Marlins @ Dodgers May 12, 2013: Maybe Win a Series, Maybe?

May 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_openingday2013On Mother’s Day at Dodger Stadium, it’s kids day in the lineup: Tim Federowicz, Dee Gordon, & Scott Van Slyke all get starts. Federowicz is replacing A.J. Ellis for the day, and the way things are going, you’d be forgiven for initially thinking Ellis was probably battling a hamstring injury. It is, fortunately, just a regular day off on a day game after a night game, and comes as no surprise given that only seven catchers have more innings caught than Ellis so far. Let’s just be thankful that Federowicz gets to step in rather than Ramon Hernandez.

Elsewhere, Andre Ethier starts as well, despite some pain in his left big toe that had him hobbling in the dugout last night, and Mark Ellis is running “closer to full speed” but still has no plans to make a rehab appearance yet. Ellis is going to end up missing about a month, mark my words, so really glad he ate up a roster spot for ten days when there was absolutely no chance that was going to end well.

Marlins
Dodgers
LF
Pierre
LF
Crawford
3B
Polanco
SS
Gordon
CF
Ruggiano
CF
Kemp
RF
Ozuna
RF
Ethier
C
Olivo
1B
Van Slyke
1B
Green
2B
Schumaker
2B
Dietrich
C
Federowicz
SS
Hechavarria
3B
Punto
P
Koehler
P
Capuano

I suppose at this point I can no longer ignore the elephant in the room, and that’s that Van Slyke is starting at first base rather than left or right field because Adrian Gonzalez is one again out due to his neck injury. Gonzalez left last night’s game early, and provided some truly scary quotes to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:

“That’s the one thing where it doesn’t really bother me,” Gonzalez said of hitting. “Just throwing, running for fly balls — running with my head up really hurts, especially going back on a ball.

“Even running forward with my head up, it hurts. Those fly balls, it’s hard for me to go hard or go comfortably after them because the whole time I’m in pain.”

The beginning part of that section is in reference to Gonzalez not being bothered while hitting, and as Plunkett notes, Gonzalez is 8 for 19 in the six games he’s played since getting hurt. That makes the drumbeats to put him on the disabled list slightly less obvious, but this still seems like playing with fire nonetheless.

Van Slyke and friends face 26-year-old righty Tom Koehler, who I had admittedly never heard of before learning he’d be taking Wade LeBlanc‘s place in the rotation. Koehler started last year’s season finale for the Marlins, and was a starter in 123 of his 126 minor league games, but has pitched in relief in his other 13 big league appearances.

The Dodgers toss out Chris Capuano as they attempt to win a series for the first time since facing Milwaukee on April 26-28.

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