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Phillies @ Dodgers April 21, 2014: Welcome Back, Dominguez

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Tonight, the Dodgers begin a four game series against the Phillies, and they didn’t wait for the game to start to start making news. Jose Dominguez was called up to give assistance to a weary relief staff. In a corresponding move, Chone Figgins was optioned to Albuquerque. Eric Stephen notes that Figgins had two options left but had to approve being sent to the minors. This type of approval is relatively rare for veterans on the 40-man roster, so I suppose that he’s happy in the Dodgers organization thus far.

The move brings the bullpen up to eight pitchers, which usually isn’t great. Even so, the Dodgers weren’t really using Figgins, who has nine plate appearance and has only played two thirds of an inning on defense. The Dodgers are in the middle of a stretch where they play 29 games in 30 days, so the bullpen could use the extra help. Dominguez will probably swapped with Paco Rodriguez (who can’t be called up until the 25th unless somebody gets injured) later in this stretch.

I didn’t think we’d need to talk about Miguel Olivo again until his opt-out date, but he’s currently hitting well in Albuquerque, which prompted this tweet:

It’s true that the Dodgers catchers have been really bad. But there’s issues with this beyond the number of hits being wrong. We should all know the danger of citing raw Albuquerque statistics by now, and even after adjusting for environment Olivo is putting up ridiculously unsustainable numbers. He currently has a .533 BABIP and a 50% HR/FB rate, both of which are crazy even for the PCL. Even if Olivo stays in Albuquerque, those numbers will regress in a big way.

Phillies
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
CF
Gwynn
RF
Puig
SS
Rollins
2B
Turner
2B
Utley
SS
Ramirez
C
Ruiz
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Howard
CF
Kemp
RF
Mayberry
LF
Van Slyke
LF
Brown
3B
Uribe
3B
Galvis
C
Federowicz
P
Lee (L)
P
Maholm (L)

The current catching tandem of Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera has been awful. But Olivo’s major league offense leaves a lot to be desired. He has a .241 OBP since the start of the 2012 season. He’s also a poor defender and pitch framer. Federowicz’ offense will regress (at least a little bit) in the positive direction with time. He is asolutely a better option than Olivo. Since Butera’s offense is so putrid, a case could probably be made that Olivo is on par with him (though I still would disagree with “better”), but the replacement isn’t worth it. Such a move would remove Butera from the organization, further thinning the catcher position, and would impact the catchers’ rapport with the pitching staff.

As the Dodgers start their series with the Phillies, it’s worth pointing out that they haven’t been as terrible as expected. Their success has been led mostly by Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Utley already has 1.5 fWAR (second in baseball behind Mike Trout, because of course) and is currently hitting .406/451/.672. Jimmy Rollins is also in the top ten in position player fWAR, but his offensive slash line is a more normal .292/.370/.492. Every position player on the Phillies not named Utley or Rollins has combined for a -1.2 fWAR.

Cliff Lee is pitching tonight for the Phillies and he’s had a really weird season so far. In his first start of the year, Lee allowed 8 runs in five innings while only striking out one batter. In last start, he threw a complete game and struck out 13 batters, but allowed 11 hits in the process. He has a big FIP-ERA gap, which will probably resolve itself into being the regular Cliff Lee once his BABIP drops below .432. Against Lee is Paul Maholm, who will be looking to improve upon his terrible 2.84 K/9. Despite the uneven pitching match-up, Fangraphs’ new pre-game odds feature thinks that this game is more or less a coin flip.

All signs remain positive for Clayton Kershaw. He plans to throw another bullpen session tomorrow, and if all goes well a rehab start will follow shortly thereafter.

Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2Fri 10/3Sat 10/4Sun 10/5Mon 10/6Tues 10/7
RP. Baez--12-26
LS. Elbert--9-11
RC. Frias---
LJ.P. Howell--109-8
RK. Jansen--20-
RB. League--212-21
RB. Wilson---9
RJ. Wright---

About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


730 comments
Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

Puig's played two games in row, so it's probably his turn to sit tomorrow.

Shroom
Shroom

Chone figgins vs. Burnett. 1.038 OPS in 15 ABs.

DAMN YOU NED

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

oh, he already got one... COOL!

Shroom
Shroom

Ethier has a .929 OPS vs. AJ Burnett over 7 ABs. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

at this point it is hard to hate the phillies. it sucks, but ..whatddaryagonnadoo. 

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! Lets DO this!

Technogit
Technogit

Well, when a pitcher puts in a performance like this one, you just have to shrug it off and move on. G'night, all.

KMT59
KMT59

Didn't the Philllies beat us like 16-1 last year..then we went on a tear

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

I wouldn't have minded giving Yimi Garcia a look over Dominguez honestly

KMT59
KMT59

@P_F_P  wasn't he pressing a little before that also

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@Technogit  our offense has only been convincing one out of our last 7 games...

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Barney G We'll have many more loses between now & October -- can't point to any one of them as being the difference maker.

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@Technogit  yeah, can't complain much about this matchup. I'd rather Cliff Lee beats Maholm 7-0 over him beating Greinke or Ryu 1-0 or 2-0.

KMT59
KMT59

@P_F_P  @KMT59  no the tear didn't start until 6/22 -6/27 then the spanking then we really started playing well

KMT59
KMT59

@P_F_P  @KMT59  thanks I got old-timers that's why I asked..what day was he hit?

KMT59
KMT59

@P_F_P  @KMT59  missed it...didn't even try to figure out the last words...my eyes are tired tonight

joelydanger
joelydanger

@KMT59 @joelydanger If that was the one that Schumaker pitched the 9th I was at that one. Sadly also when the Giants scored 19 :(