Red Sox @ Dodgers August 25, 2013: Sunday Night Baseball

August 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150On Sunday Night Baseball against the Red Sox, the Dodgers go with their inconsistent fifth starter and a… shall we say, “interesting” lineup.

Yasiel Puig gets bumped from second down to fifth, hitting lower than cleanup for the first time in his career (not including the four games where he didn’t start but entered later). Despite getting on three times yesterday, we all know that Puig has been struggling badly lately, so I don’t terribly mind that. Or at least I wouldn’t, if it didn’t mean that Nick Punto was hitting second, and as much as I respect what Punto did over the first six weeks, the fact is that he’s hitting .212/.280/.288 over the last three months, which isn’t exactly the type of player I want getting the second-most plate appearances tonight — though he has been better in August. I know, batting order doesn’t matter. It doesn’t. We can still be annoyed by it.

Red Sox
Dodgers
CF
Ellsbury
LF
Crawford
RF
Victorino
2B
Punto
2B
Pedroia
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Napoli
SS
Ramirez
LF
Gomes
RF
Puig
C
Saltalamacchia
CF
Schumaker
3B
Middlebrooks
C
A.Ellis
SS
Bogaerts
3B
Uribe
P
Peavy
P
Capuano

You’ll also notice that Skip Schumaker is playing center field tonight, just his third start there since the “new” Dodgers came to life on June 22, and I’m guessing that Andre Ethier is getting a rare benching against a righty because he has just five hits, all singles, in 33 plate appearances against Jake Peavy. The only problem with that is that 27 of those 33 appearances came back in 2007-08 (and none since 2009), which is A) so long ago to be basically meaningless and B) data that came against the Peavy who was 26 and winning Cy Young Awards, not 32 and carrying a 4.05 FIP.

Finally, A.J. Ellis starts in place of Tim Federowicz, which is unusual in that Chris Capuano always throws to Federowicz. Of course, it’s not like having Federowicz back there has really helped Capuano not be awful lately, so it barely seems to matter, and Federowicz did start for Ricky Nolasco already.

For the Red Sox, keep an eye on 20-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who makes his first start of the series tonight. He collected his first big-league hit last night, and is considered a top-five prospect by just about every reputable prospect source.

The Dodgers are back up to a ten game lead in the division thanks to Philadelphia’s victory over Arizona today, and after the upcoming series with the Cubs, we’ll be seeing a whole lot of the division: other than a short trip to Cincinnati in two weeks, the remainder of the schedule is within the NL West.

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