Dodgers @ Giants May 4, 2013: Welcome Back, Dee

Hanley Ramirez has been placed on the disabled list, and Dee Gordon‘s back in town. None of that is surprising, and we’ll get back to that in a second, because there’s a lot to talk about first.

Good news! Carl Crawford is back in the lineup, leading off. I’m hoping that means he’s actually feeling better, and not that he’s rushing back because of all the other injuries, because… well, I don’t want to talk about that. Crawford’s presence leads to…

Better news! Gordon is starting at shortstop, of course, but he’s hitting eighth. I thought for sure we’d be forced to stomach him hitting leadoff, but fortunately Don Mattingly‘s made the right call here.

Great news! Despite pre-game reports that Adrian Gonzalez was wearing a soft cervical collar around his neck in the clubhouse, he’s in the lineup and hitting third. (Update: Gonzalez was scratched. Life is pain.) It’s a damn good thing he’s ready to play — I’m sticking my fingers in my ears here and blindly assuming that he is —  because I went back to Wednesday night’s game to find out how he hurt himself in the first place:

Yeah, that’s not the kind of thing you want to have end in a disabled list stint. That’s the kind of thing that gets you on a blooper real of silly injuries, like Steve Sparks dislocating his shoulder attempting to tear a phone book in half.

Dodgers
Giants
LF
Crawford
CF
Pagan
1B
Hairston
2B
Scutaro
CF
Kemp
3B
Sandoval
RF
Ethier
C
Posey
C
A.Ellis
RF
Pence
3B
Uribe
LF
Blanco
2B
Schumaker
SS
Crawford
SS
Gordon
1B
Belt
P
Magill
P
Vogelsong

In fact, this might actually be one of my favorite lineups of the year. We have Crawford leading off, A.J. Ellis hitting second fifth, and we have Justin Sellers and Luis Cruz absolutely nowhere in sight.

While I’ve been extremely clear over the last few weeks that I don’t think much of Gordon — while Sellers is awful, people seem to forget that defense matters, and white-washing over the fact that Gordon was one of the worst players in baseball last year is more than a little revisionist — from a fan’s perspective, I’m happy for the change of scenery. Gordon’s here, and I of course hope he succeeds.

For the record, remember yesterday when I stomped all of the idea of Gordon moving to second base, arguing that not only was it not really a great idea, but mostly a suggestion not based at all in fact? If so, you can imagine how much I enjoyed this report from Bill Plunkett:

Heh. The downside here is that a middle infield of Skip Schumaker and Gordon is potentially the worst defensive duo in baseball, and that’s not exactly what you’d ideally like behind Matt Magill, making his second career start.

That, of course, is the case partially because Mark Ellis is still unavailable, on the eighth day since his injury last Friday, and the fact that a team with such injury problems insists on playing a man down for over a week for this is just insane. Possible replacements Scott Van Slyke, Tim Federowicz, & Elian Herrera are all in the Albuquerque lineup tonight; my guess at this point is that we’ll be making the same complaint tomorrow too, since a move will have to be made on Monday to activate Chris Capuano and they’ll just hold off Ellis at that point.

That’s going to mean that more than a week of playing short is going to end up providing absolutely nothing of value; worse, I worry that Ellis will try to come back too soon and then hurt himself even further, costing him weeks of playing time.

Anyway, tonight’s game suddenly became very interesting. It’ll be a national broadcast on MLB Network for those of you outside the Los Angeles & San Francisco area.

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
1427 comments
I Digesti
I Digesti

Well - Here's to my new avatar.  I'm thinking the Dodgers have been made humble enough.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

ten to fucking nine? 


sigh. i do not want to know the details. 


dem bums.

I Digesti
I Digesti

Can we PLEASE trade for Scioscia?

I Digesti
I Digesti

That dude doesn't even look like he can hit.

BluESQ
BluESQ

Did anyone expect anything different?

BIah
BIah

that was their THIRD FUCKING CATCHER

BIah
BIah

did that really happen. 

BIah
BIah

What's the record for comments on a game thread?

Ponch
Ponch

Seriously, how do you rationalize keeping Cruz in LA, even with all the injuries the Dodgers have had? His bat is obscene.

BIah
BIah

If Ethier gets on base, count on Ellis bunting again.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

So I left for 9 innings, so I'm obviously delighted by the score (as compared to what I was expecting). In the meantime, I saw McKayla Maroney at Yogurtland.

Dang88
Dang88

They fooled us again

I Digesti
I Digesti

That pitch is on Alcatraz in 2011

BluESQ
BluESQ

Kemp hasn't gone yard in a while

I Digesti
I Digesti

Belt wasn't on the bag.  Not as bad as Helton, but definitely not on the bag.

I Digesti
I Digesti

Shit - he almost made it on base there.

I Digesti
I Digesti

If Cruz takes him deep, I will laugh for 3 days straight.

Jobu
Jobu

League's nickname should be Tums because all he does is give fans heartburn

JoeyE
JoeyE

almost G U E R R I E R time

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

SHUMAKER YOU ARE SO FUCKING GOOD AT 2ND BASE!!!!!! trololololololo

Chadd
Chadd

That was an inning buster.

Dang88
Dang88

Goat.....hold me

BIah
BIah

@Ponch He has no other options, if we cut him now he ain't coming back.

BluESQ
BluESQ

I know. Belt has a tendency to come off the base early

BluESQ
BluESQ

Walkoff homerun by the giants...someone had to do it

Jobu
Jobu

How about GERD