Life Is Pain: No Matt Kemp In October

kemp_bench_2013-05-25Hey, you guys remember the long-ago times of this morning when I half-seriously mentioned that Skip Schumaker might be the starting center fielder in the playoffs but that I wasn’t really worried about it, because all signs indicated that Matt Kemp would be there? I think I also said that “Kemp’s health absolutely cannot be counted on,” and now I’m realizing that there is no higher power and we’re all going to die alone, cold and unloved.

This is all coming back now because we just learned that not only will Kemp not play in Game 1, he won’t play at all, having now been shut down for the entire season thanks to his sore left ankle, going so far as to say “if I keep playing on it, my ankle could break”. David Vassegh adds that Kemp learned the news in the “3rd or 4th inning” today, after an MRI that Eric Stephen tells us showed “major swelling in one of the weight-bearing bones”, which (this one via Bill Shaikin) may need about a month to heal. Dylan Hernandez adds that Kemp will also have cleanup surgery on the shoulder that started this run of injuries, and WHY CAN’T WE HAVE NICE THINGS?

It’s important to remember that the Dodgers played without Kemp for basically the whole year anyway, and the majority of that incredible second-half run came without him, so it’s not like hope for the playoffs dies with him. But the larger problem here is that Andre Ethier — who managed to man center field surprisingly well while steadily improving his offensive production — is still far from a definite to play with an ankle injury of his own, and may be limited to pinch-hitting since he can’t show that he’s able to run at full speed. (And as much as I’ve been willing to credit Ethier for playing a reasonable center when I thought he had no prayer of doing so, the thought of a limited Ethier out there is just terrifying.)

This is still a good team, don’t forget. It’s still a team with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Kenley Jansen on the mound; they still have Adrian Gonzalez in the lineup, and Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig have both been far more productive than Kemp or Ethier at the plate this year. So this is far from a knockout blow, and it’s important we remember that, even if this might bring the double whammy of getting Jerry Hairston onto the playoff roster.

But man… the season ended something like an hour ago, and we’re not really enjoying the anticipation for the playoffs, are we? I’m think people are freaking out. I’m not sure they’re wrong. “Skip Schumaker, starting center fielder” tends to have that effect.

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PF Flyers
PF Flyers

I liked the rally after the game, to bad the Dodger bats were silent. I was also super happy Dodgers fans gave Todd a standing O.

question, more me just ruminating but here goes, Wasn't Carl Crawford a center fielder in Tampa? I know the dodgers haven't shown any proclivity to returning him to that position, but I feel he used to be one.

SummerSaint
SummerSaint

MATTY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I heard Kemps speech on the radio. My first reaction? "FUCK!"

Thankful for little things like seeing Depeche Mode last night to temporarily forget.

Also: Fuck you Plaza and Fuck Facebook for spoiling Breaking Bad already.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

but seriously, before we move on from the topic of matt kemp. 


FUCKMOTHERFUCKSHITFUCKGODDAMNSHITASSESFUCKALLL. 



sigh. 

Dang88
Dang88

I had a dream we lost game 1  3-1..............I also had a dream I was a centaur so I think we are good.

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

Tony Jackson addresses the wild card farce: "But you have to admit, there is something very strange about the Pirates and Reds playing a completely meaningless game TODAY in Cincinnati, then the same two teams turning around two days later and playing a tense, one-game, all-the-marbles game in Pittsburgh. And you could argue that there is something even stranger about St. Louis having outlasted BOTH of these teams to win the N.L. Central by a comfortable, three-game margin, only to have to begin the postseason by surviving a tough, best-of-five NLDS against ONE OF THOSE SAME TEAMS."

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i would very much like a new post because this one makes me sad

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Y'know, if Kemp was a horse, they'd have just shot him at some point.

scottmbarrett
scottmbarrett

I know this means absolutely nothing and apples and oranges and all that. BUT. At age 25, Clayton Kershaw has 33 more career strike outs than Mariano Rivera does at age 42. And he did it in 103 less innings.

Lobo
Lobo

I woke up this morning hoping that Matt's injury was just a bad dream.


Nope.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

God Dammit. Every fucking time I go off the grid for a bit, I come back to an injured Dodger.

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

Now it's time for Beimel to "accidentally" cut his hand in the hotel bathroom...

Lobo
Lobo

Nope.  No.  Not at all.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

perhaps a super spoiler breaking bad thread. 

nauuds3000
nauuds3000

@Lobo Yep.

Matt Kemp's ankle injury wasn't serious at all.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Today.

PF Flyers
PF Flyers

@SummerSaint @PF Flyers 

I don't always remember AL roster minutia (or NL for that matter) I looked it up on mlb.com and it appears neither of us are wrong, Carl was the back up option, getting between some appearances there each year but not too many

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i can't believe the president nuked albuquerque 

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Haven't watched one episode of Breaking Bad yet, but I read spoilers for the final episode, because REASONS.