Padres @ Dodgers September 4, 2012: Hey, It’s Eric Stults!

Oh hey, the Dodger lineup is exactly the same as it’s been every single night, to the point where I wonder why I even need to post it any longer. (Not that this is really a bad thing, of course.)

In more important news we finally have the bullpen health update we’ve been waiting for all along… Javy Guerra was placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, and Josh Wall will be recalled to take his place. It’s actually kind of an odd move, because the 15-day disabled list is almost never used in September once rosters have expanded. An oblique injury could easily end Guerra’s season and if so, moving him to the 60-day could provide the spot that Dee Gordon or maybe Ted Lilly will need, but I don’t quite get why they’d even bother disabling him if it’s not to open up the 40-man spot. It’s not like this move was needed to get Wall back up, anyway.

Padres
Dodgers
RF
Denorfia
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Forsythe
CF
Victorino
3B
Headley
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Quentin
CF
Kemp
C
Grandal
SS
Ramirez
1B
Alonso
RF
Ethier
CF
Maybin
3B
Cruz
SS
Cabrera
C
A.Ellis
P
Stults
P
Kershaw

But let’s not pretend that Guerra is the bullpen arm we’re most concerned about, and while we finally have some info on Kenley Jansen, the news is mixed. The good news is, he’s not expected to be out for the season, and that’s wonderful. However, he will be out for another two weeks (returning on September 18 in Washington) and plans to have surgery this winter to correct the problem.

Clayton Kershaw takes the hill tonight attempting to become just the fifth Dodger to collect 200 strikeouts in three consecutive seasons, but it’s also fun to note who’s opposing him for San Diego – old friend Eric Stults. If you look back through the archives of this blog, you’ll note that Stults was always a favorite around here, sorely underappreciated as a back end starter type who could come up big every now and then. He was the only Dodger to toss a shutout in 2009, and threw one of four the club had the year before; when he was shipped off to Japan in March of 2010, it wasn’t without some sadness here. Since leaving, he’s bounced around from Hiroshima to Colorado Springs to Denver to Charlotte to Chicago to Tucson to San Diego, where he’s been very effective in 13 games (9 starts) for the Padres with a 2.45 ERA (3.88 FIP). With the exception of one poor game against San Francisco (of course), he’s allowed zero or one earned runs in every start.

Glad to see you back, Eric. Sorry for what (I sincerely hope) is about to happen to you.

1950 comments
Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Paco has struck out 32 of the 77 professional hitters he has faced. Rodriguez has a combined 0.92 ERA with Class A Great Lakes and Double A Chattanooga.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

hah. overheard when Paco was throwing bullpen,

AJ: "WTF we have tryouts in Sept??"

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Awwww

 

Logan Morrison ‏@LoMoMarlins

.@BMcCarthy32 just saw the knock u took 2day. Hope ur ok! If u want u can come 2 the hospital & Ill share my meds with u <3#SharingIsCaring

 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Billz confirmed to 60 day DL

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Wrinkle: apparently Chad would be eligible to come off the DL in late October.

JoeyE
JoeyE

MLBN just showed Cy Young candidates. No Kershaw mention. SMFH

 

Cueto, Gio, Dickey, Chapman, Kimbrel

JoeyE
JoeyE

same lineup. speedy vet must hit at the top of the order

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Question: why did we draft a reliever in the second round?

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

 @Mike Petriello Apparently ESPN has announced that Donny doesn't expect Chad back for the remainder of the season, if that helps at all. 

Dang88
Dang88

Do you guys think there is a Bob Melvin's tragic illness?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So no official word yet?

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

I sorta wonder how Uribe feels when rosters expand and even more players are ahead of him on the depth charts, but I don't care all that much.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

wish i knew how to search for players who appeared in bigs same year they were drafted

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

RT @truebluela: Steven Rodriguez is here, wearing number 75

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

Trying to read the Billingsley news in the best light: He's out the remainder of the season, but won't need TJ surgery, and they're putting him on the 60-Day DL for Dee or whoever to get on the 40-man

efb
efb

Man i made it from UCLA to Dodger Stadium yesterday in 45min. Left at 6:30 arrived at 7:15 so fuck all yall

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

 @EephusBlue Perhaps Mr. Kemp could concentrate less on photo hijinks and more on getting a goddam base hit every four or five games.

JoeyE
JoeyE

 @EephusBlue that pic has such a retro feel to it. man i love the home whites.  best uni in baseballl

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @Mike Petriello Just do it the same way I answer all my stats questions: Ask someone who's better qualified to do it, then take credit for the inquiry.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @LA Woman Are you bringing your sleeping bag to ensure that you've got a spot for hello kitty tote bag night?

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@LA Woman Love the sleeping guy and his sign

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Crow T Robot Sounds like this year's second round pick Steven Rodriguez.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @efb That is awesome and miraculous! Yay!!! Did you get a Kemp jersey?

efb
efb

 @LA Woman nope, only for the first 30k and the place was really crowded for a weekday game

efb
efb

 @ThtsaPaddlin Yeah i missed the dodgers do nothing in the bottom of the 1st boo hoo lol 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @ThtsaPaddlin If I didn't do it for the bobblehead, I sure am not going to do it for a stupid tote bag! Besides... my camping out for tickets phase is waaaay over.

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

 @ThtsaPaddlin  @efb  @el serracho Are there only two entrances now? I remember in the old days when there were at least three or four. I used to park way, way out in back of the 76 station, and was out of there in almost no time.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @efb  @el serracho Everyone should share their secret routes to the Stadium.  I swear that if there was some way onto the 110S from the 5, I could be off the freeway and parked in 5 mins.

efb
efb

 @el serracho  @ThtsaPaddlin Thank you lol, So for people on the westside going to the dodger game during the height of traffic take: Olympic, left on Union, Right on 6th, Left of Beaudry, Left on Sunset, Right to Dodger Stadium = 45min