Giants @ Dodgers April 3, 2013: Juan Uribe Lives! Kevin Gregg Does Not!

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150For the first time since August 14, 2012, the unthinkable has happened: Juan Uribe is in the starting lineup. His path over the last year has been beyond comical, and all it took was for Hanley Ramirez to hurt his thumb and for Justin Sellers to throw away two balls in one inning when he’s only on this team for his defense. (Whether Sellers should have been allowed to get right back in there rather than stewing on his mistake until at least Friday, given tomorrow’s day off, is a matter of opinion, I suppose.)

Uribe’s return to the hot corner breaks an even longer streak by pushing Luis Cruz over to shortstop, where he hasn’t been since August 1 of last year. He started that game, a 4-0 loss to Arizona, before being removed in a double-switch and being replaced at short by Ramirez. Other than a few starts at second base, Cruz was exclusively a third baseman after that… until tonight.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
LF
Crawford
2B
Scutaro
2B
Schumaker
3B
Sandoval
CF
Kemp
1B
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Pence
RF
Ethier
C
Sanchez
SS
Cruz
LF
Blanco
3B
Uribe
SS Crawford
C
A.Ellis
P
Lincecum
P
Beckett

You’ll also notice a change at the top of the lineup, where last night’s duo of Jerry Hairston & Mark Ellis (0-7 against Madison Bumgarner & Sergio Romo) is replaced by Carl Crawford & Skip Schumaker. It’s pretty obvious that these are moves generated by righty Tim Lincecum being on the hill for San Francisco rather than any necessary rest, given that the Dodgers don’t play in two of the next five days, but let’s be honest: no matter who is hitting there, they need to simply get runners on base for Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Andre Ethier.

In better news, the team has released non-roster reliever Kevin Gregg, per every single beat reporter at the exact same time. It was surprising at first when he wasn’t on the Albuquerque roster yesterday, but Ken Gurnick reported that Gregg did not want to report to the minors and preferred to be set free. Considering this is an organization that already has relievers like Shawn Tolleson, Josh Wall, Steve Ames, & Javy Guerra in Triple-A, this is no loss at all. In fact, the temptation to use him has been removed, so I’ll consider it a win.

1943 comments
JoeyE
JoeyE

im kinda glad we only play the giants once a month this year.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I am thinking about instituting a new rule for myself. If they load the bases with no outs and fail to score, I am turning off the game. That just signals its going to be one of those nights.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

The thing with Cruz is I am fine with him off the bench. He is a great complementary piece. But not something you build your team around which is just what we have done.

JoeyE
JoeyE

yeah yeah 3 games for cruz. if we had hanley and if cruz was hitting 8th and playing solid D i probably wouldn't care much. but since we have to rely on him, like him hitting 5th the other day, yeah that sucks

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

@JoeyE I'm kind of disappointed that Kershaw can't pitch or bat cleanup every game.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@JoeyE Yup. I would rather have AJ bat higher. Hes the only one besides Carl that got any hits.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@JoeyE This is the dumbest bull shit I have seen today

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

@EephusBlue @Gilbert_Vengeance @Kewldood69 Im just saying where is the alternative in  house or FA? If we were to trade for a solid SS or 3B we'll further deplete our farm system and there wernt any good options last offseason in FA'cy and in house.... Herrera? Barden? Youk? Its not like it was by design that we banked on Cruz... it was more of his flash of hitting like you said, and us recovering from the McCourt era.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Gilbert_Vengeance @EephusBlue @Kewldood69 Where did I say he was the only problem? And yes we have built the team around him and other key players. With Hanley out he is the only other right handed bat out there outside of AJ who Donnie refuses to bat higher. That means he needs to be what Hanley should have been. The team is now built around him as a major component. So yes his inability to hit becomes even more glaringly obvious. 

And I never said he is the only problem. But out of the key parts that the team is built around he is the one without a track rrecord to give me hope that he will recover. AGonz will hit because he has shown he can. Kemp will hit for the same reason. Cruz outside of a few good months hasnt shown he can do anything. No different than Herrera. The only difference was that Cruz got hot toward the end of the season which carried positive thoughts into the offseason where as Herrera everyone thinks sucks.

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

@EephusBlue @Kewldood69 When did we build a team around him? You prefer Uribe? Is there another option for us right now? Look i dont like him popping out everytime hes up to bat, but we for sure didnt build a team around him. Hes starting at 3rd cuz he's our best option there with Hanley being out. Even with Hanley back we'd be stuck with either Dee or Sellers so we're fucked either way. This offense is sputtering and Cruz isnt helping but isnt the only problem.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@JoeyE @EephusBlue Yeah I keep bringing it up on twitter and people respond with anger. One guy was upset that I was singling him out. When u pop up feebly 75% of your at bats so far, thats pathetic. At least AGonz and Kemp hit the ball hard.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@JoeyE @EephusBlue Cruz is crashing hard. Its funny how many fans blindly support him yet are ready to rip Uribe to shreds. Uribe has had more of a track record of success than Luis.