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Dodgers @ Nationals May 5, 2014: And Now Pedro Baez, I Guess

nationals_parkAnd today’s transaction is… *spins wheel*… Pedro Baez! Sure, why not. The Dodgers have literally been making a move almost every day for the last week, thanks to the Minnesota doubleheader and Hyun-jin Ryu‘s disabled list stint. This time around, it’s returning Sunday starter Stephen Fife to Triple-A in order to select righty reliever Pedro Baez from Double-A, for what is all but certainly a one-day stint to put Fife’s roster spot to better use before Clayton Kershaw gets activated tomorrow.

Dodgers
Nationals
4:05 pm PT
Washington, DC
2B
Gordon
CF
Span
LF
Crawford
3B
Rendon
SS
Ramirez
RF
Werth
1B
Gonzalez
1B
LaRoche
CF
Kemp
SS
Desmond
RF
Ethier
2B
Espinosa
3B
Uribe
LF
McLouth
C
Olivo
C
Leon
P
Greinke (R)
P
Zimmermann (R)

Baez, if you don’t know him, turned 26 in March, and has been in the Dodger system since 2007, though most of that time was as a third baseman who could neither hit or stay healthy. I was begging for him to be converted into a pitcher as far back as 2010, though it didn’t happen until last year. In 59 games on the mound for Single-A Rancho and Double-A Chattanooga, Baez has a 63/29 K/BB, which is fine. Really, unless it’s a blowout one way or another, I wouldn’t expect to see Baez; it’s him rather than Paco Rodriguez mostly because it’s a one-day thing, and Chattanooga is much closer to Washington than is Albuquerque.

In the meantime, Zack Greinke looks to extend his National League-record streak of 18 consecutive starts without allowing two or more earned runs. (I’ve seen multiple sources, including the Dodgers themselves, claim that it’s modern baseball record, though that appears to be mistaken; Roger Clemens in 1990-91 did so 21 times in a row. However, he did once give up four runs — two unearned — so Greinke’s record for consecutive starts without two or more runs is valid.) The Nationals team he faces kinda, sorta looks like the Nationals, just without Ryan Zimmerman, or Bryce Harper, or Wilson Ramos.

In Dodger news: Yasiel Puig, as expected, is not in the lineup after suffering headaches while riding the bike today, though let’s be honest and admit that there was no way he was playing anyway: Don Mattingly, I imagine, is thrilled at this point to have any excuse to bench any outfielder. Ryu was examined today and won’t need an MRI, which is good news. A.J. Ellis ran for the third straight day as he recovers from knee surgery, and could begin rehab games this week.

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1239 comments
Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

I think they just don't feel the pressure these days, and let's be honest. There really isn't that much pressure to win right now. They need to stay in the hunt, and they are basically doing that.

Guitar
Guitar

Welp, mah Tiiiiiiiiigers are the only team that doesn't have double digit losses. (stretches) Yeeeeaaahhhh...

Technogit
Technogit

I don't think I can bear watching the recap. G'night, folks.

joelydanger
joelydanger

@Barney G I think this is part of why they forced the game. I don't think the umps wanted to do a double header.

KLee811
KLee811

As a relatively new baseball fan, I have a question about this game. Why did we pull Greinke out after the long delay? He only pitched a few innings. I get that it was because of the delay, but what's the reasoning behind that? Would he have been too "cold"?

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@KLee811  Tightens up. Never a good idea to have a pitcher warm down and then pitch again.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@KLee811 You might notice a pitcher in the dugout between innings with his arm wrapped in towels... that's to keep his arm warm and the ligaments and muscles loose. Think of the pitcher's arm as like a whip. It needs to be loose and fluid so that he can use his body to fling it through the air. He doesn't just throw the ball, his whole arm becomes like a sling shot. That's how they get the velocity and movement on pitches without always shredding the inner workings of the arm.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

I think that there are still people at the game.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Moral of today: only all the nice things happen to the Giants

Technogit
Technogit

Not if the earth stops spinning.

Peaky Blinder
Peaky Blinder

@joelydanger @Purple Drank there's a luck factor to sports, baseball in paricular, we never seem to have it....our 42-8 run seemed like talent taking over, then when playoffs started we got hit with the bad luck

Powder Hound
Powder Hound

@Purple Drank you know they win the world series in even numbered years, its why they won it in 2002 you know!

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@joelydanger @Purple Drank why? The giants score runs by having their 280 pound long reliever sac bunt and force an error. LA can't even advance Matt Kemp from 2nd base on a leadoff double.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@Purple Drank  @joelydanger  The Dodgers just need to be patient and turn the tides. I actually think that we're in good shape. As they say about BABIP, given enough time, it evens out.

insideThePark
insideThePark

One inning, 5 runs. Then Kenley time.

"Just a small-town giiiirl..."

Technogit
Technogit

He doesn't look much like Joan.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Was the 2013 team worse at this same time last year? Or the same?

insideThePark
insideThePark

Waaaay worse. Peaked on Opening Day until June 22 happened.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Would any of you say we could see the Dodgers hit 2013 levels of suck?