D’Backs @ Dodgers September 9, 2013: A Game That Sort of Matters, Kind Of

September 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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As we wait for news that the Dodgers have officially signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero — the latest, via Jesse Sanchez, is that they are “closing in” on a $32m deal that would be between five and seven years — they kick off a series at home tonight that suddenly looks a lot more interesting than it did just a few days ago.

That’s not because I really believe that Arizona has a chance of overtaking the Dodgers in the NL West, not with an 11 game lead with 20 games to go, but because the Diamondbacks probably do believe that they do. Not that Arizona has been playing particularly well themselves, having lost 7 of 11, but as the teams prepare to play seven games between tonight and next Wednesday, the Diamondbacks know that if they run the table, they can at least make it interesting.

D’Backs
Dodgers
CF
Eaton
RF
Puig
2B
Hill
LF
Crawford
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
3B
Chavez
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Prado
CF
Ethier
C
Montero
3B
Uribe
RF
Parra
2B
M.Ellis
SS
Gregorius
C
Federowicz
P
Delgado
P
Nolasco

That means that they have something to play for, and since the Dodgers didn’t do so well against another team that could say that in Cincinnati, it gives Don Mattingly‘s club an opportunity to play some spirited baseball as they attempt to turn around their recent skid. Besides, you might remember the last time the Diamondbacks were in Dodger Stadium as being the series where Zack Greinke & Ian Kennedy (now with San Diego) played beanball, culminating in the brawl that supposedly “saved the Dodger season,” goes the narrative, except for the pesky fact that they proceeded to drop six of eight immediately afterwards.

If the Diamondbacks have anything going for them here, it’s that they avoid both Greinke & Clayton Kershaw this time around, instead facing Ricky Nolasco tonight, Edinson Volquez tomorrow, and Hyun-jin Ryu on Wednesday. Nolasco has pitched like an ace for the Dodgers, of course, but I’m sure I’m not alone when I suggest that can’t last forever. Keep an eye out on Arizona center fielder Adam Eaton, who — after missing most of the season with an elbow injury and then struggling upon his return in July — has hit .300/.364/.458 since August 1.

Tonight’s game is a sellout, but not because anyone cares about baseball: it’s Hello Kitty bobblehead night.

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