beckett_2014-05-20

Dodgers 9, Mets 4: RIP Dodger Infield

beckett_2014-05-20For five innings, Josh Beckett was making it work. Oh, sure, Curtis Granderson scored in the second after a leadoff double and a few “productive outs,” and the fifth inning was frightening when Beckett loaded the bases with one out — he got Daniel Murphy to strike out and David Wright to ground out — but after five innings, he’d allowed only one run. He even did his best to even that in the ledger, driving in Carl Crawford with a single in the second. The Dodgers offense, meanwhile, had battered Mets rookie Rafael Montero, knocking him out after 4.1 innings with an Adrian Gonzalez homer and a Carl Crawford RBI single in the fifth. After Jeurys Familia came on to allow Juan Uribe to knock in Crawford, it was 5-1. All seemed well.

Unfortunately, baseball games don’t end after five innings. (I mean that not only because of what’s to come, but because of how long all of these games take. Yes, I know Beckett is among the slowest pitchers in the majors, and that’s part of it, but this game also was over four hours long. According to the SNY broadcast, it was about 90 seconds short of being the longest nine-inning game in Mets history.) In the sixth, the wheels completely fell off. Beckett allowed a leadoff no-doubter to Granderson, then a long double to Chris Young, then a last to Lucas Duda, then a walk to Wilmer Flores, because Don Mattingly mercifully lifted him.

Josh, what was wrong with those pitches you threw?

Ah, yes. That’d do it. And I’m going to kind of blow past the rest of the game — Brian Wilson looked okay, but not great, Terry Collins made a billion switches just to get the matchup he wanted against Scott Van Slyke, Crawford made a nice slide in the ninth to put the seventh run on the board, Dee Gordon made a silly baserunning mistake, and Kenley Jansen (pitching for the first time in over a week) easily closed out the Mets despite the five-run lead — to get to what you all want to discuss:

THE INFIELD IS DEAD.

Well, not really. But barely 24 hours after I wondered how Alex Guerrero would fit into the roster, and barely six hours after Ned Colletti said he was open to exploring other positions for Guerrero, we’re suddenly looking at an infield that isn’t overstuffed, but understaffed. Uribe doubled in the ninth, but clearly slowed coming into second, looking for all the world like he’d aggravated the hamstring that bothered him earlier this month. He was immediately replaced by Justin Turner.

And Guerrero? In the aftermath of the fight with Miguel Olivo, there’s a report out there saying that Guerrero could miss five weeks. I would caution that this isn’t confirmed yet, and so we can’t say with certainty that it’s true. But that there’s even a suggestion of it out there is bad news, obviously. If Uribe’s injury is severe enough to send him to the DL this time, and if Gordon’s May slide continues… well, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, yet. It’s just incredible how quickly things can change. And as I said the other day, these things always, always work themselves out. Just didn’t expect it like this.


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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.


290 comments
Diego19
Diego19

Do you guys agree considering his production Puig should be hitting 2nd??

Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy

Has anyone done a lip-reading analysis on Beckett's entire tirade, starting on the mound?  Might be worth its own post.  I'm really bad at this... all I was able to decipher was "F$%^#kin Horsesh!#t out on the mound.   

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

the depth on this team is killing me.  SF meanwhile, loses Scutaro, puts in Crawford.  Hicks is a good replacement too.  hate to say it, but jealous. 

Diego19
Diego19

Hi mike no confirmed reports on Guerrero?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

well thank god we didn't put Urbie on the DL, right? amirite?

sigh. i am rite. 

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Olivio's career is over; it's one thing to fight with a teammate, it's another to try to bite his ear off in a fight.

I doubt an MLB team would want a guy like that.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

So... I assume Olivo gets DFA'd for this? Would Would they go get another catcher for the 40 or use that spot for another non-dead infielder?

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

I lied. Urias #notascout scouting report goes up tomorrow morning.

Diego19
Diego19

I think it should be 3

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Diego19  not yet. But it's not even 11am here. No one's at the park to get reports yet.

Diego19
Diego19

5 weeks for a bit ear seems too long

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

@Diego19  this is not based on actual data, but I have the impression Hanley is more likely to hit into a DP lately than Puig.  If you assume Gonzales bats 4th and Dee 1st, then you want Puig at 2nd.   

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

@Mike Petriello @GinFizzBear  it's not free in the SF press box, either.  i was in there once, and Mike Krukow walked in.  I wanted to throw mashed potatoes at him, but I figured I would probably be kicked out, so I refrained. 

Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy

@GinFizzBear @Arch Enemy  Oh ya, that's definitely what he's saying in the post above.  I kept reversing the roku trying to see why he seemed so upset at AJ.  

Diego19
Diego19

I know he plays in Alb but he has 2 four hit games last weekend alone and is hitting homers on the road

Diego19
Diego19

If Guerrero is okay he must be close to getting promoted right? He has been playing very well lately!

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Diego19  I agree. The only thing I can think of -- and total #notadoctor here -- is that maybe some medication he has to take means he can't participate in physical activity, like when Jansen was otherwise healthy but on blood thinners.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Vin_Skully  Also Uribe complicates everything now. I suppose you could just DL him to activate Ryu for today only (I assume they couldn't get a player to NYC in time for today's game) and live with 13 pitches for today, then have Triunfel or whomever here tomorrow, dumping the player (Withrow, etc) you'd originally intended to lose for Ryu.


But most likely Uribe sits for 11 days and is DL'd in June.

Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy

@Diego19  "Colletti said Guerrero is close to Major League ready, though the team wants him to continue to improve defensively."  That might mean something.  Or be complete lip service.

- Casey -
- Casey -

@Mike Petriello @Vin_Skully  Does Arrruebarrrennaaaa have any legitimate shot of getting a call-up or is Triunfiel the only INF option?

Could they add Miguel Rojas to the 40 man to become Justin Sellers 2.0?