Dodgers @ Mets April 24, 2013: Sigh, It’s Ted Lilly

citifieldFor the first time since May 23 of last year, Ted Lilly starts a game for the Dodgers. How’d that work out last time?

Actually, this one was less on the Albuquerque-fueled lineup failing to do much against Joe Saunders – other than Elian Herrera, that is – than it was about the regression I feared was coming for Ted Lilly rearing its ugly head. The eight earned runs Lilly allowed in just 3.1 innings were the second most of his career, behind only a nine-spot he allowed in one of his final starts as a Cub before being traded in 2010.

Right. Lilly was clearly pitching with a bum shoulder, of course, so that’s not exactly an accurate representation of his skills. Still, I can’t say I have high expectations here. Remember, his “rehab stint” to start this season was less about him being healthy and more about the team not thinking he was ready to face big league hitters. Lilly allowed five homers in 17 minor league innings during his four starts, and I’d go so far as to say I have more faith in Stephen Fife than I do him right now. In order to make room for Lilly, Tim Federowicz returns to Triple-A, ending the team’s brief (and somewhat pointless) run with three catchers.

Dodgers
Mets
LF
Schumaker
SS
Tejada
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Murphy
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Wright
CF
Kemp
C
Buck
RF
Ethier
1B
Davis
3B
Hairston
RF
Byrd
C
A.Ellis
LF
Duda
SS
Punto
CF
Lagares
P
Lilly
P
Harvey

It’s a good thing Lilly gives up a ton of flyballs, because in the push to find any sort of offense out of the left side of the infield, Don Mattingly is going with Nick Punto at short and Jerry Hairston at third. Luis Cruz sits for the third consecutive day, which can only mean one thing: he’ll start tomorrow, when I’m in attendance, and he’ll hit a homer, just like Juan Uribe did last season when I saw the team in Queens.

The Mets throw out 24-year-old Matt Harvey, and we should all be excited to get our first look at him, because the hype is real. In 29 innings, he’s got a 32/9 K/BB, and John Fisher of ESPN Stats & Information digs up some impressive pointers. After pointing out that only Stephen Strasburg and Jose Fernandez have higher average fastball velocities this season, Fisher adds…

Batters are just 1-19 in at-bats ending against Harvey’s slider this season, striking out on it an astonishing 41 percent of the time.

It’s the highest strikeout rate of any of his pitches, with the fastball second and the changeup third.

I’m not sure if a lineup without Carl Crawford is situated to deal with that. On the other hand, I’m not sure any lineup is.

Fri 10/11Sat 10/12Sun 10/13Mon 10/14Tues 10/15Wed 10/16Thurs 10/17
RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez

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833 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

*cheap homer


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EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Man Josh Wall sucks. this is all his fault. Guy should be shot out of a cannon

Lobo
Lobo

I think it's fairly safe to say this one's on the defense.  2nd run scores on a sac fly, after a double play ball only yields one out and the 3rd run scores because Crawford couldn't handle that fly ball.  He did zero to help the team tonight.  Made two bad plays in left and looked awful at the plate.  Oh well, at least Kemp finally homered.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

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deBlueProgeny
deBlueProgeny

soo..extra infielders dont help when you throw one across the middle of the plate

dltaub
dltaub

Carl Craw big D.....

JackedNate
JackedNate

I'm still scratching my head as to why Donnie replaced Ethier with Crawford 

BluESQ
BluESQ

We'll get 'em back tomorrow boys

JackedNate
JackedNate

But League only gave up one hit....

Ponch
Ponch

Nice inning, Wall.


Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Sorry I reacted too fast. I'm over it. I love Wall.

BluESQ
BluESQ

Is that stupid enough?

Lobo
Lobo

@JackedNate @Lobo To be fair, I don't think Skip makes either of the catches Crawford didn't.  But I also think he limits Baxter to a single because he would have let it drop in front of him, picked it up, and immediately thrown to second to either nail him or make him go back to first.  That probably wouldn't have been enough to save the game as they probably still bunt Baxter to second and he likely still could have scored on the Wright hit but it certainly would have been better than nothing.

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@JackedNate @Dang88 You know, I didn't watch the game until the 9th inning, but from what I heard on the radio, it sounded like Kenley got hit harder than League did. And TBF, we're not talking about this if Crawford catches the ball. 

BluESQ
BluESQ

Why doesn't Donnie like Jansen as closer anyway? He's been very good

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@JackedNate @Lobo I'm just over Donnie's constant shuffling of the players on the field. It's becoming incredibly redundant. 

JackedNate
JackedNate

@Lobo @JackedNate Yeh I really doubt Skip would've done different. I'm just wondering whether Crawford coming in cold from the cold into the cold might've been a bad choice.

JackedNate
JackedNate

@WestonTaylor @JackedNate @Dang88 K but no. Hairstons catch made League seem less shaky. His shit looked terrible out of the gate. Everything was up. Kenley was fine his stuff just had very little movement but he was hitting his spots. Besides; Why did kenley lose his closing role to start the season because of a late season injury? Thats bullshit. League was good on a fucked team.

BluESQ
BluESQ

You are right. Kenley did get hit a little harder, but its seems on the whole he's more consistent. And yes, if Crawford catches it, we win.