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D’Backs @ Dodgers June 15, 2014: Andre Ethier Sits Against A Righty, Which Is Weird

dodger_stadium_openingday2013I’m not sure if people immediately scroll past the words to get to the lineup on these posts — it’s probably fair if you do — and so if you did, you would notice that today’s Dodger lineup is a little… weird. No, it’s not weird because Jamie Romak is playing third. And it’s not weird because Scott Van Slyke is starting in center; that’s become something of a regular occurrence. It’s weird because Van Slyke is starting in center against Bronson Arroyo, a pitcher who decidedly does not throw with his left hand. You get Van Slyke over Andre Ethier against lefties; they’re basically the perfect platoon partners. Against righties, well, it’s a bit more confusing.

D’Backs
Dodgers
1:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
SS
Gregorius
2B
Gordon
RF
Parra
SS
Ramirez
1B
Goldschmidt
RF
Puig
C
Montero
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Hill
LF
Kemp
3B
Prado
CF
Van Slyke
CF
Peralta
3B
Romak
LF
Ross
C
Butera
P
Arroyo (R)
P
Beckett (R)

Now, Eric Stephen asked Don Mattingly about it, and the answer was “Mattingly feels comfortable with Van Slyke in center field and Ethier is just getting a day off from starting.” Which, fine, I guess, except for this: tomorrow night, the Dodgers face Colorado’s Tyler Matzek. He’s a lefty. After righty Jhoulys Chacin on Tuesday, they get lefty Jorge De La Rosa on Wednesday.

It’s not like there isn’t ample opportunity to get Ethier a break over the next few days, so I’m wondering what the real story is here. If it’s an injury or something personal that Mattingly doesn’t want to disclose, well, okay. If we see Ethier starting against a lefty while Van Slyke sits in the next few days, that’s just inexcusable. Ethier isn’t a major league hitter against lefties. Van Slyke may not be against righties. There’s more to this story. There has to be.

Now, I can already hear the wheels turning in your head: it’s a trade! And I guess I can’t say for sure that it’s not, but the latest reports on Carl Crawford‘s rehab are that he’s “stuck,” whatever that means. That doesn’t mean they can’t trade an outfielder, but just perhaps that now’s not the time to do it. Of course, we’re clearly overthinking all of this. Since when do Dodger lineup decisions make sense?


Wed 9/10
Thurs 9/11Fri 9/12Sat 9/13Sun 9/14Mon 9/15Tues 9/16
RP. Baez-15
RK. Correia-38
LD. Coulombe12
LS. Elbert-114
RC. Frias-55
RY. Garcia-161012
LJ.P. Howell9-
RK. Jansen17-13
RB. League-723
RC. Perez-17914
LP. Rodriguez-4
RB. Wilson-13
RJ. Wright-1610

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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.


1120 comments
usclarry
usclarry

1:45 until GoT later everyone

efb
efb

YA Gnats losing!

Dang88
Dang88

Dodgers you sons of bitfches 

Lobo
Lobo

THANK YOU ROCKIES

P_F_P
P_F_P

INTENTIONALLY WALK HIM

KMT59
KMT59

should be a tie game right now

Dodgerpain
Dodgerpain

You were supposed to do that last at bat Hanley

P_F_P
P_F_P

Great timing, guys.

Lobo
Lobo

@Purple Drank  @ConfederacyofBuntses I always enjoy seeing them lose.  Especially when they lose in comeback fashion.  ESPECIALLY when it happens three times in a row against the Rockies