D’Backs @ Dodgers, May 7, 2013: What Fresh Hell Tonight?

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Today’s winner of disabled list roulette is… Jerry Hairston! Congratulations, Jerry, you’ve won an all-expenses-paid trip to the DL days after it was obvious it needed to happen, finally making you a True Dodger™.

As we’ve all expected, Elian Herrera comes from Albuquerque to take Hairston’s place, because no team can possibly have enough players who can play multiple positions yet can’t hit at any of them, and I really mean that, because Herrera’s at just .250/.310/.336 despite playing in the pinball environment of the Pacific Coast League. He’s spent most of his time at second base, but has of course also seen time at third, left, and center; he’s able to play right and shortstop as well.

Diamondbacks
Dodgers
CF
Parra
LF
Crawford
SS
Gregorius
SS
Gordon
1B
Goldschmidt
CF
Kemp
C
Montero
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Chavez
RF
Ethier
RF
Ross
C
Hernandez
LF
Kubel
2B
Schumaker
2B
Pennington
3B
Punto
P
McCarthy
P
Beckett

The funny thing is, I don’t mind a guy like Herrera on a National League team. A player who can fill in at a bunch of positions when most clubs prefer to carry an extra reliever rather than an extra bench player can be quite valuable, so good on him.

But on this team, it feels like that’s all the Dodgers have anyway. Nick Punto can play three spots, and so can Justin Sellers. Juan Uribe, Luis Cruz, & Skip Schumaker can all arguably play four — arguably — and that’s without even considering what Hairston provides when he’s healthy. Sure Herrera can play some outfield where the guys other than Schumaker can’t, but… so what? Schumaker really shouldn’t be playing second base over Punto anyway.

So did this team need another guy like that, or did they need a guy who can play first, left, and right, and who can actually hit one out of the park if he gets a hold of it? You tell me, and remember, I say that sticking to my long-held opinion that Scott Van Slyke really isn’t that great in the first place. Though he may be an option in the next few days, that won’t change the fact that there was a need more than a week ago. If anything, I weep for Alex Castellanos, who is missing his opportunity with a poorly-timed injury for the second year in a row.

But hey, at least Josh Beckett is starting tonight and A.J. Ellis is out (understandably, at least) and Dee Gordon will get more plate appearances now that he’s hitting second and… oh. Man, it just never seems to get better around here, does it.

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
1664 comments
PasadenaDodger
PasadenaDodger

Your point is totally debatable. You think this is the Matt Kemp of the future?? What crack are you smoking?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i strongly dislike being near other people's cell phone conversations. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i'm sitting by the pool in palm springs. is about 60 on it's way to 85. gonna be a good day. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i predict that the dodgers will either win or lose today. 

socalkid21
socalkid21

Wow. I never said ruined my life. I never said panic. You're being presumptuous and even going so far as to personally question my maturity because I what? Told someone to climb down off their high horse? Managing for dummies was a reference to Lobo and I argueing over .050 Ramon hitting with two on instead of .900 OBP AJ pinch hitting and Lobo seems to think literally ALL managers except Joe Maddon would 'never ever in infinity situations use their starting catcher to pinch hit or else they'll get a boo-boo in one at bat.' Also, if you read anything I ever write: it's only hyperbolic in prose and sarcasm. I'm not calling for Puig or fire Don or any other stupid chicken little crap being said around here. But it's good to see you're the tireless defender of someone making blanket claims as to everyone's maturity if they disagree with either of you at all. Ad hominem attacks are always productive, especially when calling into question the maturity of total strangers, good job .

The only discussion I join on here is in regard to actual baseball and I have a real problem with people judging everyone and acting so pious that they're 'leaving for a week until we blipping figure it out.' Go read anything else I wrote last night. I ended most of it with, 'I was excited for this year, it's been a disappointment, but it's also May 7, so there's still plenty of time.' (As long as you ignore all the historical examples of an atrocious April leading to teams missing the post season. See: Angels, 2012)

Dang88
Dang88

We almost won a game so that's an improvement 

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Help me Clay-ton Kershaw. You're my only hope.

philipp1 (I need Ramon back)
philipp1 (I need Ramon back)

24th of May 2012: Dodgers are 7 games ahead of the giants

3rd of October 2012 : Dodgers are 8 games behind the giants

This shows that so much can happen between now and October

While Im not trying to say that it definitely will, I am 100% sure we will improve on our position by the end of the month and the year!

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

If Kershaw wasn't pitching this next game, I can't say I wouldn't just rather watch  movie or something. Dodgers make me sad

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I have a guy arguing that Davey Lopes is a clear upgrade of Mattingly.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I grow weary trying to explain to people why switching managers isnt going to change a damn thing.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

@EephusBlue Moriyama just made a post about it, firing Ned would be cool with me but i have to think the suits wouldn't want the media attention

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I am going to start just ignoring people.

socalkid21
socalkid21

I am calm, i just rant. It was in response to Lobo et al making claims of superiority as to everyone else's maturity and I have beef with personal attacks on here when the only thing any of us should be attacking is baseball acumen . . . and even that's debatable. The reply feature from my email looks like it posted straight to the board instead of in the thread where it belonged. But I'm calm.

RustyH
RustyH

I want the conch!

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy @EephusBlue the suits aren't going to want the attention that playing at a 60 win clip is going to produce.  The national media hates this team, and is already getting their epitaphs ready, like Schoenfield.  That being said, like it or not if things don't turn around the shit is going to hit the fan.  

Yes, Ned should be the first one shown the door, with his pal Conte right behind him, but we all know that will most likely be an offseason decision.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

"i tell you guys the fucking truth"

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Cold Pumpkin @EephusBlue Apparently Donnie lacks "passion" and "fire" which is what is needed to win games. The same people who complain about Donnie's poor in game decisions fail to provide examples of managers who make good in game decisions.

Technogit
Technogit

Fine. Let it hit the fan in the off season. In the meantime, these are our guys. The national media can suck up to whomever they can get behind, bit I'm behind my Dodgers.