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Reds @ Dodgers May 28, 2014: Matt Kemp, Welcome Back

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Matt Kemp is back! In theory, anyway. I’m not sure I’ll actually believe it until we see him on the field, and even then I’m not so sure. But, according to the lineups, he’s in there, hitting sixth, starting for the first time since last week in New York. As you know by now, he hasn’t played left since 2006, when he was sharing a lineup with Kenny Lofton and Nomar Garciaparra and probably Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese or something, too. There was no Twitter, and relatively few people used Facebook. Julio Urias was nine years old. It was a really long time ago, is the joke here.

Reds
Dodgers
5:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
CF
Hamilton
2B
Gordon
3B
Frazier
CF
Ethier
2B
Phillips
RF
Puig
C
Mesoraco
SS
Ramirez
RF
Bruce
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Ludwick
LF
Kemp
1B
Pena
3B
Turner
SS
Cozart
C
Butera
P
Bailey (R)
P
Kershaw (L)

Really, I’m not that worried about Kemp playing left. He may need a small adjustment period, but he’ll be fine, and I sincerely doubt that we’ve seen the last of him in center for good, because when a lefty starts — the next one being Francisco Liriano on Friday — you imagine Scott Van Slyke is in left, Kemp is in center, and Andre Ethier is on the bench.

Or who knows, maybe Don Mattingly will just screw with us all and put Van Slyke in center with Jamie Romak in left. At this point, I’d put nothing past him, and I’m still not convinced this all ends well.

Anyway, we’ve exhausted far too much effort on all of this, so let’s focus on some good news: the team has won six of eight, they have Clayton Kershaw back on the hill, and after a run of outstanding starts from Josh Beckett, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Zack Greinke, the bullpen is particularly well-rested.

Fri 8/19Sat 8/20Sun 8/21Mon 8/22Tues 8/23Wed 8/24Thurs 8/25
RP. Báez22--26-13-
RJ. Blanton-1322-2022-
RJ. Chavez24--1610-32
LG. Dayton-20-17--32
LJ.P. Howell2219-20--16
RK. Jansen-016-1514-
LA. Liberatore1114--43-

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1031 comments
M-P
M-P moderator

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BehindOrangeLines
BehindOrangeLines

The bunt was stupid, but it was the potential difference between getting a third run or not.  This offense should put up 5 consistently.  Not all Don's fault tonight.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BehindOrangeLines don never has a say in baseball game

but when he repeatedly makes dumb moves like let Ethier face a lefty and bunt Dee Gordon from 2nd to 3rd and have Kenley keep pitching in 3-run leads, then yes. It probably will cost the Dodgers games.

DgrFanNCuban
DgrFanNCuban

@BehindOrangeLines Not sure about that statement, that assumes a top notch Hanley.  I don't think Hanley is going to play at that level.  All speculation, but once those contract rumors came up a few weeks back - his affect seems to have worsened, and his batting has bottomed out a bit more.  Dude seems distracted.

DgrFanNCuban
DgrFanNCuban

Dodgers win last three series, in spite of Donnie Baseball.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

can't be mad all the time, too tiring. good night. 

GhostridersRevenge
GhostridersRevenge

Somebody please tell us the Giants won't play .640 ball for the entire season

StephSmiles
StephSmiles

that damn kershaw.  should have thrown a shutout.. alleviated all of the bad vibes on Donnie

DgrFanNCuban
DgrFanNCuban

All long-time Dodgers blue negativity aside, they won the series.  They got to win the next one now.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

now LA is a good 5.5 back. at some point, the players suck. But the manager has to stop doing stupid shit that is hurting the baseball team

Johnnyswing
Johnnyswing

Even VN questioned that shift on the Air!

DgrFanNCuban
DgrFanNCuban

How long before A.J. Ellis taks Mattingly's job?  He is much more personable and seems to have a higher baseball I.Q.

insideThePark
insideThePark

justin turner has no chan.... TURN DOWN FOR WHAT

DgrFanNCuban
DgrFanNCuban

Couldn't ask for much more from Kemp there, dude has been sitting on pine for days.

StephSmiles
StephSmiles

Chapman is giving his catcher the biz

DgrFanNCuban
DgrFanNCuban

These long Dodgers games are killing my sleep...

Ghost of Dang88
Ghost of Dang88

I mean how long can you throw 102 without tj knocking on your door

insideThePark
insideThePark

if the pitcher is throwing 100+, are you just guess swinging?

DgrFanNCuban
DgrFanNCuban

He should be an asshole and lay down a bunt.