Dodgers @ Phillies August 18, 2013: The House Money Lineup

August 18, 2013 at 11:34 am | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

citizensbankparkWhen you’ve won 10 in a row, and 42 of 50 (!), and the first two games of a three-game series against an awful team, and you have to head to Miami after this and don’t have a day off until a week from Thursday, well, you can certainly be forgiven for treating a getaway day in Philadelphia as a day off.

That’s basically what Don Mattingly is doing, because you won’t see Carl Crawford or Adrian Gonzalez or A.J. Ellis or Juan Uribe today, and while that’s maybe a bummer for Ricky Nolasco or any Dodger fans who happen to be attending the game, it makes all the sense in the world right now. After all, they have an 8.5 game lead in the division, and if there’s any time to get guys a rest, today is it. At this point, going merely 28-12 to get to 100 wins (which is more fun than anything, because it’s just a nice round number that doesn’t otherwise matter) would almost count as a disappointment, so they have some days to play with here.

Dodgers
Phillies
2B
M.Ellis
SS
Martinez
3B
Punto
1B
Frandsen
SS
Ramirez
2B
Utley
RF
Puig
LF
Brown
CF
Ethier
RF
Ruf
LF
Van Slyke
3B
Asche
1B
Hairston
CF
Wells
C
Federowicz
C
Ruiz
P
Nolasco
P
Hamels

If anything, I’m somewhat surprised that Jerry Hairston is playing first base with Scott Van Slyke out in left rather than vice-versa, but I suppose it’s not something that really matters all that much either way.

Still, if the Dodgers struggle today against Cole Hamels — and please don’t be fooled by that 5-13 record, because he’s still been good this year and has a 47/8 K/BB in his last eight starts — I can’t wait to hear complaints from fans that Mattingly “threw this one away”. You’d think that going on a run that hasn’t been matched in decades would be enough to get some leeway, but then you probably don’t get the same Tweets I do.

The Phillies aren’t exactly throwing out what passes for their A-game lineup either, not with Michael Martinez at shortstop and Kevin Frandsen at first base atop the lineup. No news yet on Brian Wilson, by the way, though there’s still two hours until game time. If he doesn’t get activated before the first pitch, perhaps whomever he’s replacing will be getting on a different plane out of Philadelphia this afternoon.

Today’s game will be on Prime Ticket, but is also a TBS national broadcast, for those in the appropriate viewing areas.

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