D’Backs @ Dodgers September 9, 2013: A Game That Sort of Matters, Kind Of

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As we wait for news that the Dodgers have officially signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero — the latest, via Jesse Sanchez, is that they are “closing in” on a $32m deal that would be between five and seven years — they kick off a series at home tonight that suddenly looks a lot more interesting than it did just a few days ago.

That’s not because I really believe that Arizona has a chance of overtaking the Dodgers in the NL West, not with an 11 game lead with 20 games to go, but because the Diamondbacks probably do believe that they do. Not that Arizona has been playing particularly well themselves, having lost 7 of 11, but as the teams prepare to play seven games between tonight and next Wednesday, the Diamondbacks know that if they run the table, they can at least make it interesting.

D’Backs
Dodgers
CF
Eaton
RF
Puig
2B
Hill
LF
Crawford
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
3B
Chavez
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Prado
CF
Ethier
C
Montero
3B
Uribe
RF
Parra
2B
M.Ellis
SS
Gregorius
C
Federowicz
P
Delgado
P
Nolasco

That means that they have something to play for, and since the Dodgers didn’t do so well against another team that could say that in Cincinnati, it gives Don Mattingly‘s club an opportunity to play some spirited baseball as they attempt to turn around their recent skid. Besides, you might remember the last time the Diamondbacks were in Dodger Stadium as being the series where Zack Greinke & Ian Kennedy (now with San Diego) played beanball, culminating in the brawl that supposedly “saved the Dodger season,” goes the narrative, except for the pesky fact that they proceeded to drop six of eight immediately afterwards.

If the Diamondbacks have anything going for them here, it’s that they avoid both Greinke & Clayton Kershaw this time around, instead facing Ricky Nolasco tonight, Edinson Volquez tomorrow, and Hyun-jin Ryu on Wednesday. Nolasco has pitched like an ace for the Dodgers, of course, but I’m sure I’m not alone when I suggest that can’t last forever. Keep an eye out on Arizona center fielder Adam Eaton, who — after missing most of the season with an elbow injury and then struggling upon his return in July — has hit .300/.364/.458 since August 1.

Tonight’s game is a sellout, but not because anyone cares about baseball: it’s Hello Kitty bobblehead night.

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RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez

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1660 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

Retroactively pretending that Uribe had power because he's good this year is wrong. ISOs of .089 and .093 in his first two years as a Dodger.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

Where's Cochito?? And his 100 movie marathon?? I'm trying to do the 100 top horror movies

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

just to let everyone know: que mono mi uribe translates into two things: that monkey my uribe... and HOW CUTE MY URIBE!!!!!


pretty sure the media has been confused this whole time. Its been lost in translation - Hanley actually thinks Uribe is really, really, cute. as do I. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

The old yard practically shook tonight when he popped out of the dugout following his third home run and tipped his cap. (Is true -- was so wonderful!)

http://imgur.com/pjUkV9h

DBrim
DBrim moderator

SLG of .293 and .284.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Oops... forgot the attribution. That was a quote from Tony Jackson.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

im an autobot that autolikes all pro-Uribe posts

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

@DeucesWild @Chavez Ravine Fiend OG Psycho and shining I liked alot too. I still get creeped out by that scene when the kid is on his little toy tricycle in the twin girls are in the hallway. Same with Insidious. I would definitely reccomend Donnie Darko if you haven't seen it, its definitely a good movie worth watching for horror fans. I don't want to explain anything really because the plot is pretty good and I don't want to spoil it for you.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Chavez Ravine Fiend I thought Insidious was good, the 2nd one looks pretty creepy, too. Donnie Darko is one of those movies that I've always meant to get around to watching, but never have. How did you like it? A couple other favorites are the original Psycho and The Shining. Also, anything by Hitchcock is great

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

(09 as well, the year i passed out crying with booze in my kitchen)

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

@Sad Panda (Super Future) Same reason i wanted to see more SVS..........pop counts for something, sure as hell rather have that off the bench than more scrubby utility infielders Ned loves. MY............remember Stairs came off the bench to kill us in 08

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Sad Panda (Super Future) He didn't even back it up with facts! Did not want to count on Cruz, not at all. The market was pretty thin though, so we had to deal with what we had, thankfully Uribe has been more than serviceable 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

mike was all like: i hate you VND and you suck

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

my argument to mike: his defense makes him a valuable asset to the team. he DOES have power, regardless whether you want to acknowledge it or now - he does. a great piece as a pinch hit but his defense makes him a starter. dont tell me you want Cruz as your starting third basemen? Uribe also plays a stopgap shortstop. He IS valuable. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Sad Panda (Super Future) I never doubted his defense, that offense made him unbearable before this year though. I really want Ned to bring him back, but only on a 1 year deal

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

i feel so great watching him play. if nothing else, that defense is why i cursed Mike out in the offseason and why i feel so great watching him now. hehe.