Rockies @ Dodgers Sept. 29, 2013: The Last Warm-Up Game

September 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that we thought for sure that this game would be a meaningless cap on a long season, as two teams who’d long ago given up playoff hopes went through the motions before heading off for the winter.

Well, this game is for all intents and purposes meaningless, but not in the way that we would have expected. The Dodgers long ago wrapped up the NL West, and they are guaranteed to start the NLDS on the road, with the identity of their opponent — either Atlanta or St. Louis — out of their hands. (At the moment, the Braves are beating the Phillies, but also need the Cardinals to fall to the Cubs to avoid the Dodgers.)

Rockies
Dodgers
CF
Blackmon
RF
Puig
2B
Rutledge
LF
Crawford
1B
Helton
SS
Young
SS
Tulowitzki
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Cuddyer
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Arenado
3B
Uribe
LF
Culberson
C
A.Ellis
C
Pacheco
CF
Schumaker
P
Francis
P
Ryu

The goal here is to merely get through the day without suffering any further injury, and that’s really it. (The Rockies, as always, are totally irrelevant, other than to note that this is the final game of Todd Helton‘s long career.)

While Don Mattingly is rolling out a pretty normal lineup today — the team doesn’t play until Thursday, of course, so it’s not like rest is going to be an issue — the clear exception here is that Michael Young is starting at shortstop for the first time this year and just the fifth time since moving off the position following 2008.

That should be fun, even though it’s clearly just because Hanley Ramirez doesn’t play every day and Nick Punto has an ingrown toenail and Dee Gordon is pretty useless. Not as fun as Henderson Alvarez throwing a no-hitter that ended on a bases loaded wild pitch, of course, but fun nonetheless. And then? Then, we finally get back to games that count. I can’t wait.

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