Dodgers @ Diamondbacks April 13, 2013: Ryu Hits the Road

April 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

chasefieldMark Ellis isn’t in the Dodger lineup tonight in Arizona, and neither is A.J. Ellis, Dock Ellis, Ellis Burks, or Hart Bochner — it’s worth your effort to look that last one up, but then make sure you tell him you don’t know me.

Days off for the duo aren’t a surprise, especially since Skip Schumaker is one of the few Dodgers with any success against Ian Kennedy, and A.J. Ellis has started nine of the club’s first ten games. Still, I am somewhat curious why A.J. is getting tonight off, as opposed to any other game of the series. As if Ramon Hernandez isn’t going to have enough trouble trying to learn his new pitching staff without the benefit of a spring training — so far as I can tell, the only Dodger he’s ever caught is Ted Lilly, and that was way back in 2002-03 with Oakland — now he’s got the additional challenge of trying to manage Hyun-jin Ryu tonight, in Ryu’s road debut. It wouldn’t surprise me if Hernandez had never even heard of Ryu before last week, much less seen him pitch; since Ryu doesn’t throw bullpen sessions between starts, the first time Hernandez actually catches a live pitch from him might be in pregame warmups tonight.

Dodgers
D-backs
LF
Crawford
CF
Pollock
2B
Schumaker
RF
Parra
CF
Kemp
3B
Prado
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Goldschmidt
RF
Ethier
C
Montero
C
Hernandez
LF
Marte
3B
Cruz
2B
Wilson
SS
Sellers
SS
Pennington
P
Ryu
P
Kennedy

Speaking of Lilly, any hope he might have had of taking Zack Greinke‘s rotation spot was extinguished today when Don Mattingly confirmed that it would instead be Chris Capuano who will get the start on Tuesday, back home against San Diego. I imagine that means Lilly will take Capuano’s long man spot in the bullpen and push Shawn Tolleson back to Triple-A, though that’s problematic itself.

While I think all of us are pleased that Capuano starts ahead of him, Lilly’s tendencies to allow longballs and ignore baserunners aren’t exactly bullpen-friendly. If anything, I’d love to see the team find a way to rid themselves of him, though that seems unlikely. For the meantime, he remains on the disabled list, and I’ve updated the depth chart to reflect Capuano’s move to the rotation.

No Dodger reliever enters tonight’s game having pitched consecutive days, so Mattingly should have his full complement at the ready should Ryu falter.

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