Dodgers @ Blue Jays July 23, 2013: Welcome, Carlos Danger

July 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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Jose Dominguez has been optioned to Triple-A, and Carlos Marmol is coming to take his place. As you can imagine, fans are not particularly pleased, because based on the proven scientific properties of “young=good, old=bad” that must mean that ol’ Ned Colletti went and found himself another great name from 2006 to block a bright young talent, right?

Well, not exactly. I feel like fans have quickly grown attached to Dominguez because he throws triple-digit heat and isn’t Brandon League or Matt Guerrier, and that’s fair. But as I’ve said over the last few days — echoed in greater detail by Jon Weisman today — it’s certainly not as though Dominguez has been so outstanding that just cannot be sent down. He’s seen 39 batters, he’s struck out four. I shouldn’t need to tell you that ERA for relievers is a joke, especially over 8.1 innings, but needless to say his 2.16 ERA is not at all backed up by a 3.52 FIP.

That’s not to say Dominguez has been lousy, because he certainly has not, and it would have been fine to keep him around. But it’s also fine to let him get some more seasoning in the minors, and he did leave last night’s game with a sore quad, after all. (Ken Gurnick reported he threw today without any pain, but still.)

Dodgers
Blue Jays
LF
Crawford
SS
Reyes
RF
Puig
LF
Cabrera
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Bautista
DH
Ramirez
DH
Encarnacion
CF
Ethier
1B
Lind
2B
M.Ellis
3B
DeRosa
3B
Hairston
CF
Davis
C
Federowicz
C
Arencibia
SS
Punto
3B
Lawrie

As for Marmol, he last pitched on Sunday, so he should in theory be available tonight. In five one-inning outings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga he struck out six and walked two, and considering his long history of missing bats, it’s worth the time to see if the mechanical flaws the Dodger coaching staff said they saw can be fixed. If not, then you cut him loose without much thought, so as long as Don Mattingly doesn’t suddenly have him in the ninth inning — and Dylan Hernandez reports that Marmol is merely to take Dominguez early-innings role —  this isn’t a problem for me. (Update: all irrelevant! The Dodgers later clarified that Dominguez was in fact placed on the disabled list, not optioned.)

In other news, the reported agreement between the Dodgers and Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero remains unfinished, as his agent indicated that Guerrero hasn’t yet signed and is not cleared to do so by the United States authorities just yet. One reporter indicates that he still will end up with the Dodgers, but media from that part of the world tends to be notoriously unreliable, so we’ll need to hear it from the Dodgers themselves before we believe it.

There’s also a scheduling change coming up, in that the August 11 game against the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays at Dodger Stadium is now going to be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. That’s a fun showcase for the two hottest teams in the league, though it comes with a dual dose of bad news: it means no Vin Scully, and it’s also Breaking Bad premiere night. Priorities!

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