April 26, 2014 Rockies @ Dodgers: In Appreciation Of Juan Uribe

dodger_stadium_openingday2013After 24 consecutive games starting at third base for the Dodgers — 27 if you include the end of last season, and 37 if you include the 2013 playoffs — Juan Uribe takes a seat tonight against Juan Nicasio and the Rockies. The last Dodger to start at third base other than Uribe was Jerry Hairston on Sept. 25, in what ended up being the final appearance of his career. (He went 0-3 and was hit for in the ninth by Dee Gordon.) Justin Turner steps in for him, making his first hot corner start as a Dodger and the 51st of his career.

Rockies
Dodgers
6:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
RF
Barnes
2B
Gordon
3B
Arenado
RF
Puig
LF
Gonzalez
SS
Ramirez
SS
Tulowitzki
1B
Gonzalez
C
Rosario
CF
Kemp
1B
Morneau
LF
Ethier
CF
Stubbs
3B
Turner
2B
LeMahieu
C
Butera
P
Nicasio (R)
P
Maholm (L)

If you were around in 2011, when Uribe was atrocious, or especially 2012, when Uribe was also atrocious but then hilariously treated as though he had the plague for the final two months of the season, you know that this never, ever stops being shocking. Uribe isn’t just valuable, he’s indispensable. He’s a spectacular fielder. He’s backing up his 2013 resurgence with a solid April at the plate. Considering the outfield overflow and how smoothly the rotation has handled the absence of Clayton Kershaw, I’m not sure it’s that crazy to say that only Hanley Ramirez is more irreplaceable on this roster than Uribe is.

Think on that for a second. Juan Uribe, valuable, important part to a championship-caliber team. The world’s a twisted place.

Turner and friends — but not Carl Crawford, who takes a seat tonight as Matt Kemp gets back in there — back up Paul Maholm, who is attempting to prove he’s not actually the worst starting pitcher in the big leagues in what may be his last opportunity to do so. I’m being facetious there, somewhat, because Maholm has spent most of the last decade giving 180 or so league-averageish innings. There’s value in that, and it’s hard to believe that he’s suddenly turned into, well, this. It’s also hard to look at his stat line and see a 3.06 K/9 in a world where four guys probably struck out while I was writing that sentence. There’s just no way that can continue.

It won’t, of course, because Kershaw is going to come back some time soon. Eric Stephen reports that there’s some amount of disagreement between Kershaw and the medical staff about whether another rehab start is in order, and that’s not in the least bit surprising. Of course Kershaw wants to come back immediately. My guess is that after throwing 56 pitches last night, they’ll want to at least have him get into the 70s or so in one more start, but we’ll see who wins out there. Perhaps another awful Maholm outing tonight helps make the decision for them.

Thurs 9/11Fri 9/12Sat 9/13Sun 9/14Mon 9/15Tues 9/16Wed 9/17
RP. Baez-15
RK. Correia-3857
LD. Coulombe1216
LS. Elbert-11413
RC. Frias-5538 (s)
RY. Garcia-16101211
LJ.P. Howell-
RK. Jansen-13
RB. League-723
RC. Perez-1791425
LP. Rodriguez-4
RB. Wilson-13
RJ. Wright-1610

About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


1127 comments
kdukart
kdukart

I'm in left field bleachers. It's balmy. Not sure what Mike is talking about. Maybe the pig belly bacon hotdog I just had is keeping me warm.

I'll be here all day ladies and gentlemen.

Uncultured Bastard
Uncultured Bastard

Couple people refered to hanley and 'glass' tonight. Dude has been a pinata over the last year+.  And he tries to play anyway

Lobo
Lobo

In happy news, Adrian is hitting like a motherfucking god right now.  168 wRC+ and his highest walk rate since 2011

Lobo
Lobo

Little closer than I would have liked but I'll take it

Technogit
Technogit

Excruciating game, as usual. I'm exhausted. G'night, all.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

Can't wait to get back the best pitcher in baseball and a catcher who can hit

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

Kenley still able to do stuff, unlike rest of Dodger bullpen

KMT59
KMT59

Nice Job Kenley!!!!

Lobo
Lobo

@Noel D Except everyone's happy when the pinata breaks

speeDEE
speeDEE

I think Adrian's back.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Lobo Yeah, closer than it appears from the final score.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@Technogit  It wasn't that bad. I felt confident pretty much the whole game. Would have felt better had the umpires counted the dee runs the two times they should have

speeDEE
speeDEE

He certainly seems to get injured a lot.

KMT59
KMT59

@ThtsaPaddlin @KMT59  acknowledging this screaming line drive catch off of CC's bat on 3/30/14 game in SD