Dodgers @ Marlins August 22, 2013: Kershaw Will Do Something Great Today

marlins_homerIt’s too early for this. Seriously. I’m on the East Coast, and even I think this is too early, so I can’t imagine how all of you dealing with 9:40am baseball feel.

But that’s also why everything’s set up perfectly for Clayton Kershaw to do something crazy like toss a perfecto today. I mean, think about it:

- he’s facing a Marlins lineup that has talent but very little experience, and guys who are around almost entirely for defense like Adeiny Hechavarria & Jeff Mathis

- a 12:40pm local time start on a Thursday in front of a Marlins fanbase that has been terribly spurned may equal about 17 people in the stands; as Ramona Shelburne noted, tickets are available for just $5

Dodgers
Marlins
LF
Crawford
LF
Yelich
SS
Punto
2B
Solano
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Stanton
RF
Puig
1B
Morrison
CF
Ethier
3B
Lucas
C
A.Ellis
CF
Ruggiano
2B
Schumaker
SS
Hechavarria
3B
Uribe
C
Mathis
P
Kershaw
P
Alvarez

- a 9:40am start in California on a workday against the Marlins means that television ratings can be expected to be lower than usual…

- …and even lower than that because once again, this is a KCAL game that won’t be viewable for those with Time Warner

So you have the best pitcher in baseball at the top of his game, facing a poor lineup at a time where the fewest amount of people possible are going to be able to watch. If that doesn’t sound like a no-hitter is coming, you haven’t watched baseball for very long.

Otherwise, Hanley Ramirez and Mark Ellis get the “day game after a night game” rest, but everyone else is in as usual. Nick Punto starts at shortstop, while Yasiel Puig gets another chance to break his slump in right field. We noted last night that he didn’t appear to be running well to first base, and we’ve since learned that he was cramping due to dehydration and required an IV. The first one to make a terrible “he was out clubbing with LeBron James” joke can show themselves out.

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

1131 comments
PasadenaDodger
PasadenaDodger

Seeing AJ and Wilson in the same camera shot and shaking hands is... wrong. But I'll take it.

slamjoe
slamjoe

Jun 22: down 9.5

Aug 22: UP 9.5

I love this team !!

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

ON JUNE 22 WE WERE 9.5 BACK

ON AUGUST 22, WE ARE 9.5 UP

I TOTALLY STOLE THAT FROM SOMEBODY

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

BIG NASTY REDHEAD! (still reserving judgment)

Baby Blue
Baby Blue

Ball Game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KMT59
KMT59

Ball Game Dodgers Win!!!! Still Streaking!!!!

23 games over .500

won 22 of last 25 on the road (.880), best road record in NL 38-27

won 18 of last 21 gms (.857), 28-5 since ASB  (.848) , 45-10 since 6/22 (.818),

9.5 gms ahead of the Dbags, 2nd largest lead by a division leader

#2 seed, 3 gms back of the #1 seed

18 straight series win or tie 14-0-4

http://i.imgur.com/AMbO5zV.jpg

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

haha imagine our responses if that double was two inches to the right and was foul

I Digesti
I Digesti

Bow and Arrow.  Come on ump!

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

Sarcasm aside, recognizing Wilson as a heart-attack wasn't groundless. 

brincon
brincon

he got a low strike call

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

WIlson did that on purpose. Doesn't like pitching while Dodger fans are happy with him.

slamjoe
slamjoe

So an Ace on a .500 team but gets out of jams

slamjoe
slamjoe

Too happy about the fact to care

slamjoe
slamjoe

Boo birds will be out