Nationals @ Dodgers May 15, 2013: It’s Greinke Time

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Zack Greinke is back. It’s probably too soon, and we all pray it’s not. I think that’s been made pretty clear over the last few days, so all we can do is enjoy the fact that he’s on the mound tonight rather than Matt Magill, and hope that’s able to be effective. Don’t look now, but if the Dodgers win tonight, they’ll head into tomorrow’s off day having won four of five.

So what’s news? Josh Beckett is off to the disabled list with a strained groin, as absolutely all of us expected. He is, believe it or not, the sixth different Dodger starting pitcher to go on the DL this year. It’s May 15. But hey, fire Don Mattingly, you guys.

Nationals
Dodgers
CF
Span
SS
Gordon
LF
Lombardozzi
2B
Punto
3B
Zimmerman
CF
Kemp
1B
LaRoche
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Desmond
C
A.Ellis
C
Ramos
RF
Ethier
2B
Espinosa
LF
Van Slyke
RF
Bernadina
3B
Uribe
P
Detwiler
P
Greinke

After tomorrow’s day off, Hyun-jin Ryu & Chris Capuano are lined up to start the first two games in Atlanta this weekend. That most likely lines up Magill to make the Sunday start; it’s not confirmed yet, but unless you really want Ted Lilly on three days rest — or any days rest, ever, at any time — the other options are limited.

I’ll tell you who it won’t be, however, because apparently I can’t avoid talking about him any longer: it won’t be Jonathan Sanchez, who did sign a minor league deal with the Dodgers today. Pedro Gomez of ESPN broke the news, and the way he keeps describing it on Twitter is that Albuquerque is just a pit stop for Sanchez on the way to Los Angeles.

But let’s be honest here: Sanchez is available now because he’s awful. He was DFA’d by Kansas City last year because he’s awful. He wasn’t retained by Colorado last year because he’s awful. He was cut loose by Pittsburgh this year after only four starts because he was, wait for it, awful. (And kind of a jerk, too) Those are three teams who are generally so desperate for pitching that anyone with a pulse and a left arm is valuable to them, and all three said, “thanks, but no thanks.”

So what do the Dodgers want with him? Here’s five names: Matt Palmer, Aaron Laffey, Blake Johnson, Angel Castro, & Anthony Ortega. That quintet, at least while Sean White & Stephen Fife are hurt and Magill is with the Dodgers, is currently the Albuquerque starting rotation. That’s bad; that’s real bad, and while Sanchez is probably not much better, do remember that this is a minor league deal that has a July 1 opt-out. If Sanchez is starting for the Dodgers by then, then I’m guessing this club has much, much bigger problems.

All of which brings us back to tonight’s lineup, which in theory could be considered “a much bigger problem” since Carl Crawford is taking a seat against lefty Ross Detwiler, which allows Dee Gordon to get another chance to lead off. But you know what? I don’t hate this as much as you’d think I’d would. Mattingly has been good about keeping Gordon out of the leadoff spot with Crawford around, and it’s not like there’s another obvious option here, and I do like that he’s got Andre Ethier behind A.J. Ellis against the lefty and that Scott Van Slyke gets a chance instead of trying to force Skip Schumaker into the lineup.

Mostly, I just like that Luis Cruz is nowhere to be found, and as Mark Ellis & Jerry Hairston continue to rehab, I truly think that the day where we’re Cruz-free is coming soon.

Anyway, this is the last home game before the team heads out on the road, so be sure to check out some Dodgers tickets.

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

1488 comments
moneynow27
moneynow27

Excited....The other day, after we lost the first game to the Nationals, I went on this venue and said we will start a 10 game winning streak the next game.  I'm sticking to that prediction.  We're still scoring runs, but I think at least the overall sentiment is better.  With Greinke back, we can only go up from here.

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

Any chance Kershaw would pitch on Sunday?  He'd have four days rest...

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Thanks, crazy man who was climbing on BART trains, because I am going to miss at least 1 meeting and, more importantly, solid geoguessr time

Dang88
Dang88

A million fans already cot damn

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I've almost got the band back together on my team

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Oh shit, Verlander v Darvish tonight.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Saxon: "But Wednesday felt like a mile marker for this Dodgers season. Greinke's return means the Dodgers have, essentially, their Opening Day roster once again."

What? No they don't.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Just Say No... to throwing a home run ball back.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Winning this series makes it much easier to live here. I am still getting shit over the Baltimore series from my bartender.

Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)
Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)

@Mike Petriello Here's my list:

1. Vin Scully

2. Clayton Kershaw

3. Clayton Kershaw's curveball 

4. Clayton Kershaw's slider

5. Clayton Kershaw's fastball

6. Clayton Kershaw's defense

7. Clayton Kershaw's bat

8. Did I mention Vin yet?

9. Nick Punto GETMONEYGETPAID

10. Juan Uribe's car

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Geoguessr is also auto saved on my phone. Nice

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

"Against the Nationals, Greinke allowed five hits and didn’t walk a batter. The lone run he allowed came via a solo homer by Adam LaRoche in the fourth inning. Had it not been for the 28 pitches he threw in that frame — 15 in the service of getting the final two outs via an Ian Desmond popup and a Danny Espinosa strikeout — he might have at least finished out the sixth. He didn’t go above 15 pitches in any other inning."

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@DBrim Meh. Depends on context. If it were Carlos Quentin's HR ball I'd chuck it

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Fastball velocity is a bit of a concern but I think that'll be back to normal in a few starts. Also, he was leaving a lot of pitches up and a team better than the Nats probably takes advantage of that. But still, overall, very impressive.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I didn't realize at the time how efficient he was. I was too worried that he would suck cuz he wasn't ready

Dang88
Dang88

@EephusBlue @DBrim I feel like I'd like to know how far I could throw it, if you make it to the infield you will be on TV and get a 3 year deal.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Shadow Commish In all honesty, would you have made that trade if you were me? Before the Price news, I mean

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@DBrim His heater at 91 is better than most guys at 95 because of the way he spots it He goes inside a lot which is what I was hoping he would keep doing. In the past when I've seen him pitch for the Angles and Blewers. He's had easy gas at 95 but he should be fine as his arm strength returns. A huge part of our year no doubt!

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Shadow Commish At first glance, it may definitely be doable. I propose we look at it in the morning with fresh eyes. I'm about to doze off, so I will catch you later!

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Shadow Commish Shit, that's tough. Lucky product of environment that probably won't last or unproven with high k's? Probably Wells... Still need a SS, yes. I doubt Drew is worth hanging on to if I can swing a good player in a trade

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Shadow Commish Bautista is my star offensive power and Ellsbury leads in stolen bases, which are low overall to begin with