ryu_2014-06-27-2

Ryu gets the nod in Game 2, along with Gordon and Baxter

The Dodgers are changing things up in the second game of the season in Australia, inserting two new players into the lineup and switching up the batting order. Scott Van Slyke is sitting for Mike Baxter and Justin Turner is being replaced by Dee Gordon, but perhaps the most interesting move is the decision to bat Gordon leadoff.

The changes are understandable with a switch in handedness of the opposing starting pitcher (though SVS had a reverse platoon split last year), and I think it’s actually a positive sign for the future if this indicates a new willingness to platoon going forward. Here’s hoping Don Mattingly doesn’t give up on it if a few tries are unsuccessful … and that he doesn’t view players like Baxter as a legit platoon option going forward.

Meanwhile, starter Hyun Jin Ryu has high expectations for his 2014.

“Our one and two starters are so strong, but after Zack Greinke was hurt, I started thinking I might pitch,” said Ryu, who gets the ball for the Dodgers on Sunday against the D-backs. “I had a really good spring, and I feel really good. I have high expectations.”

Diamondbacks
Dodgers 
7:00pm PT
Sydney, Australia
CF
Pollock
2B
Gordon
2B
Hill
RF
Puig
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
LF
Prado
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Trumbo
CF
Ethier
RF
Montero
C
Ellis
C
Parra
LF
Baxter
2B
Gregorius
3B
Uribe
P
Cahill
P
Ryu

In injury news, Chad Billingsley continues to progress in rehab.

Billingsley said he expects to throw a few more BP sessions against hitters, and he remains on track to make the first of at least five rehab appearances in the Minor Leagues starting on April 6. The right-hander estimates that he has already thrown close to 20 bullpen sessions this year.

“My arm felt good, so that’s definitely good, especially being the first time going full bore with the heater and the first time throwing a hard curveball and changeups,” Billingsley said. “I was a little rusty, but I was very pleased with the curveball. The timing was a little off, but I threw some good pitches, and overall, I’m pretty pleased with it.”

And no, Matt Kemp is apparently not banned from getting hits in minor league games.

Kemp finished 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in a Triple-A game against the a White Sox.

“I’m getting my work in and getting ready for the season,” Kemp said. “I felt pretty good. Today was a good day.”

Have a feeling the Dodgers are really going to need him in 2014, for better or worse.

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-Carl Crawford‘s fiance gave birth to a baby boy. No complications and he should be ready to go when the Dodgers get back. Congrats to him.



1575 comments
Lobo
Lobo

Good night everybody

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

the narratives will no longer be the Dodgers crushing the dbacks, b "questions about the bullpen"

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Oh, good -- I'm way behind. YAY FUTURE PEOPLE

BIG NASTY REDHEAD

wilhud
wilhud

Aussies behind home plate just had their lives flash before their eyes lol

KMT59
KMT59

Good start to the season!!!

Have a nice flight home D-bags

Night All

Lobo
Lobo

Oh, I see now.  Kenley just wants to strike out Parra to end the game

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

where's league...get him in here to close this thing out.

Carver
Carver

It's ok Kenley just bear down on this batter.


wilhud
wilhud

Jansen trolling the D'Backs

wilhud
wilhud

Mattingly being Mattingly

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

Would have liked to see Rosin up five. 

Carver
Carver

Vasgersian just called Mattingly drunk


Sad Towel
Sad Towel

uhhhhhh really over thinking this one Don

TheConman
TheConman

@The Humpty Dance

That rule states the official scorer shall credit a pitcher with a save when such pitcher meets all four of the following conditions:[9]

  1. He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his team;
  2. He is not the winning pitcher;
  3. He is credited with at least ⅓ of an inning pitched; and
  4. He satisfies one of the following conditions:
    1. He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning
    2. He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on baseat bat or on deck
    3. He pitches for at least three innings.

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

@Barney G I'm Ok with this...here, now, keep it from becoming a 7-5 game...they have a plane to catch, just finish the game and get out of there. They won't need to Win any games for a week, so Jansen can get a tone of rest.