NLCS Game 3: The Return of RoboHanley

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Hanley Ramirez lives! ….sort of! As we’d worried, he does indeed have a fractured rib, but he will be in the lineup tonight. It’s okay though: it only “causes Ramirez pain when he swings a bat,” reports Ken Gurnick, and it’s not like that’s a big part of his job description. (Gurnick goes on to add that Ramirez has a Kevlar vest and took painkillers to get onto the field. I’d like to get into a whole discussion of the hilariously gray line between what makes taking those okay and something like HGH not, but, another time.)

It’s going to be more than a little interesting to see what Ramirez is able to provide, given his physical condition. But I think we can all agree that even a diminished Ramirez is worth trotting out over Nick Punto, so long as Hanley can at least field his position. Something else to keep an eye on — if they’re smart, the Cardinals are going to bust him inside, early. No, not throw at him — which even Don Mattingly doesn’t believe Joe Kelly was trying to do, despite the insistence of some fans to the contrary — but just inside to get him thinking about. It’s the smart move.

Cardinals
Dodgers
2B
Carpenter
LF
Crawford
RF
Beltran
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Holliday
SS
Ramirez
C
Molina
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Freese
CF
Ethier
1B
Adams
RF
Puig
CF
Jay
3B
Uribe
SS
Kozma
C
A.Ellis
P
Wainwright
P
Ryu

Ramirez isn’t the only one back, because Andre Ethier returns to play center, even though reports on how his ankle is holding up aren’t exactly stellar. His inclusion leads to what is really an odd Dodger lineup, actually.

Even with both Ramirez and Ethier in the lineup, Mark Ellis is still hitting second. That’s not odd, it’s just dumb; Ellis can’t hit righty pitching, and he’s especially had no luck against Wainwright. Ethier actually has (.303/.361/.667 with three homers in 36 plate appearances), so I get putting him fifth, but that pushes Juan Uribe down to seventh.

I know, I know: lineup construction doesn’t usually matter that much. But it’s a general fact that Ellis is not a good enough hitter to be getting more at-bats than anyone other than Carl Crawford, and his presence only allows Mattingly to call for the inevitable sacrifice bunt that will take the bat out of Ramirez’ hands.

But really, it’s not going to matter who is hitting where if the bats can’t wake up and solve Wainwright, and if Hyun-jin Ryu doesn’t manage to solve his first-inning woes. It’s not a stretch to say that this is a must-win game if the Dodgers are going to have a chance to pull this off, so the time for action is now. Let’s get to it.

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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1979 comments
DeucesWild
DeucesWild

I'm used to my buddies texting me play by play throughout the game, but tonight it was my mom. Thankfully she and my dad know their baseball 

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

Why take a chances with a 90% Greinke when you can have a 100% Greinke for game 5? Game 4 AND 5 are happening. So Greinke-Kershaw for 4-5, best scenario: we go up 3-2.... then what? Nolasco for game 6 on the road??? YEAH!

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

So what do you guys think ... Hanley have any power?  Is he a long ball threat?

Noel D
Noel D

Sorry.  You gotta get to Kershaw.  Best shot for that?  Greinke.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

"Wainwright, the loser."  That always sounds funnier than it actually is

TheConman
TheConman

Waiting on Drank's "Ryu Wins" image

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

WHOA I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT SCOREBOARD IN CF BEFORE

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

Game 4 isn't a potential elimination game. Even if Nolasco doesn't get it done, Greinke STILL gets a chance. Greinke gets it done, and Kershaw WILL pitch.

#NolascoGame4

P_F_P
P_F_P

Fuck, Nolasco or short-rested Greinke.

SteveLyonsFan
SteveLyonsFan

Nolasco is going to throw a complete game shutout to tomorrow 

The big hippo
The big hippo

9 runs in 3 games played. I don't remember the last time there was such a low scoring series. Red Sox-Tigers scored 11 in last night's game. Anyway, we're back in this.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

Time to make SF fans feel what we felt last year

ALVX
ALVX

Ah man that was sweet

P_F_P
P_F_P

DONT FORGET WHO GOT THE FINAL ASSIST

Birdman_
Birdman_

@zeroami @Birdman79 @Tycho Blue    It fantastic actually.....would have been better if you left Ren and shopped Yella....he always had a doofy look on his face anyway