Dodgers @ Giants May 5, 2013: Who Needs a Full Roster?

May 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

Another day, and more of the same. This is now the ninth day in a row (eighth game) that Mark Ellis remains active yet unavailable — and the third day in a row that Adrian Gonzalez was originally in the lineup before being scratched. We also won’t see Jerry Hairston, and while there’s no word on his condition, the fact that he isn’t playing first base really ought to tell you something.

All that, and Matt Magill remains — he’s “still in the rotation,” claims Don Mattingly — to eat up a roster spot, while the team limps along with an overworked bullpen (thanks to short starts by Magill, Josh Beckett, & Ted Lilly) and a short bench.

It’s truly, absolutely, indefensible at this point, and I’ve run out of ways to explain it.

Dodgers
Giants
LF
Crawford
CF
Pagan
2B
Punto
2B
Scutaro
CF
Kemp
3B
Sandoval
RF
Ethier
1B
Posey
C
A.Ellis
RF
Pence
1B
Uribe
LF
Peguero
3B
Cruz
C
Quiroz
SS
Gordon
SS
Crawford
P
Ryu
P
Cain

So what we’re left with tonight is a pretty fantastic infield as the Dodgers attempt to avoid being swept behind Hyun-jin Ryu. After 1,417 major league games, Juan Uribe gets his first start ever at first base. That gets Luis Cruz back in the lineup — he was not originally in until Gonzalez was scratched — and terrifies me that Uribe is now being put in the position of trying to collect Dee Gordon‘s often scattershot throws.

Meanwhile, Scott Van Slyke continues to sit in Albuquerque, rather than join a team which does not have a first baseman. Remember, you know me. You know that I don’t even like Scott Van Slyke. I think he’s completely overrated by ABQ stats, yet even I cannot fathom the thought process behind failing to make a move to bring him up.

There’s just nothing that makes sense about this, nor the refusal to get any help for an exhausted bullpen. It’s one thing to deal with endless injuries that can never be predicted and often can’t be prevented; it’s quite another to fail to put your manager and roster in the best position to win.

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