Rockies @ Dodgers July 14, 2013: The End of the “First Half”

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Today is the 94th game of the 2013 season for the Dodgers, so to say “first half,” well, that happened about two weeks ago. Nonetheless, we slide into the All-Star break watching a team that’s guaranteed to be .500 at worst and sitting in second place, easily within striking distance of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. To say that it’s been a wild ride from the lows of “will Don Mattingly get fired tomorrow?” to the highs of winning 17 of the last 21 might be an understatement; hell, a month ago today, after a 3-0 loss to Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Dodgers were ten games under and 8.5 back. It’s amazing to see how much things have changed since then, but personally, I’m happy for the break. With injuries mounting once again, it’s probably not the worst thing in the world for the club to have a few days to heal.

Rockies
Dodgers
CF
Fowler
RF
Schumaker
2B
LeMahieu
2B
Punto
LF
Gonzalez
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Tulowitzki
SS
Ramirez
RF
Cuddyer
CF
Ethier
1B
Helton
C
A.Ellis
C
Rosario
LF
Van Slyke
3B
Arenado
3B
Hairston
P
Chacin
P
Nolasco

That being the case, you’ll see a lineup today that’s worthy of the final game before the break. Mark Ellis is having trouble running after fouling a ball off his leg last night, reports Dylan Hernandez, and so he’ll sit today. Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig are also sitting with back and hip injuries, respectively, and you imagine Don Mattingly would like to stay away from them if at all possible. If so, we’re looking at quite a short bench today.

Ricky Nolasco makes his first hometown start as a member of the Dodgers, and he’ll have a tough time following up on the greatness of Zack Greinke last night.

In New York, Joc Pederson is playing left field and hitting sixth for the United States team in the Futures Game today, which you can watch at 11am PST on ESPN2 or streaming on MLB.com. Baseball America‘s J.J. Cooper, watching batting practice this morning, gushed over a blast Pederson put into the upper deck. Cooper’s colleague Ben Badler had this to say: “Joc Pederson getting underneath the ball a little more than usual but showing serious raw power. Big fan.” Me too, Ben. Me too.

Will Puig join Pederson in New York? I hope not, and I sincerely doubt it, but it’s worth noting that Freddie Freeman is out of the Atlanta lineup with a thumb injury today, and may not be able to play in Tuesday’s game.

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

849 comments
MSTI OG
MSTI OG

did Bochy announce his starter for the ASG?

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

Not that I wish injury on a player, but of course Fowler doesn't run into the wall right there. 

KMT59
KMT59

Have a good ASB everyone

efb
efb

gotta love bat flip outs 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

...bat flip. :(

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Topes go to the 18th. Sounds like they're not allowed to go further.

KMT59
KMT59

Come on Scotty

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

Schumaker should pitch in the All-Star game. Pretty sure he leads all relievers in ERA.

Carver
Carver

oh nice Puig in center again

KMT59
KMT59

@philipp1 Too much time for me...not enough time to get everyone healed

hee came hee seopd
hee came hee seopd

@slamjoe lol I'm sure when donnie was throwing out this dogshit lineup that ending the season at .500 was good enough for him

Noel D
Noel D

the rest of the NL West has cooperated today.  Now, we just need... A WALK-OFF WIN

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Carver But now Crawford won't bat in the ninth. I don't get it.