Saturday in Peoria, Featuring Future Dodgers Franklin Gutierrez & Casper Wells

It’s a damn shame that today’s game in Peoria against the Mariners isn’t televised — it can be heard on 570 AM — because in addition to a lineup that features four regulars and Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers are rolling with an actual big league pitching staff. Chris Capuano gets the start, with Chad Billingsley, Ronald Belisario, Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, & J.P. Howell lined up behind him. (No, nothing should be read into Billingsley pitching in relief; with so many starters, that’s inevitable, and as long as the work gets in, it doesn’t really matter when.)

Dodgers
Mariners
SS
Ramirez
CF
Gutierrez
RF
Ethier
3B
Seager
DH
Gonzalez
LF
Ibanez
3B
Cruz
1B
Smoak
CF
Herrera
RF
Wells
C
Federowicz
DH
Paulino
2B
Sellers
C
Zunino
LF
Puig
SS
Andino
1B
Barden
2B
Triunfel

It’s fun that League & Jansen are both pitching today, because that’s the topic of my latest piece at ESPN, which went up this morning. Almost nobody liked giving League three guaranteed years and $22.5m (with $10m in incentives possible), and fewer liked the idea of insisting that he’ll be the closer rather than Jansen. But when you look deeper into League’s performance in high-leverage situations and Jansen’s ability to strike out anyone at any time, it’s a defensible decision. If, of course, Don Mattingly uses them properly, which, who knows.

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There’s been a lot of consternation in the last 24 hours about the status of Carl Crawford, who has been shut down for a week with what’s being called “minor nerve irritation”. Unless it turns into something more serious, it’s not really that bothersome to me just yet. From what we know, this isn’t a completely uncommon setback during recovery from Tommy John surgery, and it’s important to remember that he only went under the knife in August. It’d be nice if he could be ready for Opening Day — a goal which is now definitely in question — but honestly I’d rather have him healthy on April 15 or May 15 if that what it takes rather than trying to have him push it just to be ready for April 1. Besides, between Skip Schumaker, Jerry Hairston, & Alex Castellanos you can cobble together some semblance of a left fielder for a few weeks. It’s a win for Castellanos, anyway, since Crawford opening the season on the disabled list (if that’s what happens) opens up an otherwise difficult to obtain roster spot.

One man who is absolutely not in that mix no matter how much fans want to think he is is Puig. That doesn’t mean we can’t marvel at his skills though, like the strong throwing arm he showed off when he nailed Angel Luis Rodriguez at third yesterday:

Yeah, I could get used to that.

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Hey, anyone terrified Ned Colletti will try to sign Vladimir Guerrero?

 

494 comments
Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

lots of fun stuff in a new post coming later

nudibranch
nudibranch

Let's hope Japan beating China won't lead to an international incident.

*VND*
*VND*

honestly if you care enough to attack SF because our team sucks... you suck. k night.

*VND*
*VND*

go baseball whatever who cares lets all just be like little kids and attack the Giants cuz blaaah something something San Francisco sucks and im a little kid.

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

Is there anything else better to do at 2:15 am than watch Japan vs China in the WBC on MLB network?

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

I sure wish we traded Capuano and Harang before they had the opportunity to diminish their value with awful spring appearances.

efb
efb

Yay i got a 2tlr goin after some bourbon and amertto!!

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

The crowd for this game is completely different than the last game. Mainly because there is a crowd.

*VND*
*VND*

no. i hate you guys but i kove you guys

*VND*
*VND*

i love you guys

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @dodgersdan I dont think these starts are going to really count against them. Its ST. Greinke gave up runs does that mean his value has dimished? Every GM out there knows that ST is when pitchers work on stuff and that the results aren't always indicative of anything. If they are traded it will be based mostly on their performance last year and previously than anything in ST

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @efb If you like smoking cigars, try dipping the tip in Amaretto. I recommend

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@DeucesWild that would be nice, but unfortunately, driving an ambulance drunk is frowned upon.

efb
efb

 @DeucesWild I got to saves these for a great occasion tho, not just for a druckin rampage on fri night. 

efb
efb

 @DeucesWild holy shit i have like 13 honderas and DR cigars in my humidor at this moment, that sounds like a great idea!

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello @Catfishin Cleveland lineup is posted gogogo

efb
efb

at that price, man i hope so

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @efb I love the Cuban Montecristos, probably the best I've ever had

efb
efb

 @DeucesWild never had one, but there DR's are superba... har har

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

 @DeucesWild Nope, that was actually my first time trying moonshine. This was after drinking like 4 growlers of Racer 5 between three people. 

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

 @DeucesWild Yeah, we went bowling and it was an absolute shit show. Somebody brought two mason jars full of cherrys in moonshine. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Antonio G That's awesome. It reminds me of my trip to Mexico with my buddies. We didn't do much other than drink and go for 4am taco runs. Pretty sure that was the last time I was still up drinking at 7am

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

 @DeucesWild It was my friend's birthday on Tuesday and then we realized none of us had anything to do for the next two days so it just kept going.