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Padres @ Dodgers July 11, 2014: As The Outfield Turns

Hanley Ramirez is out tonight, but you already knew thatMiguel Rojas is the starting shortstop. At this point, I’m no longer “happy” or “sad” about Ramirez news. We’ve arrived in a perpetual state of nothingness, where Ramirez is neither active nor inactive. If a shortstop falls in the woods, and no one can watch it on TV, does it really happen?

Padres
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
RF
Smith
2B
Gordon
3B
Headley
RF
Puig
LF
Quentin
1B
Gonzalez
C
Grandal
LF
Kemp
1B
Goebbert
CF
Van Slyke
2B
Conrad
3B
Uribe
CF
Venable
SS
Rojas
SS
Amarista
C
Butera
P
Hahn (R)
P
Haren (L)

Obviously, that Andre Ethier sits in favor of Scott Van Slyke, against a righty, for the second day in a row, that’s of more interest here. Watch Don Mattingly‘s pre-game interview here, and see how hard your *cough*BS*cough* detectors are going off, won’t you?

Mattingly said that Ethier’s multiple physical issues have caused a noticeable drop on the outfielder’s energy, and he hopes some rest will “get it resolved.”

Or as Jon Weisman reported it:

“Trying to take care of him. He’s still having soreness all over the place … some leg issues and some other issues.”

So Ethier is sore in multiple areas. One, in fact, might actually say his soreness is “general,” and you know what that means, don’t you? Ding-ding-ding! That’s the magic word of the day for “we don’t want this guy to play right now, and we’re not going to throw him under the bus by actually saying that, but we can’t be more specific either,” which is basically exactly what happened when we all figured Josh Beckett was in line for a phantom DL stint, before maybe actually hurting his hip in his last start.

In the meantime, Van Slyke starts against Jesse Hahn. Carl Crawford sits again. The Padres are rolling out an infield right side of “Jake Goebbert” and “Brooks Conrad,” somewhat unbelievably. And we all wonder just how this is going to shake out after the All-Star break.

Fri 5/22Sat 5/23Sun 5/24Mon 5/25Tues 5/26Wed 5/27Thus 5/28
RY. Garcia--19--9-
RC. Hatcher1--6-5-
LJ.P. Howell--12-17--
RK. Jansen127-12---
LA. Liberatore---11-24-
RJ. Nicasio--24--1-
LP. Rodriguez--10----
RS. Santos--24-17--

Mike Petriello

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846 comments
InsideThePark
InsideThePark

I miss a Chad recap.

this game feels like a Chadian recap is in order.

VinIsMyCopilot
VinIsMyCopilot

Chad is an impoverished country that remains plagued by political violence and attempted coups.

Lobo
Lobo

@a tomato It's a vesting option that only goes into effect if he throws 180 innings.  If he keeps this up the team will not let him get there

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Ned should be like Gandalf against the Orcs.

"YOU SHALL NOT PASS 179 innings!!"

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

we will have 2 AJs on the team.

and that's it.

watch.

KMT59
KMT59

Well Good Night All

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

the offense is as much to blame as Haren.

anyway, TOMORROW.

Gonna be fine.

IT'S THE PADRES.

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

it hit his glove. Lagares makes that play, SVS almost did

Lobo
Lobo

@Evora808 @Lobo And 2013 Cardinals, yeah sure.  Point is it's not a repeatable skill.  You get lucky or you don't.  Team largely has no control over it.  Shockingly, good teams tend to be more clutch than bad ones because they're good offensive teams

Lobo
Lobo

@P_F_P @Evora808 @Lobo Which made them, you guessed, a good offensive team who scored runs because they were good

Lobo
Lobo

@Evora808 @P_F_P Third in all of baseball in team wRC+.  7th in wOBA.  You were saying?

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@P_F_P @Evora808 It's pretty cool that the Dodgers in line for the playoffs this year, given how creaky some of the parts have been, and how much of a roller coaster the season has already been. 

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

@Raul Franklin @Barney G @P_F_P  Yeah this year if the other team ties or takes the lead in the second inning, I'm expecting them to lose. They only seem to win when they score first and keep the other team from tying it.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

If we don't come back, do we still have the mathematical edge on the Giants? I am thinking not, right?