D’Backs @ Dodgers Sept 10, 2013: Edinson Volquez & the Chamber of Secrets

September 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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There’s probably not ever a good time to start Edinson Volquez, but if there is, this is likey as close as we’re going to get. Last night’s Uribefest pushed the Dodgers to a 12 game lead over Arizona, now only one game over .500, and with Chris Capuano hurting and Stephen Fife in the bullpen, it’s hard to complain too much about it.

If anything, it brings a little bit of interest to the game, because who among us doesn’t want to see if Volquez is at least somewhat less than a train wreck now that he’s not in Coors Field? You know, other than everyone?

D’Backs
Dodgers
LF
Bloomquist
RF
Puig
CF
Eaton
LF
Crawford
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
2B
Prado
1B
Gonzalez
C
Montero
CF
Ethier
3B
Davidson
3B
Uribe
RF
Parra
C
A.Ellis
SS
Gregorius
2B
M.Ellis
P
Cahill
P
Volquez

Otherwise, Don Mattingly rolls out the usual lineup, and you’re absolutely right that Juan Uribe is playing third base ahead of Michael Young, because there’s really no defensible argument otherwise. (Young is also hitting .250/.286/.375 in 42 plate appearances against Trevor Cahill, mostly when they were AL West opponents in Texas & Oakland, so I’m sure that plays some part in it.)

Finally, in today’s edition of “as the Matt Kemp turns,” Eric Stephen reports that things are going a lot better for the injured center fielder, who hit four homers in ten simulated plate appearances today:

“I think everybody is pretty positive that he is on a pretty good track, as far as what he’s been able to do,” Mattingly said. “He’s been tested without being able to run.”

You know as well as I do that any medical opinion from Dr. Mattingly, M.D. isn’t exactly concrete, but it certainly seems that there’s a non-zero chance that we might get to see him before the season ends, and that’s good enough for me at this point.

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