Dodgers @ Padres June 20, 2014: Top that, Dan Haren

petco_park_opener2013While Dan Haren has no chance of matching, or even coming close to, duplicating what Clayton Kershaw did the other night, but he can go a long way in helping the Dodgers continue their solid play of late.

Dodgers
Padres
7:10 pm PT
San Diego, CA
2B
Gordon
RF
Denorfia
SS
Ramirez
SS
Cabrera
RF
Puig
LF
Smith
1B
Gonzalez
C
Grandal
LF
Kemp
1B
Medica
CF
Ethier
CF
Maybin
3B
Turner
3B
Amarista
C
Ellis
2B
Peterson
P
Haren (R)
P
Kennedy (R)

The Dodgers have won nine of their last 13 games, have trimmed 5 1/2 games off the Giants’ lead in the NL West and this could finally be the roll fans were waiting for this team to get on.

While the Padres will miss Kershaw and Zack Greinke, that might not matter. The Dodgers have the best rotation in the league and the Padres have scored 27 runs in 17 games this month. That isn’t a typo. They are historically bad offensively, which bodes well for the Blue in this series.

Justin Turner returns to the lineup after not starting since June 12. In each of his last five starts, he’s produced multi-hit games (hat tip to Eric Stephen). But Turner’s return to the starting lineup might be short-lived (and for the best). Juan Uribe is playing six innings at third base in Rancho Cucamonga tonight. He went 2-for-4 as the Quakes’ DH last night in his first rehab game. If all continues to go well, he should be back Monday.

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When you get a chance, go check out the Arizona Rookie League Dodgers’ roster. There is a ton of talent there, including the Dodgers’ first two picks this year (Grant Holmes and Alex Verdugo), plus a ton of international signings from the last year-plus. I’ll do a “who to watch” post (like I did with the Ogden Raptors) this weekend.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


854 comments
insideThePark
insideThePark

I leave after League gets thru the inning.

I thought the BP spotting 2 runs to Kenley was automatic. AUTOMATIC.

Still have supreme confidence in our closer, just a wheels came iff outing.

PasadenaWino
PasadenaWino

The question being which guy in the pen gives the most terrible heartburn.

Pobrecito
Pobrecito

@a tomato To the question "What pitcher would Mike Stanton most want to face?"


- Casey -
- Casey -

Bummer for KMT out there tonight

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Counting that as a lost seems unfair. I thought kenley had struck out venebal 0-2

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

So umpires have a well known preference to call the outside strike on lefties

Kershiser
Kershiser

Is there another closer out there that you would rather have? It's tough to think of many...

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@Kershiser right now probably a lot, but that's just because of the circumstances, Holland, Kimbrel, Betances, etc

but he'll be fine

Dang88
Dang88

In all honesty Kenley probably forgot he was a pitcher, we sucked ass for about a month where we didn't need a closer to lose games

Superba
Superba

Oh well.  Baseball.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Ugh. That felt like a punch to the gut.

scorching hot tates
scorching hot tates

The Padres with their collective 31 wRC+ this month just scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th off Kenley, but SAVEZ.

Dang88
Dang88

NEED ALCOHOL NOOOOOW

Lobo
Lobo

@PagansOedipalComplex @Johnnyswing We can't keep citing that forever.  I get that it's only 30 innings but it's almost July.  At some point we have to admit that he's getting hit harder

Johnnyswing
Johnnyswing

He certainly hasn't been the best closer this season

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Why would you remove one if the best closers in baseball based on some bad luck?

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Lot of pessimism going on tonight, they lost a start pitched by their worst pitcher, it happens

whatever

PasadenaWino
PasadenaWino

Good point, but still pretty damn frustrating.

Barney wrong AF
Barney wrong AF

Title the next post, "The Dodgers ruin your Friday night."

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

oh well we just come back tomorrow and beat the shit out of them. This one was for you Tony Gwynn Sr.

Barney wrong AF
Barney wrong AF

They win three in a row and then hit a wall every time this season.