Dodgers @ Diamondbacks September 11, 2012: Kershaw vs. Kennedy

After yesterday’s well-received post about A.J. Ellis‘ spot in the order, Don Mattingly responded by moving.. ha, no, Ellis is still hitting eighth and the rest of the lineup is the same as it always is. And why should we have ever expected anything else?

But that’s okay, because there’s bigger and better news tonight: Clayton Kershaw & Matt Kemp are both back in the lineup, despite some worry this morning, based on an Enrique Rojas report, that Kemp might not actually return until the St. Louis series. Kemp only ended up missing two games after his shoulder MRI, and while that at least gives us some optimism that it’s nothing truly serious, it’s also not going to be much of a help if he’s not able to produce more than he had before sitting out.

Dodgers
Diamondbacks
2B
M.Ellis
CF
Eaton
LF
Victorino
2B
Hill
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Kubel
CF
Kemp
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
RF
Upton
RF
Ethier
C
Montero
3B
Cruz
3B
Johnson
C
A.Ellis
SS
McDonald
P
Kershaw
P
Kennedy

Kemp and Kershaw aren’t the only returnees tonight, as Dee Gordon, Elian Herrera, & Stephen Fife were all recalled from Triple-A now that the Albuquerque season is done. Gordon swaps places on the 40-man roster with Adam Kennedy, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a groin injury that will hopefully end his Dodger career. The Dodgers now have 33 active players on the roster – well, 31, since Kenley Jansen & Juan Uribe are included, and neither of them count – and I’d be surprised if we see any further moves, so anyone dying to get another look at Tony Gwynn or Scott Van Slyke can probably keep on waiting.

It’s nice to see Gordon back, but his playing time is probably limited to pinch-running duties at most, possibly getting some shortstop time if the Dodgers end up in a blowout. Herrera’s merely another bench guy, and I guess having Fife around means that we’re not likely to hear the end of “why isn’t he starting ahead of Joe Blanton” questions any time soon.

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ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Lamest late, late show in recent memory.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

I passed by Jake's house today and i just hear the radio blaring..

"Cauuuse i'm yoouurrrrr laaaaaadddddyyyy, and youuuu are my maaaaaaan"

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

K guys. I got a lot of freshly printed articles to read. Need to leave before I start complaining about Mikes wife and not having an avatar. Oh yeah, and somewhere in between the Dodgers lost. Who The F___ Cares?! (Somewhere, Carl smiles)

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Remember those Japanese groundskeepers from Major League?  "this is a shitty team"

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Hard to believe Mike hasn't posted a recap.  Shouldn't he have the "Dodgers lose 1-0 on a bullshit run off of a pitcher who otherwise pitched well because the offense sucked" ready to post for most occasions?

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

Mickey Hatcher needs to be fired. Like, now. Don't understand how the offense is this bad and this guy still has a job

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Good night cruel world! May the Bums burn off all that bad juju with Kershaw's sacrificial loss ..

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

Possible causes for dodgers slump:

 

lack of aaron miles/true grit

lack of playtime for dee(not really a reason, I just want it to happen)

don mattingley

not enough gel

kemps struggles

lack of loney

lack of gwynning

curse of mccourt

oh, and Kershaw doesnt know how to win

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Micro Scrotumo Go Matt!  Somebody had to put that asshole in his place.

 

In all seriousness, we have a bunch of guys who had just escaped a pretty toxic situation in Boston.  If we're hoping for them to rebound due to a "change of scenery", this is not helping.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @Micro Scrotumo Yay, Matt! (And actually Simers has never bothered me because I always read him as a curmudgeonly joke page. I just never took anything he said seriously.)

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@Micro Scrotumo Why do they even let this guy in? They should revoke his credential. I've never read him before reading this website and seeing you all complain about him. What a miserable fuck. Go join Red Sox Nation, asshole.

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@OldSchoolSaberLoveChild Hatcher may be giving hitting advice, but Hansen is still hitting coach

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@Saber Kid #293.2 Ned.fn.Culero ERM COLLETI. Can we haz a reel gm plz???

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @LA Woman I've often read him the same way, but his disrespectfulness is embarrassing to legit Times writers like Shaikin and Hernandez.  In recent weeks, between his interviews with Gonzalez, Beckett, and Treanor, it's become quite clear that he's an asshole sensationalizing the Dodgers' recent failures just because he can.  I went ahead and posted that on the times comments section.

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@LA Woman @Micro Scrotumo Hmm, I'm not familiar with his body of work as I said, but looking at it again, it can be read as comedy. If that is actually the case, then someone needs to let Treanor in on the joke.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @Oval Panda Slob  @Micro Kudos to Treanor for doing exactly what every single Dodger in the clubhouse or front office should have done long ago, and henceforth.  SCruzDodger called me a douche earlier, but Simers is a premier example, and I'm nothing in comparison.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @LA Woman Just clear your cookies or open up a private browsing sesh and you're golden.

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@LA Woman @Micro Scrotumo PHOENIX — It was the perfect start to a day, breakfast with the granddaughter twins, one of them even letting me sit next to her. The other is apparently still not buying my "I love UCLA'' routine. Then it was off to Target to spoil them, one getting a Barbie and the other a talking baby. They chose the most expensive toys, so there's no doubt they're my daughter's children. Now as they stood there posing for a picture with G.P., gifts in hands, a big smile from the one who likes me and a smirk from the other, it was a feeling of complete joy. There's no way the Dodgers were going to ruin this day. Before leaving for the ballpark, I caught the HBO special on the Yankees/Diamondbacks World Series that took place a few weeks after 9/11. A young girl, whose father was captain of a plane a terrorist flew into one of the towers, wrote to Derek Jeter and wanted to meet him. She got her chance, a nice TV reminder athletes mean so much to people sometimes and do the right thing. The Yankees would lose the Series in Arizona, but they won three uplifting games in New York, twice tying the score with two outs in the ninth inning. What a feeling watching that, and it has been 11 years. It seemed like an impossible task, but the Yankees brought so much joy to those people. But shouldn't that be the mission of every sports team, bringing joy to their fans? It seems so basic, but the Dodgers have been failures. They are trying to do a better job making players available for autographs, but inside the clubhouse there's no joy. I thought I'd try to change things, going to the clubhouse with the intent of inspiring — only to be told to leave. First person I see is pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, so I ask him if he has joy in his heart. "Every day," he says, which is impressive, knowing Joe Blanton pitches every five days. I move on to the next guy. "How about you, you don't look joyful." "This is my game face," he says. By the way, I say, "Who are you?" "Matt,'' he says, and so that's who Matt Guerrier is. Funny the things you learn when spreading good cheer. Luis Cruz is beaming, the joy just oozing from him as he shows me a picture of his 6-month-old son and his first haircut. "I couldn't feel any better," Cruz gushes, and I'm not surprised later when Cruz gets two hits and loses a home run on a great catch. I don't see Adrian Gonzalez, but already know there's no joy to his game, or it's well-hidden. I'm not surprised later when he takes a called third strike to end the game with the tying run on second. I check with Manager Don Mattingly. "For me personally, I got a lot of joy out of seeing you today,'' he says, promising if I can get the Dodgers to win the next 21 games he'll get me on the team's payroll. "Or pay you out of my own pocket.'' So far so good. I talk to Hanley Ramirez, who says, "Hey, my man.'' "I'm just trying to get everyone going,'' I tell Ramirez, "Because nothing else is working.'' That's when someone yells, "Zip it up." Now I'm an old man, and every once in a while I forget. But the voice is telling the team's PR guy to "Get that clown out of here,'' so I know Matt Treanor is talking about me. "What's your problem?'' says Treanor, and I'm thinking, I'm not the one who hasn't had a hit since July 26. "Are you trying to tell me you have no joy in your heart?'' I say to Treanor, never for a second thinking I would talk to a Treanor unless it was the athlete in the family. "Don't come in here causing problems about our attitude,'' says Treanor, and folks wonder why I don't spread good cheer more often. I tell him the team is dead, but I'm here to revive it and remind them how important joy is to what they do. "Get out of here," says Treanor, a second later saying, "Is there anything else you want to talk about?" Hello, anyone home? "Sure, but you don't seem in the talking mood,'' I say, and Treanor says, "I am now.'' Then he gets in my face and we're belly to belly because mine is so big. "What's wrong with this team?'' I ask. "No comment,'' says Treanor, and the whole team is watching because it beats taking batting practice knowing they're not going to score anyway. "Are you playing tonight?'' I ask, curious if the Dodgers have opted to surrender. He's not, and credit to his teammates for not cheering. He's getting really upset, and I'm the one who has been stopped from spreading joy. He says it's unbelievable the local paper isn't supporting the team and I never write anything positive. I mention Cruz, Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp, Ramirez and never get to the Clippers, Vernon Wells and a wonderful USC fan with ALS who is more determined than any of these guys. "I don't think you need to come at Hanley like that,'' snaps Treanor. You mean, my man? He tells me to meet him outside. I have a pass to get back in but I worry he might not. He says, "In the dugout.'' I agree, but need to chat with Mark Ellis. Ellis says he has joy, while Treanor interrupts to call me names that can't be printed here. In the dugout, Treanor swears a lot, puts a finger in my face and when a team official suggests he apologize, Treanor goes on an obscenity-filled rant. I just pull out my Blackberry and take a look at the picture of the twins holding their gifts. As for the joyless Dodgers, they fall flat again.

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@LA Woman @Micro Scrotumo If this damn paper is going to employ this douchebag and partner with bleacher report, then screw their paywall.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @Micro Scrotumo obviously i dont feel like working on my job right now. this site is such a drain on my productivity. I blame Mike. 

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@CodeBlueICU By the way, just now getting the double meaning behind your name. Hanley, Dodgers, etc.

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@CodeBlueICU Yep, right after they fired him. Coincidentally, Pujols started tearing it up when he left.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

He posted earlier. @OldSchoolSaberLoveChild

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @IBBFTW not sure how this is really his fault. He did put a good team together. Its not his fault Kemp sucks. AGoneOnVacay. VIctoin0-4. HanelyICUstrike3. BeardIsCutDown. MeatballBlanton. JansenHeartAche

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @LA Woman  @Oval Panda Slob Showed a lack of compassion for my 13 year old cousin for comparing his broken heart to 9/11 after his middle school gf dumped him.  I said he should get over it and put someone else in the spank bank.

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@Micro Scrotumo @Micro And hiding behind his grandkids? Sheesh

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

 @Oval Panda Slob  @LA  @Micro Meh.  I guess I feel differently than everyone else.  Well, except most of the comments on LAT.  I guess it's because I'm more annoyed with the team than Simers.  And really, was anything he said wrong?  

 

The only thing is, he's being the typical asshole he is, other than that I'm more pissed at the team than him.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @Micro Scrotumo nah. those kinds just get drunk and dont do shit. Lord. I never, ever want to become that. I hate to say it, but I dated someone that I think turned into that. 

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Well, you've always got the option of being a mediocre physician.  You wouldn't be the first.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @EephusBlue  i still dont have an avatar :( <-- super sad face. Tears are involved. 

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@OldSchoolSaberLoveChild Key word: coincidentally

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @IBBFTW  Rivera exists to give veteran at bat pop-ups

CptPineapple
CptPineapple

Here's the difference: If you don't watch and they win, it's a pleasant surprise. If you don't watch and they lose, it's exactly what you expected. If you watch and you sit for three hours watching Victorino and Co. wallow in the endless mire of futility that has been the second half of this season, you end the night either passed out on your face in the middle of the street, or wishing you were drunk enough to end up that way.

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DINGERS!

I forgot Rivera existed -_____-@CodeBlueICU @CptPineapple

CptPineapple
CptPineapple

 @CodeBlueICU I didn't watch tonight. I thought they might do better if I didn't watch. I was wrong... But oddly, I feel better than I have after the rest of these grease fire games.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @CptPineapple  @IBBFTW jeez. not at all. I am actually reviewing tomorrow's cases and typing out notes. Meanwhile wasting time on here with you guys. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @IBBFTW  agree. somewhat. Victorino is better than Rivera, for what I hope is obvious reasons. But after Crawford (hopefully) comes back next year, we wont need him. Altho i do think that victorino is a great starter having a down year

 

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Dfa Whining Hawaiian and Booribe for starters@CodeBlueICU