Giants @ Dodgers September 13, 2013: A Good Time For Kershaw To Get Right

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Yes, that’s a real Dodger lineup you see over there, one that doesn’t have Adrian Gonzalez or Hanley Ramirez or Carl Crawford in it, and a lot of people are already up in arms about Don Mattingly “not caring about winning” or some such thing. After all, a 2-3-4-5 of Nick Punto / Michael Young / Juan Uribe / Scott Van Slyke… well, that’s the kind of thing you expect from a decimated June lineup, not a division-winning September one. (It’s the first time Uribe has started at cleanup in over three years, back when he was still with the Giants.)

Of course, that’s now how I see it. Frankly, I don’t really mind having Van Slyke over Crawford against tough San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner, and even Gonzalez has to have a day off every now and then. And Ramirez? Well, as I said, I’d be happy if we don’t see him for the next few days at all, because the last thing this team needs is for that balky left hamstring to become any more of a chronic thing than it already has been.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
RF
Puig
2B
Scutaro
SS
Punto
C
Posey
1B
Young
RF
Pence
3B
Uribe
3B
Sandoval
LF
Van Slyke
SS
Arias
CF
Ethier
1B
Pill
C
A.Ellis
LF
Perez
2B
M.Ellis
P
Bumgarner
P
Kershaw

Ramirez was not at the park with the rest of the team, reports Bill Plunkett, as he was getting an MRI, but then the official Dodgers Twitter account reported that he’s expected to be “available to play next week” due to a — wait for it — “irritated nerve in his back”. Because… hamstrings are in your back now. No, I don’t get it either.

Really, win tonight, don’t win tonight, whatever. The only thing that I care about from tonight’s game, other than the obvious of “please no one get hurt,” is seeing how Clayton Kershaw responds after what has been uncharacteristic down few starts for him.

I’m hoping that Kershaw found his groove again last week in Cincinnati, where even though he looked off as the Dodgers got swept there may have been some signs of hope, as Tony Jackson noted

And in both cases, it came with a heartfelt belief that after giving up a second home run to Reds right fielder Jay Bruce to begin the fourth inning — the first two homers Kershaw has given up to a left-handed hitter ALL YEAR — Kershaw suddenly seemed to find himself and, in the words of Mattingly, he “righted the ship.”

The numbers sort of back that up — emphasis on sort of.

Kershaw bounced back from Bruce’s second homer to retire 12 of the next 15 batters before handing the game off to the Dodgers bullpen, which eventually coughed up the game to stick the Dodgers (83-59) with their first four-game losing streak since they dropped their first eight games in the month of May.

…because really, that’s all that matters. The fact that we even talk about Kershaw “slumping” despite still being pretty good really just speaks to his greatness, because it’s not like he’s suddenly been awful. But if the Dodgers are going to make noise in the playoffs, it’s going to be because Kershaw is on his game (as well as because Ramirez is hopefully healthy.) Here’s to hoping that welcoming to town a San Francisco team that he traditionally beats up on is the antidote that he needs.

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

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TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

The SFG bus passed right to me, but there was a graphic on ours and I couldn't see anything :(

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

Dangit, so these Asian people were looking for the Doubletree hotel on Los Angeles St., i told um they didn't need to take the train it should be within walking distance and to ask someone else for directions. Then as i'm leaving i see the freakin thing "Doubletree by Hilton" just a few blocks away, Doh! So many times i've taken that train and never seen it..........hope they found it

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Hanley had an epidural of cortisone. Dr. Sayed (orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine who comes on Dodger Talk every Friday) says it'll be a week to two weeks before it fully takes effect. Hanley had sciatica in 2011, which was probably why he looked so disconsolate when he came out yesterday -- been there, done that.

BingeSquinger
BingeSquinger

When/how did Ethier sprain his ankle in Colorado? 

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

I couldn't care less about the loss. Especially true since AZ lost. In my mind it's time to start getting these guys right for the playoffs...nothing else matters.

BIah
BIah

The best teams in baseball lose four out of ten.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

11,000 people went and saw


...THE MAYWEATHER-ALVAREZ WEIGH IN???

NOT EVEN THE FIGHT! THE WEIGH-IN!!!

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

@Blue Collar THIS.  THIS MAKES ME MAD.  KERSHAW isn't right yet.  He has been mortal, even human-like, his last 3 starts.  Disturbing.  Every time Kershaw pitches, I think maybe this is the time I get to see a perfect game.  Hrrrgh. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

pain management! anesthesia FUCK YEAH!!!!!

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@LA_Woman AWWWW. They have Dee(LOL) and Punto.

WELP, I shall take my leave. Hopefully Hanley and Ethier get well soon! Good night!

BingeSquinger
BingeSquinger

@Purps McGurps So basically 11,000 people showed up to see 2 half naked dudes step on a scale, talk shit to each other and almost kiss

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@NeDieterich @LA_Woman  I'd think it all depends on the root cause. From what I know about sciatica from friends suffering from it, it could be a big and painful problem.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@Catfishin I love the "initially, couldn't even remember which ankle was hurt."

AS IF!!!!!!!!!!

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

there are clinical exams to test for sciatic nerve pain, too. im sure they performed them

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

dammit i shouldve doubled down and mentioned sciatica but i didnt wanna guess wrong. DAMMIT. i couldve looked smart

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Sad Panda (Super Future) Tony Jackson earlier today: OK, here’s the deal: when he was examined after coming out of the game last night, one of the ways they tested the hamstring was by touching it, and that didn’t hurt. The fact that didn’t hurt led the medical staff to conclude that this probably was NERVE-related as opposed to MUSCLE-related. Nerve issues start in the spine, of course, and Hanley, as I stated in the previous post, does have a history of sciatica. So that’s why it was determined — before he was sent for an MRI today — that Hanley’s issue isn’t actually in his hamstring but in his back.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

why LOL? you know that nerve root impingements can relay pain to the limbs, right?

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

didnt look like upper leg at all to me