Dodgers @ D’Backs Sept. 17, 2013: That Almost Looks Like a Lineup

chasefieldWell, now we’re talking, aren’t we? No more Chili Buss, no more Skip Schumaker or Jerry Hairston or Nick Punto; for once, we get something that actually resembles a major league lineup.

Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup for the first time since last Thursday, and Matt Kemp starts for the first time since July 21. Since Yasiel Puig didn’t start in that lone July game in Washington, tonight marks the first time since July 5 — well over two months ago — that the trio all start at the same time. (“Um, thanks a lot guys,” said Hyun-jin Ryu, probably, after comparing his team last night to the one that Zack Greinke gets tonight.)

Dodgers
D’Backs
RF
Puig
CF
Eaton
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Hill
SS
Ramirez
1B
Goldschmidt
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Chavez
CF
Kemp
LF
Prado
3B
Uribe
C
Montero
LF
Van Slyke
RF
Parra
C
A.Ellis
SS
Gregorius
P
Greinke
P
Corbin

No Andre Ethier just yet, as he’s still in a walking boot, but at least we’re making some progress as far as health goes, especially since Scott Van Slyke‘s ribs are apparently feeling well enough to get him back in the lineup. (No word yet on Carl Crawford‘s back, but he was unlikely to play anyway; Patrick Corbin is just death on lefties.)

In non-Kemp news, as though anyone’s interested in that, the Dodgers announced the other four players joining Corey Seager and friends in the Arizona Fall League — pitchers Shawn Tolleson, Yimi Garcia, Michael Thomas, and Onelki Garcia will play for Glendale.

Unfortunately, we can just stop thinking about Alexander Guerrero entirely for now, reports MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. In a situation far too reminiscent of the Luke Hochevar mess, we’ve learned that the reported verbal deal the infielder had with the Dodgers was with his former agents, and now that he’s switched to the Boras Corp., he wants a “better overall deal”. That doesn’t shut the door on him as a Dodger, but it certainly doesn’t help.

But enough of Guerrero. He’s not here, and he might never be. Kemp is. Ramirez is. Greinke is. Puig is. Adrian Gonzalez is. That’s fun right there, and it’s the right time to get things moving for a team that could really use a convincing win.

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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nsxtasy
nsxtasy

Today's award for a clown masquerading as a media writer goes to Bob Baum, who wrote a story about last night’s game for the AP: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dodgers-rout-arizona-brink-nl-051839392–mlb.html

It included such mind-blowing misinformation as “Uribe followed with his third home run of the season” and “Gonzalez hit a soaring home run into the right field seats, his 17th homer of the season”. Yeesh.

Lobo
Lobo

Well, it's official.  As of this morning, Juan Uribe has accumulated 4.1 fWAR on the season.  Not only does this put him solidly in the range of "All-Star," it makes 2013 the most valuable season of his career.  Ya done good Urbie, ya done good

http://imgur.com/tlxfNmt

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

In a blowout win with a 6-7 run lead, why would Donnie use four of our five good relievers, instead of keeping them rested and using the crappy ones?

Tony88
Tony88

"People don't understand what it means to get 15 at-bats a day," said Kemp, who hit in simulated games against the organization's better Minor League pitchers assembled for instructional league. "I know they're not up here, but you get your timing down and still have to get good pitches to hit.

"And it builds your confidence that you can do something at the plate. It's about the confidence. Confidence makes all the difference, if it's a pitcher getting a hitter out or a hitter getting a hit. That many at-bats definitely help your confidence.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

whoa, Oakland is really running away with the division. thought it was still a tight race. 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

I tried to sleep but couldn't. Matt Kemp isn't even 30 yet. Think on that. 

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

Call me crazy but uribear has kind have been the unsung hero of 2013. He saved us from the Luis cry catastrophe

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@nsxtasy The good relievers are not exactly over worked. Why not just guarantee yourself the win tonight and now you only need to win one more game

Hoze
Hoze

@LA_Woman The guy is 24 and is leading most pitching categories in Japan. The Dodgers should make him their top priority as well. Although I want the best for the pitching prospects that come through the Dodgers system Im not gonna assume that they will contribute to the major league team at the extent that theyre potential dictates because its likely not going to happen... Tanaka is anything but a 'sure-thing' also, but Id like to think that there is more accumulated statistics (7 years worth) that can point to a level of success in a level considered to be higher than AAA that is more reassuring about a positive translation into the MLB. 

I consider Tanaka a hugely expensive prospect that has been given the opportunity to prove that he can be dominant for 7 years in highly competitive AAA ball. I like the chances of success and would rather risk having him on board for the next few years rather than have Nolasco or depend that someone in the Dodgers system with more limited experience can have the same level of expectation (Urias comes close to assuring me that he will be great but his age is still a huge factor- we wont know how he develops until he moves further in the system and hopefully maintains a healthy road through it)

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

@LA_Woman read in the LA times today that the Angels have him as their #1 off season priority. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Hoze  Fuckin' asshole. Where the hell did he get that money? Or rather... STEAL that money.

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @nsxtasy A 6-7 run lead already guarantees you the win.  If the crappy relievers (Moylan, League, Marmol) give up a couple of runs, then you can bring in the good guys.

Hoze
Hoze

@LA_Woman @Hoze He goes bankrupt, yet is allowed to keep the profits from selling the team that he spent poorly on (stole is better way to put it) for $2.15 billion. Instead of paying his dues to the team, he'd rather donate to a school..I dont disapprove of the act of itself, but its silly for a man like McCourt to be charitable with money that shouldnt be in his pocket  

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@nsxtasy @TellMyWifeISaidHello I guess, but the point is that one minimize the risk and get your guys some work. You are not trying to maximize these guys workloads in important games right now. You are just making sure your best players are ready for the post-season

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

@LA_Woman @Paul_me_maybe just like... always feel like there's things i should be doing now that I hold myself back from for whatever bullshit reasons. 

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@LA_Woman @Hoze That is not exactly rare in the world of education. Robber barons built dozens of Universities... Duke, Stanford...

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Hoze @LA_Woman  Exactly. And he gets to be known for being a charitable guy when he's a THIEF. And he'll get a building named after him. PFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.