Dodgers @ Pirates August 15, 2012: Kershaw vs Wandy

Tonight in Pittsburgh, the Dodgers and Pir–

Wait, hang on a second.

BahahahahahahahaMelky Cabrerabahahaha.

We should try not to be too over the top with glee about this, because obviously we’ve lived through what happens when your All-Star outfielder gets busted for PEDs, and there’s absolutely no guarantee that we don’t wake up tomorrow to find out that Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier or A.J. Ellis are next in line. (Well, not A.J; steroids inject him.) We could go around in circles arguing about whether PEDs really have an impact on performance – for every Barry Bonds, there’s 30 guys you never heard of even despite their enhancing – and it’s never really good for baseball as a whole when the guy who was the star of the All-Star Game gets busted like this.

Dodgers
Pirates
LF
Victorino
LF
Marte
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Walker
CF
Kemp
CF
McCutchen
SS
Ramirez
1B
Sanchez
RF
Ethier
C
McKenry
1B
Rivera
RF
Jones
3B
Cruz
3B
Harrison
C
A.Ellis
SS
Mercer
P
Kershaw
P
Rodriguez

But still, this isn’t just any random player going down. This is a guy hitting .346/.390/.516 for not only the historical rival of the Dodgers, but the team that they entered the day locked in a dead heat for first place with. It’s hard to think that Gregor Blanco (.232/.329/.343) or whomever else ends up replacing him doesn’t lead to a pretty massive dropoff in production, and even losing just one more game because of it could be crucial in the playoff race.

So the Giant loss is the Dodger gain, but only if the Dodgers take advantage of it. Having Clayton Kershaw on the hill tonight against the reeling Pirates seems like a good start.

 

542 comments
EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

SOLE FIRST PLACE FEELS SO GOOOOOOOOOOD

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

The Dodgers are alone in first place. Order is restored in the world.

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

League is utterly untrustworthy.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

I wonder if Eephus could have some "Got Melk?" t-shirts available in Dodger blue in time for the next series.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Let August 15, 2012, forever be known as the day Melky Cabrera cost the Giants first place.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

somehow someone has managed to convince James Loney that he is really Juan Pierre

*VND*
*VND*

why we no like save our best arm? why no have Wright go and finish game?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Golden sombrero!

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

Alverez will have nightmares tonight

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Several times I've predicted the Dodgers would win the division by five over the Snakes, with the Gnats hanging onto third. I may have been pessimistic.

Chapter1ne
Chapter1ne

"Well, obviously Kershaw doesn't want to give up this hit right here. Another run scores."

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Even after Melkygate, Soriano sounds unenthusiastic about SF.

Chapter1ne
Chapter1ne

You don't say Steve? Thanks for the wonderful insight.

wilhud
wilhud

Just saw the Walker replay...did not look good. Hate seeing anybody get injured

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

I must have missed something. I thought the Pirates were good this year. The Dodgers are thumping them.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

League is out of his league.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@el serracho Better now than when it matters

Blue in AZ
Blue in AZ

I was wondering the same thing , why is kersh still pitching

Chapter1ne
Chapter1ne

Yeah, I don't think he wanted give up a hit right there either, or any other time.

Chapter1ne
Chapter1ne

@AnotherBrian Well, tomorrow is get away day with Blanton on the mound. We'll see.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@JohnM "typical LA fan leaving in the 8th"

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

 @DBrim I really hoped the Gnats would get him.

Chapter1ne
Chapter1ne

@Blue in AZ Donnie doesn't want Bills to out pitch Kersh.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Chapter1ne I foresee a Kennedy Uribe treanor lineup

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Mike Petriello Unacceptable. I cannot process the information from the game I just watched without a recap.