Marlins @ Dodgers May 12, 2014: I Am Sad About Jose Fernandez

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Let’s just get this right out of the way up front: If you’re a Dodger fan, and you’re celebrating that Jose Fernandez has (likely) destroyed his elbow, because now he probably won’t pitch against the Dodgers on Wednesday, you can just show yourself right out. Obviously, the ongoing inability of baseball to keep pitchers healthy is a problem that affects everyone, and specifically, Fernandez is one of the very few pitchers that can really stick in the argument with Clayton Kershaw for “best pitcher in baseball.” Like with Matt Harvey and the Mets, you don’t have to be a fan of the team in question to feel the pain over this. It’s bad for baseball. I’m a Dodger fan, obviously, and yet I still wish badly that he was going to be on the mound against my favorite team.

Marlins
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
LF
Yelich
2B
Gordon
2B
Dietrich
RF
Puig
RF
Stanton
SS
Ramirez
3B
McGehee
1B
Gonzalez
C
Saltalamacchia
CF
Kemp
1B
Jones
LF
Ethier
CF
Ozuna
3B
Turner
SS
Hechavarria
C
Butera
P
Koehler (R)
P
Haren (R)

I guess that’s a problem for later, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Marlins — who, by the way, have as many wins as the Dodgers do — react to this clearly devastating news when they take the field behind Tom Koehler tonight. (Of course, of those 20 wins, 17 have come in Miami. The Marlins are 3-15 on the road. Yikes.)

For a brief period today, Dodger fans seemed excited that Alex Guerrero might be on his way up, given that he didn’t play for Albuquerque yesterday and Juan Uribe‘s status was uncertain, but that never really made sense and it’s not much of a consideration now. Guerrero sat yesterday because of some sort of hand issue, and he’s back in the lineup tonight along with Carlos Triunfel and Miguel Rojas in the infield. Uribe should be available tonight off the bench, if needed; Justin Turner starts at third.

Once again, Carl Crawford sits, and it’s pretty obvious that he and Andre Ethier are in some sort of bizarro platoon. Not that it’s mattered much — the Dodger outfield, combined, has the No. 4 wRC+ in baseball. Don’t ask about the defense. It may not be pretty, but it’s productive, and it’s why calls for Joc Pederson are still a bit premature. Dan Haren and his potential strikeout issue will be on the hill.

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.


1181 comments
Uncultured Bastard
Uncultured Bastard

I see the 10 walks as a huge step.  Moar patience is a very good thing

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

errr... 10 hits, 10 walks, and only 6 runs?

Aye

KMT59
KMT59

And there goes my coverage of the game...would love to have a few post game interviews this year TWC

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Strange but I'd rather see League than Wilson in the 8th. There, I said it.

joelydanger
joelydanger

Golly, Puig's 3-run home run sure came in handy.

 tomato
tomato

Santa Ana winds blowing hot from the north

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Thank the baseball gods. Or Jansen, either way.

KMT59
KMT59

And the winning streak starts

KMT59
KMT59

Good 1-2-3 inning Kenley!!!!

InsideThePark (Fulton County)
InsideThePark (Fulton County)

so next time even if Kenley hasnt pitched in 4 days, GOOD. because there's more days he's asked to go back to back than a long rest.

KMT59
KMT59

damn that was close

 tomato
tomato

c'mon future person, no whammies

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

I mean, this game was arguably the most satisfying disatisfying game this season

 tomato
tomato

@BlueMarvin then league will struggle and wilson will pitch well in mop up ....these are the rules

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Of all the unsatisfying games, this one was indeed the most satisfying.