Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0: That One’s Not On You, Josh Beckett

beckett_arizona_grass_2013-04-14Earlier today, I merely asked that Josh Beckettbe good“. I think it’s safe to say that Beckett did quite a bit more than that, putting out what was by far his best outing as a Dodger. Beckett pitched into the ninth with nothing but zeroes on the board, striking out nine Diamondbacks and at one point retiring 12 in a row. For a man who had been clearly been the weak link of the rotation thus far, Beckett really made a statement that he belongs.

But of course, it wouldn’t be the Dodgers if a great pitching performance wasn’t wasted, would it?

Despite three hits from Adrian Gonzalez, their best chance may have come in the top of the eighth, when Nick Punto led off with a single and was bunted to second by Beckett. Punto advanced to third on a Carl Crawford groundout, and Kirk Gibson brought in righty Brad Ziegler to face Mark Ellis. For reasons I still don’t understand, Don Mattingly allowed Ellis to bat — remember, we’ve established many times that Ellis just can’t hit righty pitching — rather than bring in lefty Skip Schumaker. Ellis swung at the first pitch and grounded out, ending the threat.

Beckett hung up another zero in the bottom of the eighth, and Andre Ethier walked with two outs in the top of the ninth before inexplicably getting caught stealing with A.J. Ellis up. Mattingly allowed Beckett to go out for the bottom of the ninth, but that’s when things really got odd. Beckett induced Martin Prado to ground out before allowing a double from A.J. Pollock. Mattingly sent Schumaker to left field, ostensibly as part of a double switch, went to the mound… and then left Beckett in anyway.

Now, as impressive as Crawford has been, you get the impulse to have Schumaker’s stronger arm out there with a man on second. But it sure looked for all the world that Paco Rodriguez hadn’t been warming up until Beckett put a man on, and that left Mattingly without a choice about leaving Beckett in.  Miguel Montero walked intentionally to set up the double play, and then Paul Goldschmidt poked a single through the right side to hand Beckett a brutal 1-0 loss.

Mattingly’s going to take a lot of heat on this one, as he should. That being said, it’s tough to hang the loss on him entirely, because Matt Kemp struck out three times while going 0-4, and Mark Ellis & Crawford can’t say they did better. A.J. Ellis & Luis Cruz — good lord, even I didn’t see this coming from Cruz — each went 0-3, and really the only hitters worth a damn on the day were Gonzalez and Punto.

So while we’re all upset about this loss — understandably, as it was a tough one to take — I’m hoping we can all at least take some good out of it from Beckett. That, and attempt to figure out just what is going wrong with this offense.

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I Digesti
I Digesti

What's wrong with the offense?  The best player isn't hitting and there are two black holes in the lineup.  

BTW - Kemp's approach is clearly different, and I don't like it.  He's actually being overly patient and is taking good pitches to hit.  4% down on O-Swing (remember that Kemp is a very good high and low bad ball hitter - especially high), 2% down on Z-Swing.  Meanwhile, he's seeing 10% more than usual strikes in the zone and is making more than 10% less contact on outside pitches.  This suggests that Kemp is being overly tentative.  

JackedNate
JackedNate

Would the Blue Jays be interested in Dee?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I am disappointed that Mets Rockies triple header isnt a real thing.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So what? What happens now? Lilly refuses minor league assignment then what? Trade? DFA? He's still rehabbing.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Twitter embeds are fucked up. Glad it wasn't just me an my llama.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@EephusBlue First they have til may 3rd to make a trade or activate him thats when the rehab time ends then he is either activated or put on waivers. If he is not claimed they 10 days to either trade him or release him once he hits the waiver wire. They can always make a deal with him for early termination in exchange for not trading him to say Houston who just found out they need a pitcher.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Marine Layer @LA_Woman  Sorry. Ghosted you because I found out my friend didn't know that the site he got that from was a joke parody site.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@plaza234 @EephusBlue sure. But I dont really care about Ted Lilly the individual. I care about the Dodgers. So I want to know what are the Dodgers options. I assume DFA, trade or release? But in each case, what happens to the money owed him?

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@LA_Woman @Marine Layer save it 4 the cops.  BANNED.  BANNED.


jk.  do you.  i <3 politics.  fucks guns and gun carrying asshole fucker faced losers.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Disgruntled Goat @WestonTaylor @plaza234 @EephusBlue I worry. He's no where near ready. I can see why they want him in the minors ironing out his crap before getting called back up. If Lilly were ok, maybe he could slot into the rotation with Cappy back in the pen. But right now he is dynamite slathered in gasoline.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@WestonTaylor @plaza234 @EephusBlue i have some concern, as much as i'd like lilly to be gone, that Chaz's insurance - Cappy - is now Granky's insurance. 

you really cannot have enough pitchers. 


that said, i don't want him pitching except in case of emergency. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@EephusBlue @plaza234 DFA = release unless someone takes him on waivers, in which case dodgers gotta pay all the salary to get a c level prospect.