Cardinals @ Dodgers, September 13, 2012: Lynn vs Beckett

I’m honestly not really sure what else to say at this point. The starting pitching and the defense have each been decent enough, if something short of greatness, yet the offense has been a total black hole. Thanks to the recent slide, the Dodgers are now just five games over .500 at 74-69, and it’s really just as easy to see them go 7-13 and finish break-even as it is to see them turn it on and make the playoffs at this point, isn’t it?

If there’s hope here, it’s that St. Louis has fallen on hard times as well, coming off a sweep in San Diego and having been losers of 6 of 7 and 11 of 15. It’s with this that in mind that this – and yes, we’ve said this before – is “The Most Important Series of the Season™”, except this time it is. Not only is this the Dodgers’ last crack at the Cardinals this year, the two teams face very divergent schedules after this. The Dodgers head out to face Washington & Cincinnati, the two top teams in the NL, while the Cardinals start a nine-game run against the putrid Astros & Cubs. (Before then finishing off their season with a homestand against those same Nats & Reds, it should be noted, but who knows if those two teams will even be playing for anything at that point.

Cardinals
Dodgers
CF
Jay
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Carpenter
RF
Ethier
LF
Holliday
CF
Kemp
1B
Craig
1B
Gonzalez
C
Molina
SS
Ramirez
RF
Beltran
LF
Victorino
2B
Schumaker
3B
Cruz
SS
Descalso
C
A.Ellis
P
Lynn
P
Beckett

Don Mattingly, to his credit, is finally accepting that he needs to do something to shake up the order, and whipping boy Shane Victorino has finally been bumped down to sixth, where he’ll strand the heart of the order when they finally decide to get on base and then ensure that Luis Cruz & A.J. Ellis bat with no one one base. (Joking, but only sort of.)

That pushes Andre Ethier to the #2 spot for only the third time this year, and I have to say, I like that. Ethier is one of the few Dodger hitters actually worth a damn right now - .352/.410/.620 over his last 19 games – and Victorino obviously wasn’t getting the job done.

Josh Beckett, oddly, has faced only three members of this Cardinals team in the regular season, despite having kicked around the game for 12 years, and that’s really down to two since Lance Berkman is injured. Even the two he has faced – Carlos Beltran & Matt Holliday – haven’t seen him since 2009, so hopefully Beckett will have the element of surprise that always seems to foil the Dodgers when they face a new pitcher. (Of course, barely any Dodger has seen Lance Lynn, either.)

It’s hard to believe, but the Dodgers are still only just one game out of a playoff spot with four against that very team starting tonight. Can they take three out of four to pull into a tie? At least keep the status quo with a split? We’ve been saying it for a while, but they’re running out time to turn things around. It really, truly, has to start tonight.

1153 comments
Batted Bob
Batted Bob

I turned down free field level tickets tonight because they have lost all 10 games I have attended.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

YEAH DODGERS ARE GONNA TURN IT AROUND TONIGHT!!!!!

Scully Osis
Scully Osis

Man, I drank a lot last night... not sure if the Dodgers had anything to do with that

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Treanor's catching tonight, isn't he?

davstein48
davstein48

Next year with Lilly and Gordon healthy there will bw no stopping us.

Mattinglys Conscious
Mattinglys Conscious

Two things: One- has any wondered why the Dodgers aren't taking any walks? 2- remember at the beginning of the year when the dodgers were scoring a lot of runs? They had a bubbly team mascot by the name of Dee Gordon leading off. I know his batting avg sucks and opb is horrid, but why not try it. Here it is1)Dee 2) Hanley3)A Gon 4) Kemp5) Ethier6) Victorino7) Mark8) AJ

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Yep, feels just as bad in the morning.

Tangled Up In Blue
Tangled Up In Blue

I have this weird feeling that the Dodgers are gonna hire Terry Francona as manager for 2013. 

WillL
WillL

I'm thinking of filing a class action in L.A. County Superior Court for negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress on a city.  Damages would be the pro rata value of Gonzo, Shane, Hanley, Beckett, Matty and Ethier's contracts from around the A's series to the end of the year.  First guy I depose is Ned.  Second guy is Juan Uribe whose testimony will say, "they got the whole city of LA fired up for what $250 million?  I could have done what they have for $7M.  Wait, that is exactly what I make and am doing.  Why won't they play me?"  Third guy is Chase Headley who will say that he really wanted to go to the Dodgers for much less than what Hanley or Gonzo makes.  Last guy is Magic and I will ask him how his Fox Hills Mall investment was such a success.  Who wants to be part of the class?  

Coffee Head
Coffee Head

I came back to witness another totally inept loss.  These guys really need to stand up and take a bow.  In my worst nightmare, I couldn't envision this team as put together being this awful offensively.  Seriously, I wouldn't call this a slump rather than a total failure at all levels including questionable leadership.  They've given up 5 runs in 3 games, all losses.

 

I don't see how Don Mattingly survives this shit.  Some accountability needs to be taken. 

WillL
WillL

Cool-A-Coos, fleece blankets, Vinny Bobbleheads, Fernando Bobbleheads, hitting Ethier 2nd, leaving Paco in during a must-win game because there are lefties coming up (cmon Donny, I was in grief when I saw Paco out there after nicely getting out of the previous inning - set your young guys up for success), Dee Gordon as the base stealing x-factor --- NOTHING IS WORKING.  *sigh*

efb
efb

Scully Osis is a pretty cool (yet kinda rubs me the wrong way) name, but this guy is taken over the comments with cheap pop songs, unintelligible posts, and illogical conclusions. Welcome to MSTI youll fit right in (if this isnt a name change im not aware of). 

Scully Osis
Scully Osis

I isten to some rednecks talking positive about there college team and im like yea that's the dogers but i now i know it's not true

Scully Osis
Scully Osis

Mattingly's the problem... a lot of you guys don't know this.... but Mike is the main the guy that's been inspiring me to dump Mattingly.... WHAT DO U GUYS THINK????

Scully Osis
Scully Osis

WEEEEEEEEERRRRRRR GOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy Do it.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Scully Osis This explains much.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mattinglys Conscious Team doing well while Dee leading off is a classic example of correlation not meaning causation.

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

@Cadtalfryn I guess the upside to that kind of logic is that no diehard Dodger fans must have died this season.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

 @lafan4life78 

I really like Donny's new favorite move of pulling Luis Cruz for a pinch runner and then replacing him in the lineup with Nick, I can't even hit at the Mendoza line, Punto. Two one run games in a row and late in the game we have Punto's bat in the lineup in place of Cruz. Gotta love it.

Scully Osis
Scully Osis

Thanks... I was drinking last night. Kind of lost control :) Work TIME!

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

 @efb what about sporadically illogical conclusions? I feel so excluded! QQ

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

 @SCruzOptimusDamus Notice the teams with 600 RS and then the Dodgers....RA isn't so great either. When the Kings went in as the 8th seed they had one of the weakest offenses but a great defense and the fewest goals given up, people didn't notice that

Scully Osis
Scully Osis

 @DBrim  @Scully

usually people tell me what an annoying asshole I am... this morning I'm reading it.

WillL
WillL

 @Micro Scrotumo pretty much the same Dodger Talk as last night.  And the night before.  And the night before ...

Lobo
Lobo

 @DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy  @SCruzOptimusDamus Well the Dodgers do have the fourth fewest runs allowed according to this.  Problem is that they only have 15 more runs scored than runs allowed and are fifth worst overall in runs scored.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Scully Osis I'd rather listen to drunk ramblings than "fire Don Mattingly" or "this team has no heart" or things along those lines.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @WillL  @Micro Scrotumo I heard some of it tonight. And KK says pretty much what I think: this is a team-wide slump of epic proportions. And it's getting to be almost comical because you'd think a few times we'd get a couple of bloops in a row to score some runs. It is truly bizarre how unlucky we've been. Also... we have the capacity to come out of it and go on an epic run. Right now all we can say is... baseball. We are living in a parallel and opposite universe from the Giants.