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.

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RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

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976 comments
Purple Drank
Purple Drank

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

Aye

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

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

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

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

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.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Thank the baseball gods. Or Jansen, either way.

insideThePark
insideThePark

thank you for waiting until the game is over to put that up.

insideThePark
insideThePark

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.

StephSmiles
StephSmiles

Jack Bauer time. I trust Kenley that he has this one.

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

that kid look like logan morrison

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So that guy responded after I asked why no one bothers to point out WIl Meyers antics which have on occasion been much more blatant than Puig 

"The difference between Wil Meyer and Puig is that Wil Meyers is in Tampa Bay, and nobody cares. Every step Puig makes has been chronicled by the press from the day he came up for reasons that have nothing to do with race and everything to do with him being in the second largest media market in the country.

If Puig wants to stroll around the bases, or admire his home runs, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it.’m saying that if it’s okay for hitters to do stuff that’s traditionally been considered showing up pitchers, then I don’t see why the pitcher can’t respond."

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@EephusBlue What gripes me about MadBum's response is that HE WASN'T EVEN LOOKING AT PUIG -- he was watching the trajectory of the ball (maybe even admiring the HR?) (neener neener). So he had no idea whether PUIG flipped his bat and/or pimped his HR or hit the HR the right way.