Dodgers @ D’Backs July 10, 2013: The Road to .500

July 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

chasefieldI should probably focus on the importance of tonight’s game as the Dodgers finish up a series against first-place Arizona, and I will. But I have to be honest here and admit that there’s no way I can simply skip over what happened in San Francisco today. Not only did the Giants got swept by the Mets (!), they got shut down by former San Francisco prospect Zack Wheeler while Matt Cain left after 0.2 inning. Oh, and Chad Gaudin is apparently a giant scumbag. Or a Giant scumbag. Whichever.

I’m not going to celebrate what appears to be an injury to Cain, because that would be pretty lousy of us to do. And I know that this hubris is going to come back to bite us tenfold someday, and that Jeff Francoeur is probably going to hit .340 for the next two months. But I also know that watching the Giants suffer, well, it’s simply delicious. STRONG APPROVE.

Dodgers
D-backs
2B
M.Elis
CF
Pollock
RF
Puig
2B
Hill
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
LF
Ross
C
A.Ellis
3B
Prado
CF
Ethier
C
Nieves
LF
Van Slyke
LF
Parra
3B
Punto
SS
Pennington
P
Ryu
P
Skaggs

Anyway, with that out of the way, there’s a game to be played, and Scott Van Slyke gives Carl Crawford a rest against lefty Tyler Skaggs. It’s also important to note that the last time the Dodgers had as many wins as losses, it was way back on April 30. Behind six innings and 12 strikeouts from Hyun-jin Ryu and a homer from Hanley Ramirez in his first start of the season (and one of just two complete games he’d manage between thumb and hamstring injuries), the Dodgers beat Colorado 6-2 to even their record at 13-13.

The next day, Josh Beckett was awful as the Dodgers lost to the Rockies, their first of eight consecutive losses. They haven’t been back at .500 since, a span of more than two months. Tonight, thanks to a streak of 13 wins in 16 games, the Dodgers finally have a chance to even their record at 45-45. If they do, they’ll not only be out of the red, they’ll have swept Arizona to pull within 1.5 games of first place, with a non-zero chance of being in first by the break if the lowly Milwaukee Brewers can manage to give the Dodgers some help as they finish out their first half against the Diamondbacks.

Finally, not a day goes by without Yasiel Puig being in the news for something or other, so let’s lightning round it. 1) Puig is behind Freddie Freeman for the final spot on the All-Star team. Honestly, I don’t really care about this one way or the other. He’ll probably end up getting added anyway when other guys get hurt. 2) The “oh, won’t somebody please think of the children!” lobby is back again with a report that Puig snubbed Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez before Monday’s game. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Puig had not the faintest clue in the world who Gonzalez even was, so I can’t say this bothers me that much, though I’ll admit it wouldn’t have killed him to make some small talk. 3) Jay-Z wants to represent Puig and is pushing hard to steal him away from his current representation. Uh, sure, whatever. I’m sure nothing bad could possibly come from that.

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