands not playing that bothers me. It’s this: .257/.306/.396. That’s the slash line of supposed lefty killer Juan Rivera against southpaws this season, and it’s not like he’s adding anything on defense, either. He’s cooked, just like we so obviously knew when he was signed last winter. (I assume I don’t need to look up with James Loney is hitting against lefties.) If you have a better option than Sands at first base right now, then by all means use him and don’t give Sands a second thought. But you don’t – not even close – and sitting him neither helps the team nor helps him continue to get the reps to smooth out his mechanical issues. All of which makes me wonder, why bother going through the effort of cutting Tony Gwynn, then?

Rockies
Dodgers
LF
Young
LF
Victorino
SS
Rutledge
2B
M.Ellis
CF
Fowler
CF
Kemp
C
Rosario
SS
Ramirez
RF
Colvin
RF
Ethier
3B
Pacheco
1B
Rivera
1B
McBride
3B
Hairston
2B
LeMahieu
C
Treanor
P
Francis
P
Billingsley

 

809 comments
Dang88
Dang88

I kind of get this move honestly, M Ellis can't hit righties, Harry Jeriston can't hit anything right now, Cruz can't hit righties but Kennedy can hit righties better than them hit them at a .250 average but it's better than .200

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

Come on now, you seriously make me wake up to this? You're telling me that the Dodgers basically DFA'd Gwynn to bring Kennedy up, and then teased Sands for a few giggles while they were at it. I'm fine with Gwynn being DFA'd to give Sands a shot, I'm not okay with Gwynn being DFA'd for Kennedy.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

I have recently picked up BOriole and T Blue Jay caps, i have turned into one of those people who wear caps for fashion, but i at least take the stickers off so don't hate me!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Alright seriously......GUYS........YOU GUYS>........Seriously.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

Since you noobs love music so much i should let you know how awesome the Pioneer budget line of speakers is..........but then i might get banned for advertising....

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

AIght it be 1 am. Time for me to get to sleep so I can be excited for work tomorrow. Yaaaay work. No seriously its better than being unemployed

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I just bought a Beethoven album cuz im snooty and shit

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

Since you guys are awake maybe you can help me move my plasma......

 

...just moved that mofo by myself and managed not to break it.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @phattonez7   I don't think they thought of it like this.  I think they really see Kennedy as a key piece of the puzzle.  An article yesterday blew me away with the statement that the Dodgers "needed to make room" for Kennedy when he came off the DL.  Where we see Kennedy as a washed up guy who doesn't do anything well, think they see him as a veteran "glue guy" that is important.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @JohnM I just imagined your avatar emerging from the mud like John Goodman in Raising Arizona.  So there's that.

Dang88
Dang88

@phattonez7 oh does Sands play 2nd base? No he can't There is too much money tied to first base to let Sands play that's how the game works. Sand hit .204 against righties between this year and last so your hoping he can hit righties.

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

 @Deuce While that's true, I think that Mike is going to blow a fuse or two when he hears that Sands got sent packing instead of Uribe. How many times now has he said that this is probably the last day as a Dodger for Uribe?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz I want 15pg report detailing your thoughts on the impact of the New Deal in America's recovery from the depression and how that parallels with our current economic crisis, focusing on what we could learn from what they accomplished.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz Not in the real world man. That is some scary shit. We be living in some awful times.

Dang88
Dang88

@phattonez7 The reason is money , money is always a good reason

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue ha. me too. today i got a solid one when they were booing the coach for taking a trip to the mound, i was like "how dare you coach your players!" and i got a good couple laughs

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz Usually thats my goal every day to make complete strangers laff at something I said. And also what my goal is for when I attend games live. If i can make one person crack up with something I blurted out then i call that a win

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue  @DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy i liked it, but did i LOVE it, my favorite composition, non mozart or beethoven or famous composer is the theme from the movie "up" i dont know why but i love that song, i could listen to it for days