Dodgers @ Angels May 29, 2013: Capuano vs Weaver

angelstadiumIt’s going to take me a long time to get used to this new interleague schedule, I think. After two games at home against the Angels, the Dodgers hit the road for… two more games against the Angels. It’s just odd, really. It almost feels like the Freeway Series more than it does actual games in May that count.

But count they do, and as it is in an American League park we’ll see Chris Capuano and the returning Jered Weaver forgo the bats in favor of the designated hitter. Carl Crawford gets the honors for the Dodgers tonight, and I like taking the opportunity to keep him as fresh as possible. Scott Van Slyke gets another start in left field.

Dodgers
Angels
DH
Crawford
SS
Aybar
SS
Punto
CF
Trout
1B
Gonzalez
DH
Pujols
RF
Ethier
1B
Trumbo
CF
Kemp
RF
Hamilton
LF
Van Slyke
2B
Kendrick
2B
Schumaker
3B
Callaspo
C
A.Ellis
C
Ianetta
3B
Cruz
LF
Shuck

You’ll also notice some positive news on the injury front, since Nick Punto & Matt Kemp — who each left early with aches in the first two games of the series — return to the lineup. Hyun-jin Ryu apparently underwent an X-ray on his foot, which was surprising because there was little indication that he was hurting. According to Dylan Hernandez, Ryu “blocked a comebacker with his foot” during last night’s stellar outing, but the X-ray was clean and no one seems very concerned that he’ll miss any time.

As for the Angels, the gimpy Albert Pujols heads back to DH tonight, which means that Mark Trumbo has to play first base. With Peter Bourjos out with a hamstring injury and Vernon Wells in New York, the Angels are forced to turn to J.B. Shuck to play left. Shuck has performed well in limited duty for the Angels this year, hitting .304/.350/.380 in 103 plate appearances… but he also couldn’t get out of Triple-A for the Astros last season and was outrighted off the Houston 40-man roster in November. See? It’s not only the Dodgers.

Thanks to Ryu, the bullpen is fully rested tonight. Thanks, Hyun-jin!

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RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez
1185 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

Adrian Gonzalez has a career UZR/150 in right of... -75. Impossibly small sample, but hahahaha

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

In all this rabbling about the 40-man, let's not forget that Clayton Kershaw still has options.

#Ned

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Drank is not on the 40-man, but Drank need not be on the 40-man because Drank is not a 'man'

#Drank2CF

Dang88
Dang88

Dunno if this was posted last night haha @TBrownYahoo 11h So, Weaver goes six. Five hits, one run, one hissy fit.

moneynow27
moneynow27

Not trying to beat a dead horse, just reviving the Matt Kemp debate.  So is the team better off with Kemp on the DL?  With what is now 60 K's in 190 AB's, I would have to say yes.

On another note, what does everyone think the corresponding roster move will be next week with Hanley coming back?  I'm thinking it's NOT Cruz, because he's the best option for backup SS.  Yes, Punto can play the position, but I don't think he's ideal.  Who could it be now? (Apologies to Men at Work).

TheConman
TheConman

@DBrim wait, what am I missing here? why are we even discussing Agon in Right? Why wouldn't SVS just play right?

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim I'm about to post on Kemp and options. This one isn't even listed, because bahaha.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@DBrim 

This team can afford to sacrifice a run or two on defense, in exchange for four more runs on offense.  Their defense is already weak, and yes maybe the OF defense will be weaker, but at this point SVS in the lineup everyday is probably the best option.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@DBrim lol if you put the statue of David out in RF, the statue's UZR is probably nowhere near as bad.

Dang88
Dang88

@DBrim so basically a gold glover on the Jeter scale

DBrim
DBrim moderator

If only there was a resource that easily illustrated who is on the roster and who is not.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Mike Petriello it doesn't seem that hard to me, maybe i'm missing something. there are two pitchers who can be moved to the 60 day dl, no? 

but yeah, this probably puts Elian ahead of TG

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Rabble.

LurkingAtWork
LurkingAtWork

@moneynow27  I think Kemp could actually be the corresponding roster move for Hanley, we've already seen something similar with the handling of MEllis where he rode the bench for several games.  I guess that makes Schumaker our primary CF during that time.  

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@moneynow27 yeah. I didn't want to just gin up a DL stint, but his last few days have provided some pretty valid reasons.

Lobo
Lobo

@moneynow27 If Hanley is playing shortstop, I think Cruz goes.  Punto can play short and Uribe can too in a pinch.  That gives us two backup options at short, Cruz becomes unnecessary.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Mike Petriello @DBrim 

Be sure to include the option of shutting him down for the rest of the season.  If we take that option, that may be our best chance of getting to the postseason.   Please don't shoot me.

baeksu
baeksu

@Dang88(Never Stopped Loving Matt Kemp) @Mike Petriello CC in LF, Ethier in CF, and Gonzo in right doesn't seem like a bad idea, at least until SVS cools down.   I can think of a lot of worse options than that.  Oh, and DFA Cruz to make some room and just live with Uribe at 3B.  Hanley will be back soon anyway so Punto can backup 3B/SS.

CC LF
Ellis 2B
AGon RF
SVS 1B
Ethier CF
Ellis C
Uribe 3B
Punto/Hanley SS
P

When Hanley gets back you can slide him in at the 5-hole or maybe the 2-hole.  That's not a bad lineup.

The big wild card is SVS.  If he continues to play well, this whole thing works pretty well.  If he cools down, then we're back at square one until Hanley gets back.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I'm kind of worried about the elbow thing, too. I still think the mechanics will only come back with time on the field.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Adrian played 127 innings in right last year. He is not good there.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Maybe the worst defensive outfield of all time. Would rather call up TGJr or Joc.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim I agree, but between the shoulder and the hammy and the elbow, some time away right now no longer seems like the worst idea in the would.

Lobo
Lobo

@Disgruntled Goat (wants to trade YOU) @Lobo(Middling Member of Trade Ethier Bandwagon) @moneynow27 As I said last night, if it's only for a few days, I say we can live with an outfield of Crawford, SVS, and Ethier (don't know who would play center).  Yeah it's bad defense but it keeps SVS and his hot bat in the lineup.  If it's anything longer than say three days, DL Kemp to give him time to fully recover (and possibly work extra on his swing mechanics as well as catch up on some weight training) and call up Joc.