Red Sox @ Dodgers August 25, 2013: Sunday Night Baseball

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150On Sunday Night Baseball against the Red Sox, the Dodgers go with their inconsistent fifth starter and a… shall we say, “interesting” lineup.

Yasiel Puig gets bumped from second down to fifth, hitting lower than cleanup for the first time in his career (not including the four games where he didn’t start but entered later). Despite getting on three times yesterday, we all know that Puig has been struggling badly lately, so I don’t terribly mind that. Or at least I wouldn’t, if it didn’t mean that Nick Punto was hitting second, and as much as I respect what Punto did over the first six weeks, the fact is that he’s hitting .212/.280/.288 over the last three months, which isn’t exactly the type of player I want getting the second-most plate appearances tonight — though he has been better in August. I know, batting order doesn’t matter. It doesn’t. We can still be annoyed by it.

Red Sox
Dodgers
CF
Ellsbury
LF
Crawford
RF
Victorino
2B
Punto
2B
Pedroia
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Napoli
SS
Ramirez
LF
Gomes
RF
Puig
C
Saltalamacchia
CF
Schumaker
3B
Middlebrooks
C
A.Ellis
SS
Bogaerts
3B
Uribe
P
Peavy
P
Capuano

You’ll also notice that Skip Schumaker is playing center field tonight, just his third start there since the “new” Dodgers came to life on June 22, and I’m guessing that Andre Ethier is getting a rare benching against a righty because he has just five hits, all singles, in 33 plate appearances against Jake Peavy. The only problem with that is that 27 of those 33 appearances came back in 2007-08 (and none since 2009), which is A) so long ago to be basically meaningless and B) data that came against the Peavy who was 26 and winning Cy Young Awards, not 32 and carrying a 4.05 FIP.

Finally, A.J. Ellis starts in place of Tim Federowicz, which is unusual in that Chris Capuano always throws to Federowicz. Of course, it’s not like having Federowicz back there has really helped Capuano not be awful lately, so it barely seems to matter, and Federowicz did start for Ricky Nolasco already.

For the Red Sox, keep an eye on 20-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who makes his first start of the series tonight. He collected his first big-league hit last night, and is considered a top-five prospect by just about every reputable prospect source.

The Dodgers are back up to a ten game lead in the division thanks to Philadelphia’s victory over Arizona today, and after the upcoming series with the Cubs, we’ll be seeing a whole lot of the division: other than a short trip to Cincinnati in two weeks, the remainder of the schedule is within the NL West.

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

968 comments
Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

This losing thing is really...no bueno

SpikeyJones
SpikeyJones

This is the first butt whipping since that Phillies 16-1 game

NWGuy
NWGuy

good preview to the series?  if so, LA better get even better...

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

ACK... I'm gonna have to think about changing my avatar now...

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

You know what? I'm more thrilled with our rotation after this series than before, given that Nolasco was absolutely dominant.

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

It's alright. 3-4-5 guys vs. one of the best teams in the league is never easy (and against their best guys, too). We got the Cubs next with Kershaw and Greinke going. I like those odds.

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

Come on Hanley. At least give us something to be happy about

Lobo
Lobo

Time to make some memories team, 2 out 7 run comeback will be one we tell our grandkids about

VaultTec
VaultTec

it ain't over til it's over

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Oh, great. The Whiners are back.

NWGuy
NWGuy

Was interesting to listen to the first 5 innings, and all the fauning over the Dogers - until they fell apar

moneynow27
moneynow27

C'mon, raise your hand if you actually think Brandon League was getting better lately......I guess you can go from pathetic to awful, right?

chris92021
chris92021

Well, it only counts as one home run. 

BIah
BIah

*sip drank

corylol
corylol

@ThtsaPaddlin @corylol @Dogerscribe (VND) Yeah I grew up in Tulare and went to Fresno State (apparently because I'm a masochist or something).  Moved to LA immediately after graduating.  

All the trails up in the mountains are really cool, though.  I didn't spend much time up there though.  All my friends were more interested in stealing beer from gas stations and fighting people.  

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

how long does that take? the hike?

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@corylol @ThtsaPaddlin @Dogerscribe (VND) I'm backpacking the High Sierra trail and wanted to get an early start...that's the only reason I'm going.


My wife is from oustide of Fresno, so I'm familiar with the shittiness of the region.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

hahahah i hung out there too

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

HOLY CRAP thats where i just got back from. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

me too. i travel the central valley visiting crappy little towns for fun now

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

shit. i havent heard from you in a while wanted to make sure you didnt get dranken