Padres @ Dodgers June 4, 2013: Try to Stick Around This Time, Hanley

June 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150I think there’s little that says more about the state of the 2013 Dodgers than this — on one hand, I’m pretty excited about a lineup that has both Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez in it, now that Ramirez has been activated from the disabled list. But in the same breath, I’m realizing that it’s just a few days into June and Don Mattingly is forced to toss out lineups that do not include Matt Kemp or Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier or A.J. Ellis. (Ethier sits against lefty Clayton Richard, which is probably for the best.)

Puig leads off again in right field, which leads to the unfortunate side effect of Skip Schumaker playing center field against a lefty, though I suppose options are indeed limited. A lineup that has Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, and Ramirez in the top half — hell, even throw in Scott Van Slyke, who has been very good — suddenly looks interested. It’s almost enough to make you wonder what it might look like if Crawford & Ellis & Kemp were all healthy… but that’s just a thought that will set us up for disappointment at this point.

Padres
Dodgers
CF
Denorfia
RF
Puig
SS
Cabrera
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Headley
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Quentin
SS
Ramirez
2B
Gyorko
LF
Van Slyke
C
Grandal
3B
Uribe
RF
Blanks
CF
Schumaker
C
Guzman
C
Federowicz
P
Richard
P
Lilly

Of course, Ramirez doesn’t just appear without an equal move being made to remove someone from the roster, and that means that Chris Capuano heads back to the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Capuano’s MRI came back with less than fantastic news, though I imagine the solid showing last night from Stephen Fife helped push that along as well.

I assume by now you’ve noticed that Carlos Quentin is back in the lineup in left field for San Diego tonight, and I do wonder how Ted Lilly will respond. People still whine that Chad Billingsley “showed no guts” by not throwing at the Phillies during the NLCS a few years ago, and so it will be interesting to see how the reaction will be if Lilly does the same. On the other hand, even if he does go after Quentin, would a big league hitter even notice a 78 MPH fastball to the shoulder? Then again, I almost hope Lilly does; while I think beanball wars are beyond stupid, I’d rather have him do it than Clayton Kershaw tomorrow.

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