Dodgers @ Yankees June 18, 2013: Sure Looks Gloomy Out There

yankeestadium Since the Dodgers are in an American League park today, the designated hitter is in play, and they’ve taken the bonus of not having the pitcher hit — sort of, since Hyun-jin Ryu has shown to be pretty adept at the plate — by taking the weakest hitter in the lineup out of the ninth spot and putting him first. Over the last month, Nick Punto is hitting .207/.270/.244 as that BABIP continues to fall, as we all knew it would… so of course you’d want him setting the table for Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, & Andre Ethier.

That is somewhat brushing aside the point that Ramirez is even in the lineup, which is far from a given these days, though I must admit I’m more than a little surprised to see that he is playing short rather than taking advantage of the designated hitter, given how gimpy Ramirez is these days and the fact that he’s not much of a shortstop even when he’s healthy. Rather than have Punto play short, he’s at third with Jerry Hairston playing DH. Any combination that ends without Luis Cruz on the field is fine by me, I suppose.

Dodgers
Yankees
3B
Punto
CF
Gardner
RF
Puig
SS
Nix
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Cano
SS
Ramirez
LF
Wells
CF
Ethier
DH
Neal
DH
Hairston
RF
Suzuki
LF
Schumaker
3B
Adams
C
A.Ellis
1B
Overbay
2B
M.Ellis
C
Stewart

On the other side, the injury problems aren’t over for the Yankees, who returned first baseman Mark Teixeira to the disabled list and recalled someone named Zoilo Almonte, who is apparently not a 1960s Minnesota Twins shortstop. Kevin Youkilis is probably finished as a Yankee thanks to the back surgery that was announced today, and.. well, I’m pretty sure that their DH, hitting fifth, is literally named “Neal”. By that I mean, they may very well have just grabbed some guy named Neal off the Columbia varsity team and suited him up.

This entire conversation may be academic, anyway, because the weather forecast for the New York area looks pretty atrocious right now and batting practice has already been canceled. I’m not ready to discuss what happens if it gets rained out — I’m headed up to the Bronx tonight to sit behind home plate, by which I mean “seven miles above home plate,” so fingers crossed — but this does seem as good a time as any to point out once again how unbelievably stupid it is to have had off-days on either side of the Pittsburgh series, yet no day off between a mere two-game set in New York and a game in San Diego on Thursday. Because hey, why would you want to have one of the most anticipated interleague series of the year on anything other than a two-game midweek schedule?

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
209 comments
MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Hanley will start at SS game 1 and sit game 2 for rest

KMT59
KMT59

Anyone know who going to broadcast tomorrow's games

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

J Cole's first hit was on RTTS Loved that single

DBrim
DBrim moderator

The "Alex Castellanos fan page" followed me on twitter today. That's a thing?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

This is all Mike's fault

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

yes, goat, the game has been postponed until tomorrow due to rain. 

Jobu
Jobu

More Cuban rum!!!! Get me 2 glasses pronto for both Gonzalez and Hinojosa!!

Lobo
Lobo

Vintage awfulness?

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

@TheConman looks like my day just opened up a bit. And my tomorrow closed up quite a bit. 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim Jose Bautista followed me on Twitter the other day. I was pretty excited until I saw he follows like eleventy billion people.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

J Cole's album should be called blue-eyed Jesus. That'll show em

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

The day lyricism died.

Lobo
Lobo

They seem to be generally in the minority though

Lobo
Lobo

That's a pretty large part of it, not a fan of the subject matters in general, at least the way they're generally handled

Lobo
Lobo

Variety of reasons. Mainly I just don't like the style, I don't like the artists themselves, and I don't like the "beats.". I recognize that some of it is good but IRS just not my thing

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

@Lobo fair enough. But for his genre, Kanye is incredible. 

Lobo
Lobo

Sorry, I just don't care for Kanye. Or rap in general really

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim @Mike Petriello I am not. I have the afternoon off work but I am supposed to take the wife to see a taping of the Soup.

I'm still at work, I'm about to go get a beer and burger at a local bar while we wait to see if we should head uptown or not.