Cardinals @ Dodgers May 24, 2013: Back to Baseball

May 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_openingday2013So long, Dee Gordon? I had planned to focus on just how badly he’s been struggling in three or four days when he had received roughly the same number of plate appearances that Justin Sellers had, but considering that tonight is now the second game in a row — and third time in the last five games — that Nick Punto gets the start at shortstop, perhaps it’s going to take a little longer than that. I can’t say I ever thought I’d be happy to see Punto getting this much time at shortstop, but with the way Gordon has been playing, I also can’t really argue with this call whatsoever. We’ll get into that whole situation more in the coming days, however; it might not matter because Hanley Ramirez is already trying to convince the team to let him back on the field.

Cardinals
Dodgers
2B
Carpenter
LF
Crawford
RF
Beltran
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Holliday
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Craig
CF
Kemp
C
Molina
RF
Ethier
CF
Jay
C
A.Ellis
3B
Freese
SS
Punto
SS
Kozma
3B
Uribe
P
Lynn
P
Capuano

More importantly, Don Mattingly remains on the bench, as I think we all knew he would once yesterday came and went without a move. The noise from the front office over the last few days has been completely supportive, with little to indicate that Ned Colletti or Stan Kasten are unhappy about Mattingly’s surprising remarks in Milwaukee. That doesn’t mean it’s the same behind closed doors, but I’m fine with that — there was really little in what Mattingly said that I didn’t agree with, it was just surprising to see a manager be that blunt publicly.

Unsurprisingly, Andre Ethier is back in the lineup, batting fifth and playing right field. Regardless of what really went on with him in Milwaukee, he had to be back in the lineup tonight. The point was made, and you probably risk losing him entirely if he was out of the lineup again. I actually like this lineup pretty well given the options available, and considering I’m saying that despite the fact that the left side is comprised of Punto & Juan Uribe should tell you a whole lot about how little I think of Gordon & Luis Cruz these days.

The bullpen, as you can see below, should be fully rested after yesterday’s day off and some good starting pitching over the last few days. J.P. Howell, Kenley Jansen, & Paco Rodriguez haven’t been seen since last Sunday’s disaster in Atlanta. Will Chris Capuano kick off the homestand by not forcing the ‘pen to kick in five innings? I sure hope so.

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