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Dodgers @ Reds June 11, 2014: Snakes On a Puig

First things first: I’m so, so sorry for that headline. Probably not as much as I should be, but then again, Yasiel Puig doesn’t go to the zoo every day (I mean… probably. Right? If anyone would go to the zoo every day, doesn’t it seem like it’d be Puig?) and meet polar bears and gorillas (all while making fun of Juan Uribe, and just imagine how that’d feel if it were, say, Paul Maholm doing it instead… eesh) and snakes:

Wooo Im never see in me lífe #goodtime #goodday

Dodgers
Reds
4:10pm PT
Cincinnati, OH
2B
Gordon
CF
Hamilton
3B
Figgins
3B
Frazier
RF
Puig
1B
Votto
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Phillips
LF
Kemp
RF
Bruce
CF
Ethier
LF
Ludwick
SS
Rojas
C
Pena
C
Butera
SS
Cozart
P
Ryu (L)
P
Cueto (R)

Save that. Love it. Maybe it’s because we’re in our blue-colored bubble, but it really is incredible how the perception of Puig has quickly gone from “immature powder keg who will destroy the team” to “lovable youngster with a healthy attitude for life.” It’s amazing how hitting a few cutoff men and hitting .335/.429/.585 will change what people think of you, I guess.

Not to be lost, I suppose, in the rush to judge how terrible this team is would be the fact that they’ve actually won four of five and have gained a game on the Giants in each of the last two days. It won’t be easy tonight, however; not only did the Reds get Joey Votto back last night, they have Johnny Cueto on the mound tonight, merely having the best season of his career.

But look at us, talking about the game like there’s no bad news to talk about. It’s the Dodgers! Of course there is. First, we learned that Chad Billingsley‘s latest bullpen session “didn’t go well,” and he’s now being shut down with a doctor’s visit in his future. At this point, I think it’s safe to say he can’t  be counted on at all for 2014. Anything you get — if anything at all — is gravy. Which is really, really sad.

Then, less than 20 minutes before first pitch, David Vassegh dropped this on us: Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the lineup, replaced by Miguel Rojas. The Dodgers tweeted out that it was “right AC joint irritation,” and there’s just nothing at all good about that, because it’s not like a bum shoulder has ever hurt a Dodger power hitter before.

And, of course, the weather. After last night’s long delay, there’s more bad weather in the air tonight, and more tomorrow, when the final game of the series is scheduled for 12:35pm before the Dodgers jet back home to face Arizona on Friday. There was a strong band of rain about an hour ago, though the game is expected to start on time. Nothing’s ever easy, is it?

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.


889 comments
Carver
Carver

Haha, Lundqvist basically saying you have to be lucky to beat the Kings. Appropriate summary of this game.

Carver
Carver

Oh well. Lift the cup on your home ice.

usclarry
usclarry

Was it Vancouver where the Kings scored with 0.1 on the clock?

Carver
Carver

HAHAHA. STILL ALIVE

usclarry
usclarry

hand touch Penalty Shot should be awarded

Carver
Carver

THATS BULLSHIT. FUCK YOU MOMENTUM

wilhud
wilhud

Martinez! Fuckin great try. Can't believe that didn't get pushed over

usclarry
usclarry

Why haven't they pulled Quick

Carver
Carver

what the fuck happened

usclarry
usclarry

Trevor kept hacking and hacking and couldn't budge Lundqvist

Dodgerpain
Dodgerpain

How has one of these not gone in the net yet.  The Kings are relentless

Carver
Carver

That was a sick move by Brown. C'mon, score a goal.

usclarry
usclarry

Garden crowd is doing it wrong, should be F U rangers

Carver
Carver

Jesus Christ Kopitar is good

usclarry
usclarry

We want handshakes    We want handshakes  We want handshakes

usclarry
usclarry

too bad Toffoli couldn't put it onto Kopi's stick for  deflection

usclarry
usclarry

Hockery here or new post?

Superba
Superba

Sheesh.  Nice thing about baseball, tomorrow is a new game.  

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Gee just a tad late on that swing Gon.

Carver
Carver

FUCK. ME. GO IN.

Carver
Carver

@usclarry I went to the new one, but I don't know. I DO like the picture on this post better, haha.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Or... he was just late. Dominguez gets shelled throwing 100. ;)