Dodgers @ Cardinals August 7, 2013: Who Needs Defense?

August 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

buschstadiumPoor, poor, Ricky Nolasco. Here he is in St. Louis, going up against one of the tougher lineups in the National League, having to deal with guys like Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltran, and Matt Adams. (Adams wasn’t in the original lineup, but replaced the scratched Allen Craig. The Cardinals are ridiculous.) He’s also got to do so without Hanley Ramirez, who appears to have disappeared into the same mystery zone that Ozzie Smith did, and to make things worse, his opposite number is rookie sensation Shelby Miller, who has a 71/14 K/BB at home this year.

With all that stacked against him, Nolasco gets to run out on the field backed by an up-the-middle defense that features Skip Schumaker at second base, Dee Gordon at shortstop, and Andre Ethier at center field. Ethier, to his credit, has better than expected while filling in at center field, but that’s still a long way away from good, and we all know about the defensive difficulties of Gordon and Schumaker. (Schumaker’s UZR/150 at second base is -57.0. Negative. Seriously.)

Dodgers
Cardinals
LF
Crawford
2B
Carpenter
3B
Hairston
CF
Jay
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Beltran
RF
Puig
LF
Holliday
CF
Ethier
3B
Freese
2B
Schumaker
1B
Adams
C
Federowicz
C
Cruz
SS
Gordon
SS
Descalso
P
Nolasco
P
Miller

Fun, right? At least he has the defensively-gifted Tim Federowicz, I suppose. Anyway, Gordon makes his first start since May 26, when he went 1-3 with an intentional (!) walk against these very same Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Two of those plate appearances came off of Miller, who induced a groundout and a flyout.

In other news, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga is suddenly a whole lot more fun to watch, because not only has top prospect Corey Seager been playing daily since his promotion earlier this month, everyone’s favorite bearded maniac Brian Wilson makes his debut for the Quakes tonight. He’s still 10-14 days away at an absolute minimum, I would think, but this now puts you in the difficult position of needing to either root for him to succeed or continue to have Carlos Marmol on the roster. (Jose Dominguez is eligible to return from the disabled list today, but is still at Camelback Ranch and will likely need a rehab stint first.)

Finally, please welcome back to the fold former Dodger beat writer Tony Jackson, who is now once again a current Dodger beat writer, having set up his own site at dodgerscribe.com. Good to have you back, Tony.

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