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Dodgers @ Twins May 1, 2014: Game One

target-fieldAre you ready for absurd amounts of baseball in cold, cold Minnesota? No? Too bad! It’s happening anyway. As expected, Red Patterson was added to the roster and will start the second game this afternoon, while Nick Buss was DFA’d. But we’ll get to that later, because first there’s a Game 1… probably.

I say that because if you thought last night was fun, with every player bundled up for an Arctic adventure and Yasiel Puig looking like he was about to invade Russia, well, know that the temperature right now in Minnesota is a balmy 38 degrees, with a 60 percent chance of rain. Oh, and with the wind chill, it feels like 30. Baseball, I guess?

Dodgers
Twins
10:10 am PT
Minneapolis, MN
2B
Gordon
2B
Dozier
RF
Puig
1B
Mauer
SS
Ramirez
3B
Plouffe
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Kubel
DH
Kemp
DH
Pinto
CF
Ethier
C
Suzuki
3B
Uribe
RF
Fuld
C
Olivo
CF
Hicks
LF
Crawford
SS
Escobar

That’s what Dan Haren gets to deal with against Mike Pelfrey, and the lineup behind him is almost exactly the same as Zack Greinke had last night. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have swapped DH and CF, and Miguel Olivo makes his Dodger debut behind the plate, but otherwise it’s the same.

I presume that when the Twins throw out lefty Kris Johnson in the second game — like the Dodgers, they’ve called up a minor leaguer with their 26th man to start — we’ll see Scott Van Slyke at the very least, replacing either Ethier or Carl Crawford, and potentially Justin Turner as well. Thanks to the short bench — they had 13 pitchers even before Patterson — and the DH, Van Slyke and Turner are the only two bench players the Dodgers even have today, not counting Tim Federowicz as the backup catcher.

Crawford, it should be noted, is batting behind Olivo. I’m sure Don Mattingly would give you some line about “a second leadoff man” in the ninth spot, and maybe there’s even some validity to that. But, you know, it sure does say something about how well Crawford is playing right now too, doesn’t it?

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

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.


807 comments
LAD Flex
LAD Flex

Not familiar with how double header games are managed... what changes can we expect in the batting order in game two? Curious

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

Leaders: Bullpenis chart is updated for game 2 threat

JackedNate
JackedNate

How long should your wife be 30 for before you start interviewing mistresses?

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Pregrame at 3:30 AHT... late lunch time, see y'all then!

KMT59
KMT59

Next game in less than 3 hours

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Dre.... Living the dream, making the plays in CF.

KMT59
KMT59

GAME 1 in the Books....Now we go for the SWEEP!!!!

Break out the Brooms!!!!

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

If the dodgers win tonight and the giants lose. They are back in first place

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Perez is throwing strikes when he's not completely missing the plate.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

can we just play the twins and dbacks for the rest of the year?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

technically, a guy can come into the game in the 6th inning with a 12-run lead and still be credited with the save if he finishes the game, right?

efb
efb

CC's bound to get better right? 

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

I wonder what is CC's trade value even if you ate 90% of his contract.

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@a potato  since they both had negative WAR, he exceeded them before even playing

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Very, very little.

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Depends how much the chocolate in the center is selling for per ounce.