Mets @ Dodgers August 13, 2013: Winning Cures All Ills

August 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Winning at a historic pace just really solves everything, doesn’t it? Really, how mad can you get about anything when your team just never, ever, loses?

I say that because there’s two bits of annoying news today, and I can’t really get myself worked up over either of them, just because it seems like beyond nitpicking at this point. The first thing is that Hanley Ramirez is once again not in the lineup, though he’s expected to play tomorrow. That’s something of a problem on both ends, really. You could argue that with a Thursday day off, you might as well just wait until Friday in Philadelphia and let him rest further; of course, as Bill Shaikin notes, if you do that, then what happens is that they get Ramirez back for only three more days than if they had just put him on the disabled list immediately. That would mean that they played short-handed for well more than a week.

Mets
Dodgers
LF
Young
LF
Crawford
CF
Lagares
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Murphy
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Byrd
RF
Puig
1B
Davis
CF
Schumaker
3B
Flores
C
A.Ellis
C
Buck
3B
Uribe
SS
Quintanilla
SS
Punto
P
Harvey
P
Ryu

That’s infuriating, really, because we’ve seen this pattern happen so many times this year, notably with Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis. I hate rushing players back, and I hate asking Don Mattingly to try to win games without a full bench. Though Ramirez is supposedly able to pinch-hit tonight, that’s more of a concern since Andre Ethier was scratched from the lineup with a sore left calf. But again: nitpicking at this point.

The other thing is that the Dodgers announced the player to be named later headed to Minnesota to finish off the July 31 deal for catcher Drew Butera, and it is, shockingly, not nothing at all. That’s what you’d expect to give up for a defense-first catcher who just turned 30 and is among the worst hitters in modern baseball history, but instead it’s 19-year-old lefty Miguel Sulbaran, who had an 85/27 K/BB in 92.2 innings for Single-A Great Lakes. The sense, it makes none.

Now, let’s try to keep this in perspective, because 19-year-old pitchers can and do amount to nothing, and Sulburan was just the #14 prospect before the season as ranked by MLB.com, and only #31 at TrueBlueLA. This isn’t trading Carlos Santana or Edwin Jackson; this isn’t trading James McDonald and Andrew Lambo.

Still, when the Twins dealt Butera, Minnesota fans at Twins Daily attempted to guess what they might receive in return, and…

twins_daily_butera

…yeah. So to get more than cash considerations or a total non-prospect… it’s a bit surprising. But again, Sulbaran isn’t Zach Lee, or Julio Urias, or Ross Stripling, or Chris Reed. It probably amounts to nothing, and it’s perhaps likely that the five plate appearances Butera may get as the third catcher in September represents more playing time than Sulbaran was likely to ever get in the bigs. Still, we know what Butera is, and to have given up a decent-ish prospect for what amounts to basically more John Baker is confusing at best.

Yet while that’s annoying… can I really say I’m that torn up about it? I cannot. Especially not with Hyun-jin Ryu and Matt Harvey on the mound tonight, and a team that can really seem to do no wrong on the field right now.

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