Giants @ Dodgers June 26, 2013: Kershaw vs Lincecum Used To Be A Top Matchup

June 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150I sure hope you enjoyed Matt Kemp‘s big comeback last night… because it lasted all of one game. He sits tonight as Andre Ethier slides back to center and Skip Schumaker gets the start in left.

I kid, really, because I actually have no problem with this, to be honest. It may seem like “one game,” but Kemp actually played four days in a row including rehab starts, so I’m fine with treating the increasingly-fragile superstar with an abundance of caution. Kemp’s competitive spirit is well-known at this point, and part of the job of the manager is to save him from himself. Besides, the Dodgers have had an awful bench for years, and having Kemp available in a big spot in the late innings seems like a pretty nice bonus here.

Giants
Dodgers
LF
Torres
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Scutaro
RF
Puig
1B
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Pence
SS
Ramirez
3B
Sandoval
CF
Ethier
CF
Perez
C
A.Ellis
C
Sanchez
3B
Uribe
SS
Crawford
LF
Schumaker
P
Lincecum
P
Kershaw

In the meantime, San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum is struggling through another tough season, but he’s at least seen some better results over his last few starts. In 24.2 June innings, he’s got a 21/9 K/BB and allowed eight earned runs. But of course, he’ll still always be this guy, won’t he?

Elsewhere, we haven’t really talked a lot about Cuban righty pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, but it’s probably time we do so. Gonzalez, 26, has been throwing for major league scouts for a few weeks now, and Dodger interest has been well-noted. What makes him particularly interesting is that due to his age and experience in Cuba, he’s not subject to the restricted international cap that Yasiel Puig made just to beat out last year. So that means he’s going to be the subject of a true bidding war when he signs, likely soon, and the latest reports say that five years and $60 million isn’t out of the question.

As with Puig at the time, I don’t know nearly enough about Gonzalez to say whether he’s worth that kind of money. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that he has “a fastball in the mid-90s, a changeup, fork and a curveball,” but has missed most of the last two years due to being suspended for trying to defect. What I do know is that if this is going to be about money and the Dodgers like him, they’re not going to be outbid… and that this team currently has both Stephen Fife & Chris Capuano in the starting rotation. I imagine we haven’t heard the last of this.

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