Rays @ Dodgers August 9, 2013: David Price Against a Bunch of Backups

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Earlier today, Rays manager Joe Maddon was quoted as saying that facing the Dodgers would be “exciting” considering how well they’d been playing, and that he was looking forward to it.

When Maddon said that, I imagine he was thinking of guys like Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis and Andre Ethier and not… you know, none of those guys. Instead, you’ll see backups at catcher, left field, right field, and shortstop, along with the team’s fifth starter on the mound in Chris Capuano. Fun way to kick off a highly anticipated series against the other hottest team in baseball, right?

Rays
Dodgers
LF
Rodriguez
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Roberts
SS
Punto
3B
Longoria
1B
Gonzalez
CF
Myers
CF
Puig
RF
Zobrist
LF
Hairston
SS
Escobar
3B
Uribe
1B
Loney
C
Federowicz
C
Molina
RF
Schumaker
P
Price
P
Capuano

Obviously, there’s good reasons for almost all of this, but it’s still jarring. Ramirez is still injured, of course, and the team didn’t make it home from St. Louis until about 3am yesterday – meanwhile, the Rays have been in Los Angeles for nearly 48 hours — so you get the idea that some rests are needed. Tim Federowicz has become Capuano’s personal catcher of late, so you see why A.J. Ellis is out, and when killer lefty David Price on the mound, it’s not all that hard to see why Crawford, Ethier, and Dee Gordon would take a seat. (Sort of; Skip Schumaker isn’t exactly a great matchup out there.)

If there is an upside to this, it’s that Mattingly’s bench should be pretty loaded for the late innings, especially if Ramirez can pinch-hit. (“Maybe,” said Mattingly, and we’re getting close to the Mark Ellis territory of “how long do you let him take up a bench spot?”)

Anyway, backup brigade aside, this should be a pretty interesting game, especially because rookie sensations and bat flip experts Wil Myers and Yasiel Puig are each playing center field and hitting cleanup, which feels oddly appropriate. This is just the fourth start in center for Puig and the second for Myers, so I guess I had better keep the GIF machine just running at full steam all night long.

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

1507 comments
slamjoe
slamjoe

Can we do a kickstarter for Mike to move to the West Coast? Who's in? If we raise enough, he can move someplace nice like Seattle, Portland or San Diego. I can totally picture Mike doing Portland. But say we fall short, then it will be like Fresno, Palmdale or Bakersfield. REALLY MISSING A POST-GAME POST RIGHT NOW.

P_F_P
P_F_P

I WAS OUT GETTING WASTED, WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED IN THIS GAME

slamjoe
slamjoe

Why baseball is so great: when Greinke pitched his CGSO, game time was a breezy 2:17.

This game... 3:55.

slamjoe
slamjoe

So hey guys... It's Withrow... NOT "Winthrow"... Maybe he should legally change his name.

davalillo
davalillo

time to rewatch the last three innings before bed...

slamjoe
slamjoe

I liked this one much more an when he missed the bag, then did the oopsie double back knee tag

slamjoe
slamjoe

Next thing u know, he'll be twerking in the on deck circle

P_F_P
P_F_P

@slamjoe I was following when we scored five in the ninth to beat Colorado in '04. This is almost even more special.

*VND*
*VND*

(waiting for response, if no response, not my peeps)

slamjoe
slamjoe

It's like Lim vs. Im... But there's no Lee vs. Yi.... It's always Yi

slamjoe
slamjoe

My bad, pops just told me it's where u put it in the sentence...

davalillo
davalillo

@slamjoe this is most likely how Ryu spells his name in Korean: 류

slamjoe
slamjoe

Okay, you tell me then, what's R in Korean?

davalillo
davalillo

@slamjoe nope. you pronounce all of it... but just in one syllable.  

slamjoe
slamjoe

I keep telling everyone, silent 'R'

slamjoe
slamjoe

I keep telling everyone, silent R