Dodgers @ Mets April 24, 2013: Sigh, It’s Ted Lilly

April 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

citifieldFor the first time since May 23 of last year, Ted Lilly starts a game for the Dodgers. How’d that work out last time?

Actually, this one was less on the Albuquerque-fueled lineup failing to do much against Joe Saunders – other than Elian Herrera, that is – than it was about the regression I feared was coming for Ted Lilly rearing its ugly head. The eight earned runs Lilly allowed in just 3.1 innings were the second most of his career, behind only a nine-spot he allowed in one of his final starts as a Cub before being traded in 2010.

Right. Lilly was clearly pitching with a bum shoulder, of course, so that’s not exactly an accurate representation of his skills. Still, I can’t say I have high expectations here. Remember, his “rehab stint” to start this season was less about him being healthy and more about the team not thinking he was ready to face big league hitters. Lilly allowed five homers in 17 minor league innings during his four starts, and I’d go so far as to say I have more faith in Stephen Fife than I do him right now. In order to make room for Lilly, Tim Federowicz returns to Triple-A, ending the team’s brief (and somewhat pointless) run with three catchers.

Dodgers
Mets
LF
Schumaker
SS
Tejada
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Murphy
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Wright
CF
Kemp
C
Buck
RF
Ethier
1B
Davis
3B
Hairston
RF
Byrd
C
A.Ellis
LF
Duda
SS
Punto
CF
Lagares
P
Lilly
P
Harvey

It’s a good thing Lilly gives up a ton of flyballs, because in the push to find any sort of offense out of the left side of the infield, Don Mattingly is going with Nick Punto at short and Jerry Hairston at third. Luis Cruz sits for the third consecutive day, which can only mean one thing: he’ll start tomorrow, when I’m in attendance, and he’ll hit a homer, just like Juan Uribe did last season when I saw the team in Queens.

The Mets throw out 24-year-old Matt Harvey, and we should all be excited to get our first look at him, because the hype is real. In 29 innings, he’s got a 32/9 K/BB, and John Fisher of ESPN Stats & Information digs up some impressive pointers. After pointing out that only Stephen Strasburg and Jose Fernandez have higher average fastball velocities this season, Fisher adds…

Batters are just 1-19 in at-bats ending against Harvey’s slider this season, striking out on it an astonishing 41 percent of the time.

It’s the highest strikeout rate of any of his pitches, with the fastball second and the changeup third.

I’m not sure if a lineup without Carl Crawford is situated to deal with that. On the other hand, I’m not sure any lineup is.

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