Braves @ Dodgers June 6, 2013: Draft Day

June 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150No one panic! Hanley Ramirez is out of the lineup today, but it is apparently just a scheduled day off rather than any new health concern. I suppose I like the idea of not riding a guy too hard after the continued injury issues he’s had so far… but it’s also been just two games since he’s been back in the lineup. Too conservative? Difficult to say.

In Ramirez’ place, Nick Punto starts at shortstop, and… well, look. I love what Punto has done this year, to the point where it’s not even really ironic any more when people call it “the Nick Punto trade”. (Okay, it’s a little ironic.) And I also know that a lot of eyes glaze over when you start talking about “BABIP” and “regression”. But we said a few weeks ago when Punto was hitting .340/.427/.420 with a .429 BABIP that there was no way he was going to keep this up and that we should enjoy the ride while it lasted, because it’s not like a 35-year-old suddenly learned a new skill. As the balls have stopped finding holes, Punto is just three for his last 26, pushing his average below .300. That’s not to say that what he did before wasn’t wonderful, just that this is more what he he is these days.

Braves
Dodgers
SS
Simmons
RF
Puig
RF
Heyward
SS
Punto
LF
J.Upton
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Freeman
LF
Van Slyke
C
McCann
CF
Ethier
2B
Uggla
C
Federowicz
2B
Pena
2B
Schumaker
CF
B.Upton
3B
Cruz
P
Hudson
P
Greinke

Of course, it wouldn’t be a game thread these days if there wasn’t news on the injury front, and Ken Gurnick brings us an item on Ted Lilly: he is questionable to start this weekend because of neck pain. I was reminded that I had made a joke the other night that “The odds of Lilly not waking up sore and landing on the DL after getting checked by Kyle Blanks are what, 0.00004%?” We don’t know yet if it’s related, but… come on, it’s related. I guess I’m going to have to GIF that soon.

I suppose we’ve glossed over the opponent tonight a bit, and that’s too bad because the Braves are a pretty interesting team, one that is surprisingly trouncing the Nationals in the NL East. They even have a rookie sensation of their own in Evan Gattis, though he’s not playing tonight. Still, it’s a team worth seeing, and Cheap Dodgers Tickets remain.

The other main news of the night: with the #18 pick in the draft, the Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson from Jacksonville State University. I’d like to pretend I know anything about him, but I don’t, so I will instead direct you to Jon Weisman’s collection of a few different scouting reports here. I do like this bit, from Baseball America: “With Hyun-jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig graduating, Anderson will rank in the top three in the Dodgers’ system.”

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