Rockies @ Dodgers July 14, 2013: The End of the “First Half”

July 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Today is the 94th game of the 2013 season for the Dodgers, so to say “first half,” well, that happened about two weeks ago. Nonetheless, we slide into the All-Star break watching a team that’s guaranteed to be .500 at worst and sitting in second place, easily within striking distance of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. To say that it’s been a wild ride from the lows of “will Don Mattingly get fired tomorrow?” to the highs of winning 17 of the last 21 might be an understatement; hell, a month ago today, after a 3-0 loss to Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Dodgers were ten games under and 8.5 back. It’s amazing to see how much things have changed since then, but personally, I’m happy for the break. With injuries mounting once again, it’s probably not the worst thing in the world for the club to have a few days to heal.

Rockies
Dodgers
CF
Fowler
RF
Schumaker
2B
LeMahieu
2B
Punto
LF
Gonzalez
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Tulowitzki
SS
Ramirez
RF
Cuddyer
CF
Ethier
1B
Helton
C
A.Ellis
C
Rosario
LF
Van Slyke
3B
Arenado
3B
Hairston
P
Chacin
P
Nolasco

That being the case, you’ll see a lineup today that’s worthy of the final game before the break. Mark Ellis is having trouble running after fouling a ball off his leg last night, reports Dylan Hernandez, and so he’ll sit today. Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig are also sitting with back and hip injuries, respectively, and you imagine Don Mattingly would like to stay away from them if at all possible. If so, we’re looking at quite a short bench today.

Ricky Nolasco makes his first hometown start as a member of the Dodgers, and he’ll have a tough time following up on the greatness of Zack Greinke last night.

In New York, Joc Pederson is playing left field and hitting sixth for the United States team in the Futures Game today, which you can watch at 11am PST on ESPN2 or streaming on MLB.com. Baseball America‘s J.J. Cooper, watching batting practice this morning, gushed over a blast Pederson put into the upper deck. Cooper’s colleague Ben Badler had this to say: “Joc Pederson getting underneath the ball a little more than usual but showing serious raw power. Big fan.” Me too, Ben. Me too.

Will Puig join Pederson in New York? I hope not, and I sincerely doubt it, but it’s worth noting that Freddie Freeman is out of the Atlanta lineup with a thumb injury today, and may not be able to play in Tuesday’s game.

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