Cardinals @ Dodgers May 24, 2013: Back to Baseball

dodger_stadium_openingday2013So long, Dee Gordon? I had planned to focus on just how badly he’s been struggling in three or four days when he had received roughly the same number of plate appearances that Justin Sellers had, but considering that tonight is now the second game in a row — and third time in the last five games — that Nick Punto gets the start at shortstop, perhaps it’s going to take a little longer than that. I can’t say I ever thought I’d be happy to see Punto getting this much time at shortstop, but with the way Gordon has been playing, I also can’t really argue with this call whatsoever. We’ll get into that whole situation more in the coming days, however; it might not matter because Hanley Ramirez is already trying to convince the team to let him back on the field.

Cardinals
Dodgers
2B
Carpenter
LF
Crawford
RF
Beltran
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Holliday
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Craig
CF
Kemp
C
Molina
RF
Ethier
CF
Jay
C
A.Ellis
3B
Freese
SS
Punto
SS
Kozma
3B
Uribe
P
Lynn
P
Capuano

More importantly, Don Mattingly remains on the bench, as I think we all knew he would once yesterday came and went without a move. The noise from the front office over the last few days has been completely supportive, with little to indicate that Ned Colletti or Stan Kasten are unhappy about Mattingly’s surprising remarks in Milwaukee. That doesn’t mean it’s the same behind closed doors, but I’m fine with that — there was really little in what Mattingly said that I didn’t agree with, it was just surprising to see a manager be that blunt publicly.

Unsurprisingly, Andre Ethier is back in the lineup, batting fifth and playing right field. Regardless of what really went on with him in Milwaukee, he had to be back in the lineup tonight. The point was made, and you probably risk losing him entirely if he was out of the lineup again. I actually like this lineup pretty well given the options available, and considering I’m saying that despite the fact that the left side is comprised of Punto & Juan Uribe should tell you a whole lot about how little I think of Gordon & Luis Cruz these days.

The bullpen, as you can see below, should be fully rested after yesterday’s day off and some good starting pitching over the last few days. J.P. Howell, Kenley Jansen, & Paco Rodriguez haven’t been seen since last Sunday’s disaster in Atlanta. Will Chris Capuano kick off the homestand by not forcing the ‘pen to kick in five innings? I sure hope so.

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
979 comments
happytheman
happytheman

I know it has to take place but would not like to see Gordon be sent down.  I would be spending every effort possible to figure out how to get him on track.  I'm sure it's already been done but he provides a spark that no one else can bring.  I use to dread when Eric Young would get on base because he controlled the game, all eyes were on him and Dee could be the same type of player.  He's a clubhouse cheerleader, usually the first one to the steps of the dugout to congrat a player.  He's all about lifting up his team, where in Hanley he's all about lifting up Hanley.

Lobo
Lobo

New post

Robert Jimenez
Robert Jimenez

Don't worry guys everything will be fine when Hanley comes back and we lure Scott Rolen out of retirement...

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

HOLLIDAY BOUNCES THAT OFF HIS SCROTUM

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

whats so dumb about a bag of hammers?

Coffee Head
Coffee Head

Time to tank for the number 1 pick in next year's draft

Lobo
Lobo

Epic rally time

JoeyE
JoeyE

maybe the cards will be too busy laughing tomorrow and go down easy for lilly > _>

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Really wish we weren't using Paco in this game.

Technogit
Technogit

Who would've think we'd hope Uribe would get something going?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@b00ts Who puts more than one hammer in a bag? It'd be hard to carry.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Can of Corn  Right. In MAY. I believe the Giants were 7 GB at this time last year.

Robert Jimenez
Robert Jimenez

Dont have an imgur account should get one... but copy paste into a browser haha.

JoeyE
JoeyE

@Mike Petriello wish he wasnt on top of the plate. could have gotten seriously injured like posey

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello GOOD THING THIS IS STILL LEGAL AND COULDN'T HAVE BEEN AVOIDED

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Musings of a cat NO!!!! I had the best time last week -- DABES! Kersh pitched, we won, and I got a Kemp bobblehead.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Yes, I realize he hasn't pitched this week.  But... still.

JoeyE
JoeyE

@DBrim @Mike Petriello you can run into a guy seriously injuring him, but we cant replay things that aren't a home run. yes please

Baby Blue
Baby Blue

@plaza234 (Charter Member of Trade Kemp bandwagon) @LA_Woman @Can of Corn I refuse to jump on the "Season is done in May" bandwagon. The sky isn't gonna gall. I know it's bleak, but they're gonna get better. Remember when the Padres won 155 games and didn't even make the playoffs? Or last year when we started on a hellofa hot streak and didn't make the playoffs? There's a lot of baseball to be played.