Red Sox @ Dodgers August 23, 2013: A Ten Game Lead

August 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Chase Utley just had a walkoff walk against Arizona (shrimp!) and so the Dodgers enter tonight’s game against Boston up by ten full games in the NL West.

That’s really what matters, isn’t it? I’ve been hearing nonstop from people over the last week or two that the Dodgers should have shifted around their rotation so that either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke would have faced the Red Sox, who instead get Ricky Nolasco tonight, Hyun-jin Ryu tomorrow, and Chris Capuano on Sunday.

Red Sox
Dodgers
CF
Ellsbury
LF
Crawford
RF
Victorino
RF
Puig
2B
Pedroia
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Ortiz
SS
Ramirez
C
Saltalamacchia
CF
Ethier
LF
Nava
3B
Uribe
SS
Drew
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Middlebrooks
C
Federowicz
P
Lackey
P
Nolasco

But why, really? This is an August game against an interleague opponent, not a World Series matchup. While it’s obviously getting a lot more attention for all of the reasons you’d expect, it’s not particularly more important otherwise. If the argument is to simply get the starters an extra day of rest, that’s understandable, but with Stephen Fife not currently an option to step in, I’m not even sure who the sixth starter would be right now unless you’re dipping back to Matt Magill or pushing Zach Lee up to the bigs.

I want to see the Dodgers beat Boston, and so do you — and so especially does Carl Crawford — but for all the attention here, these are really just August games against a ream that doesn’t factor into the playoff picture for the Dodgers. With a ten game lead, the focus should be on preparing for October… and hopefully facing the Red Sox or whatever American League team manages to get to the World Series then.

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