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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 9/12Sat 9/13Sun 9/14Mon 9/15Tues 9/16Wed 9/17Thurs 9/18
RP. Baez1526
RK. Correia3857
LD. Coulombe1216
LS. Elbert11413
RC. Frias5538 (s)
RY. Garcia16101211
LJ.P. Howell
RK. Jansen1311
RB. League723
RC. Perez1791425
LP. Rodriguez415
RB. Wilson1314
RJ. Wright1610

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.


988 comments
 tomato
tomato

dan haren player option is scary

 tomato
tomato

it'll be interesting what the roster looks like August 1

KMT59
KMT59

Well Good Night All

 tomato
tomato

you can put it on the board


loss

P_F_P
P_F_P

Too many blown chances, again.

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

P_F_P
P_F_P

@KMT59 night KMT, still two days left to get into first at the ASB

P_F_P
P_F_P

@Evora808 Well, technically, yeah, since a "clutch"-hitting team will hit very well in all situations regardless of leverage, yeah, I suppose in that sense a good "clutch" team will win the championship usually, though it's much more accurate to just call them a "good-hitting" team.

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.

P_F_P
P_F_P

@Evora808 @P_F_P The 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers are first in the National League in runs scored and OPS and very good in most other categories.

Lobo
Lobo

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

P_F_P
P_F_P

@Evora808 @Lobo The 2013 Red Sox, on the season, had a .747 OPS with RISP and two out, which was about 50 points of OPS less than their overall total.

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

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. 

Lobo
Lobo

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