Giants @ Dodgers September 15, 2013: Well, That’s a Lineup

September 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150“So the Dodgers got lit up by the Giants last night and Carl Crawford has a stiff back and Andre Ethier was in a walking boot and Yasiel Puig may be a little banged up and neither Stephen Fife nor Onelki Garcia look like they are big league pitchers right now, but at least Edinson Volquez and Dee Gordon and Chili Buss are starting today,” said no one ever.

That’s all accurate, unfortunately, and it’s also a fact that the Dodgers have dropped seven of their last ten games. It’s not time to panic, of course, because there’s almost literally no way that the Dodgers don’t win the NL West, and likely by a healthy margin. If there’s concern about that, there shouldn’t be. They’re going to the playoffs, and when they get there, we won’t care at all about guys like Fife or Garcia or Volquez or Buss or Peter Moylan, because they almost certainly won’t be on the roster, and you might be able to say the same about Gordon or Brandon League or Carlos Marmol, too.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
SS
Gordon
2B
Scutaro
2B
M.Ellis
1B
Belt
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Pence
3B
Uribe
3B
Sandoval
CF
Schumaker
C
Sanchez
LF
Hairston
SS
Crawford
C
A.Ellis
LF
Perez
RF
Buss
P
Vogelsong
P
Volquez

Still, there’s room for concern here, and that goes beyond today’s so-awesome-it-hurts lineup that really has an outfield of Jerry Hairston, Skip Schumaker, and Buss. (Which, to be fair, I can’t even really argue that much with, because all of the main outfielders really are hurting right now, and while I certainly wouldn’t have used Gordon at leadoff, are we really crying for Schumaker there? No, right?)

I’m fine, again, with the team spending the middle few weeks of September screwing around in the absence of a playoff race and getting their main cogs healthy. There’s still more than two full weeks until the first game of the NLDS begins, and the beauty of having played lights out for so many months is that you get this time to get yourself right and not worry about the games at hand. (Though that won’t stop far too many from whining that Don Mattingly “doesn’t want to win,” or some such garbage.) For those who worried that the team might have peaked too early, well, here’s the slump you wanted.

That said, there’s a limit, and by the time we get to the final week of the season, I think it would do us all some good to see the team running on something a little closer to all cylinders — and perhaps even with Matt Kemp, who might be activated as soon as tomorrow. If we’re not seeing a better product by then, then yeah, I’ll worry. For now? Just get healthy, and nothing more.

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