Phillies @ Dodgers June 27, 2013: Sandy Koufax Bobblehead Night

June 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Ricky Nolasco status: still not a Dodger.

Hanley Ramirez status: on the bench. That’s right, despite hitting the ball harder than Yasiel Puig — it’s science! — the red-hot Ramirez takes a seat tonight against Philadelphia starter Jonathan Pettibone. As you can imagine, a lot of fans headed to the game tonight aren’t entirely thrilled about seeing Nick Punto instead, but if we’ve learned anything so far, it’s that having Ramirez healthy and productive over the course of the season is vital. If that means that he gets an extra day off now and then — and he’s played seven of the last eight days — then I’m completely fine with that.

Phillies
Dodgers
CF
Revere
2B
Schumaker
2B
Utley
RF
Puig
SS
Rollins
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Howard
CF
Kemp
LF
Brown
LF
Ethier
RF
Young
C
A.Ellis
3B
Frandsen
3B
Uribe
C
Quintero
SS
Punto
P
Pettibone
P
Greinke

You’ll probably also notice that Andre Ethier is playing left field tonight, the first time he’s played there since entering in a double-switch for Juan Pierre on July 31, 2008. A few hours later, the Dodgers traded for Manny Ramirez, and Ethier hasn’t been seen in that corner since.

I’m actually pretty pleased about this alignment, because Puig’s strong arm demands he stay in right field, and Ethier has plenty of experience in left. That said, I suppose I’m not entirely sure why this has changed so quickly since Tuesday when Ethier & Puig were on opposite sides of Matt Kemp, but I’m happy with it nonetheless.

As for the Phillies, future Dodger Michael Young sits tonight in favor of Kevin Frandsen, but be sure to keep a close eye on Domonic Brown. After years of struggling to break into the Philadelphia lineup, Brown is tied for fifth in baseball with 20 homers. If Zack Greinke misses his spot, Brown could hit one a long, long way.

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