Cubs @ Dodgers August 5, 2012: Germano vs Blanton

August 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

Joe Blanton makes his Dodger debut this afternoon, and that means that opposing starter Justin Germano, acquired from Boston on July 19, won’t even be the pitcher newest to his team. Blanton will be the eighth starting pitcher for the club this season, behind the original five, Nathan Eovaldi, & Stephen Fife. Barring something completely unexpected, that means that the Dodgers really are going to make 2012 their first season in over three decades in which every single start was made by American pitchers. (Rubby De La Rosa, who was already all but certain to be used as a reliever this year anyway, is also now worried about a tweaked groin.) In fact, of the 20 pitchers we’ve seen this year, only Kenley Jansen & Ronald Belisario hail from outside North America. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the pitching has been generally pretty good this year, but it really does go back to the shameful lack of international spending under the McCourt regime. As we’ve seen with the big splash on Yasiel Puig, hopefully that’s not something we’ll need to be concerned about as much going forward.

Cubs
Dodgers
RF
DeJesus
LF
Victorino
CF
Jackson
2B
M.Ellis
1B
Rizzo
CF
Kemp
LF
Soriano
RF
Ethier
SS
Castro
SS
Ramirez
C
Castillo
1B
Loney
3B
Valbuena
3B
Cruz
2B
Barney
C
A.Ellis
P
Germano
P
Blanton

Luis Cruz steps back in at third base in place of Jerry Hairston, and that now marks two full weeks since Juan Uribe‘s last start, which came in the extra-inning finale in New York, the one game that Josh Wall got into. Since then he’s appeared once as a defensive replacement in St. Louis, once as a pinch-hitter there, and once getting two plate appearances against Arizona as part of a double switch when Fife was knocked out. He did not appear in San Francisco, and we haven’t seen him against the Cubs. Obviously, having Hanley Ramirez and Hairston in the infield (since Shane Victorino has taken over left) has eliminated any role that he may have had, and now it seems the only question is when he gets cut, not if. Unless they’re ready to send down Cruz, something’s going to have to give when Adam Kennedy is eligible to come off the DL on Thursday, and while I think you could try make an argument that Uribe is more valuable than Kennedy, it’s also not worth anyone’s time to bother. I like thinking that Uribe’s remaining tenure with the club may be measured in “hours”.

While the Dodgers may have a roster move to consider, the Cubs have already made two today, trading last night’s starting right fielder, Jeff Baker, to Detroit for two players to be named and calling up top prospect Brett Jackson to make his big-league debut in center field.

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