Dodgers @ Cubs August 1, 2013: Back on the Road

August 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

wrigleyfieldIf you check out the bullpen chart at the bottom of this page, you’ll notice some interesting usage patterns. Chris Withrow hasn’t appeared since throwing 10 pitches in Toronto on July 22, more than a week ago; meanwhile, J.P. Howell and Carlos Marmol each threw 21 pitches against the Reds last Thursday and haven’t been seen in the week since.

On the flip side, Ronald Belisario has appeared in each of the last four games, wrapped around a Monday off day. Kenley Jansen has been out six times in the last nine days, though he’s at least been rested in two of the last three. As the Dodgers head into Wrigley Field to kick off four against the Cubs, the solution is obvious: the lineup needs to drop 14 runs on Cubs starter Chris Rusin and make sure that the low-leverage guys can get some mop-up duty while avoiding your regulars.

Dodgers
Cubs
LF
Crawford
CF
DeJesus
CF
Puig
LF
Lake
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Rizzo
SS
Ramirez
C
Navarro
3B
Uribe
RF
Schierholtz
RF
Van Slyke
SS
Castro
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Valbuena
C
Federowicz
2B
Barney
P
Nolasco
P
Rusin

If that’s going to happen, it’s coming to come with a lineup that looks just a little different, perhaps in deference to the fact that the team didn’t arrive at their Chicago hotel until 7:30am local time. (One of the buses from the airport had to stop four different times due to overheating, per Rick Monday on the pre-game show. The life of a ballplayer isn’t always glamorous.)

Andre Ethier takes a seat against the lefty Rusin, giving Scott Van Slyke a start in right field and pushing Yasiel Puig to center; Tim Federowicz will be behind the dish, catching Ricky Nolasco, as A.J. Ellis gets the day off.

By the way, the national spotlight that has found its way to this team comes with some positives and negatives, since ESPN has announced today that the August 25 game against Boston will now be shown on Sunday Night Baseball. Yes, that’ll be a year since the big trade, so expect no shortage of discussion about that.

That’s the fourth game this month that will now be on the Worldwide Leader, along with games on Monday and Wednesday against St. Louis and this Sunday against Tampa Bay. While the Cardinals games are on the road and will be shown on the usual Los Angeles channels, the downside there is that the Boston and Tampa Bay games are at home, meaning that we’ll likely lose two games worth of Vin Scully’s sweet, sweet music.

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