Stephen Fife was actually very good today as the Dodgers finished off a sweep of the Cubs and OH LORD HANLEY NO. Other than Clayton Kershaw, I’m not sure the Dodgers have a more irreplaceable player right now than Hanley Ramirez, not only because of how phenomenal he’s been this year but because of the complete lack of depth behind him.
Because I’m a sadist, here’s a GIF of what happened when Ramirez tried to track down a David DeJesus pop fly in the eighth inning:
Ramirez came out of the stands and immediately doubled over in pain, then left the game as we all died a million deaths on the inside. The injury appeared to be to his right (throwing) shoulder, as opposed to the left shoulder that he injured and eventually had surgery on in 2011 with the Marlins.
That’s not to gloss over a tight 1-0 game, because Fife was quite effective, and that was necessary because the Dodgers managed just two hits — an Andre Ethier double in the fourth, and an A.J. Ellis single in the second that pushed across Ramirez (who had walked) for the only run. Chris Withrow, J.P. Howell, and Kenley Jansen combined for 3.2 perfect innings as the bullpen continues to excel, though I can’t pretend that the fact that Jansen’s appearance was his ninth in 13 days doesn’t concern me.
You’d think that leaving Chicago with a four-game sweep, extending the club record for consecutive road wins, and tossing back-to-back shutouts at Wrigley for the first time since 1949 would be nothing but good feelings as they head into St. Louis tomorrow. Yet here we are, terrified about what the medical reports are going to be on Ramirez, because if they’re not good… well, you can’t rely on Nick Punto for more than a few days at a time, and I am absolutely not prepared to turn back to the Dee Gordon era again. Be well, Hanley. You’re our only hope.