Skip Schumaker, Starting Playoff Center Fielder?

schumaker_2013-06-1I should preface this by saying that no, I don’t really think Skip Schumaker is going to end up starting in center field in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday. My guess is that unless Matt Kemp is completely unable to walk, he’ll force his way into the lineup no matter how sore his ankle is, especially since it sounds more “concerning” than it is “serious”.

But we should know by now that Kemp’s health absolutely cannot be counted on, and Andre Ethier seems more likely to be left off the roster entirely than to be in the starting lineup thanks to his own injury concerns, and Yasiel Puig is not only a hilarious adventure in center, but may have a sore foot of his own after fouling a ball off his foot… and suddenly you realize that it’s not all that hard to envision a scenario where the Dodgers have to go with Schumaker in center field to start the playoffs.

If so, then you sort of hope the Dodgers play St. Louis (with their all-righty starting rotation) than Atlanta (which has lefty Mike Minor likely to start Game 1 and may use Paul Maholm as well), because Schumaker’s platoon splits are well-known. Defensively, the metrics peg him as a below-average outfielder, but he’s also an atrocious second baseman, so anything that keeps him out of the infield is probably a good thing.

Anyway, this is all premature, because if I were to put money on it, I’d expect Kemp to go in the playoffs no matter what. But Schumaker started in center last night and is likely to do so again today — unless Nick Buss gets a final look — and we’re far, far too close to the idea of him being the man in October than I imagine any of us are comfortable with.

Get well soon, Matt. You too, Andre. Quick.

155 comments
Lobo
Lobo

Baseball is the best.  The absolute best


Elsewhere, the Phils are now just down 1 to Atlanta and the Cards are up 1-0 over the Cubs

Lobo
Lobo

PASSED BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Monocle
The Monocle

Well turns out the Angels are still playing meaningful games on the last day of the season.

KMT59
KMT59

Go BLUE!!!! Dodgers are road warriors this year....Playoff bound, maybe Atlanta bound

Lobo
Lobo

BASES LOADED 2 OUTS IN MIAMI

Lobo
Lobo

Shoot, I thought that was gonna do it

Lobo
Lobo

Runner on third one out!  Sac fly will win the game for Miami!

Lobo
Lobo

How amazing is this gonna be if Stanton hits a walk off to preserve the no-hitter?

Lobo
Lobo

One out in the bottom of the ninth

Lobo
Lobo

He got him!  Nine no-hit innings for Henderson Alvarez but the game isn't over!

Lobo
Lobo

Wow, Henderson Alvarez has made two nice plays in the ninth to preserve the no-no.  He's one out away from getting through 9 no-hit innings.  Needs his team to deliver a run in the bottom of the ninth

Lobo
Lobo

No-hitter alert in Detroit

The Monocle
The Monocle

How did the AL wild card get so cray cray? Thought the NL central drama would be the highlight of the weekend.

Lobo
Lobo

Goddamit Phillies

JBJ1138
JBJ1138

in the immortal words of Tony Dungy " PLAYOFFS!!??!!!??"

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

this has been a strange and wonderful year. it will continue to surprise.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Texass has all the heat on them now but with Darvish against that guy thats almost as good as Granky they look pretty good

Lobo
Lobo

And it looks like if it's gonna happen, it's gonna end on a walk off for Miami


Also, it's in Miami, not Detroit

The Monocle
The Monocle

Isn't that every prospects goal, every year?

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

Guys, Greinke deserved the loss. It's his fault for the poor offense.