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Brewers @ Dodgers August 16, 2014: We’re Going To Miss Juan Uribe So Much

This is bad. This is so, so bad.

Brewers
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Ca.
CF
Gomez
2B
Gordon
C
Lucroy
CF
Puig
RF
Braun
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Ramirez
RF
Kemp
LF
Davis
LF
Crawford
2B
Weeks
3B
Turner
1B
Reynolds
C
Ellis
SS
Herrera
SS
Rojas
P
Gallardo (R)
P
Kershaw (L)

Juan Uribe, who injured his right hamstring last night, is on the disabled list. Uribe said it felt the same as it did when he missed five weeks with a similar hamstring injury earlier this year; this is an enormous problem. He’s become one of the more underrated third basemen in baseball, combining league-average offense with stellar defense. Now, he’s gone, perhaps for the rest of the regular season.

There’s a few things that come of this. Justin Turner is likely the regular third baseman — he’s starting tonight — and while he’s played well, this also weakens the bench. Carlos Triunfel has been recalled to take Uribe’s roster spot, and while he’s terrible, he’s really the only option. Erisbel Arruebarrena is on the minor league disabled list. Alex Guerrero isn’t the answer for all the reasons we talked about on Friday, namely that he’s not hitting well right now and isn’t a left-side infielder, no matter how loudly people insist he is. You could, I guess, bring back Jamie Romak, but he’s not very good either, and that requires a 40-man roster move. I don’t like Triunfel any more than you do, but there’s nothing else to be done.

Also, there’s this: Hanley Ramirez was seen taking grounders at third base today. Maybe that’s something — the timing is certainly odd — and maybe it’s nothing. Personally, unless they’re certain that Uribe has no chance to make it back this year, I have a hard time seeing that switch happen in-season. It’s noted here because it’s a thing that happened, but with Ramirez obviously also hurt, it’s not something to be worried about for a while.

Oh, and Adrian Gonzalez had a bit of a sore back yesterday, and when Uribe goes on the DL, he’ll be the sixth different Dodger — joining Hyun-jin Ryu, Paul Maholm, Josh Beckett, Chris Perez, Paco Rodriguez — to go on the list in the last two weeks, plus Isotopes Jose Dominguez (shoulder) and Stephen Fife (Tommy John).

After all that: There’s still a baseball game to be played tonight. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill, and after how badly Mattingly bungled the Jamey Wright / Brandon League / J.P. Howell situation last night, there’s no better time for some vintage complete game Kershaw. For a team that’s safely in first place, there sure are suddenly a lot of issues.

Fri 9/26Sat 9/27Sun 9/28Mon 9/29Tues 9/30Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2
RP. Baez1223----
LS. Elbert811----
RC. Frias43----
LJ.P. Howell10----
RK. Jansen8----
RB. League102----
LP. Rodriguez76----
RB. Wilson13----
RJ. Wright18----

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.


900 comments
scottyc35
scottyc35

here comes Anthony Slama! He's ready! 

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

I have felt Joc wasnt ready earlier and the season and probably isnt fully ready now,  but Joc HAS to be a better option than CC and Dre right now

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

Crappy game, considering that it was a national cablecast and there won't be very many more regular-season national broadcasts coming up.  The only one this coming week is Wednesday on ESPN.  And don't ask me why ESPN is showing the Dodgers against the Padres.  Probably want to jinx us into losing on national TV.  Grrr...

InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)
InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)

on the bright side, it's good to be the Dodgers with a 4.5 game lead.

Unlike a certain team with an RD of +162 in second place.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Padres-Mets-DBacks-Padres starting Tuesday?

I'm confident about their chances going into September

BIah
BIah

Kershaw's Wins streak comes to an end...

whatever wins are stupid anway

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

>> there’s no better time for some vintage complete game Kershaw. For a team that’s safely in first place, there sure are suddenly a lot of issues.

Well, five hits and no walks in a complete game sounds like vintage Kershaw, but it's hard to win when you only score two runs.

And a 4.5-game lead isn't exactly safe, either.

InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)
InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)

Remember when Matt Kemp was so far off pace for a 20-HR season?

He really only needs to hit one a week the rest of the way to get there.

 tomato
tomato

oh well, worse we can be after 29 game gauntlet post break is 3.5 up


let's win tomorrow

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

At the risk of sounding totally apathetic, I'm not too peeved about the loss; I just hope that Uribe/Ryu/Hanley all come back when they're fully healthy. Not worried about the Giants or the division. 

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Dodgers have outplayed the brewers every game they played them the season except once oh well

Ovaltine Rabbit
Ovaltine Rabbit

I feel like we've never been able to beat the Brewers. For the past several years it's been this way.

Beastfriends
Beastfriends

Silver lining: BP is well rested just in case Haren's renaissance has a hiccup

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Dont want to see the Brewers in the playoffs if we make it there.

BIah
BIah

poop. poop.  pooppooppoop.  poopity poop poop.  poop poop.

scottyc35
scottyc35

y'all know i am a Twins fan also. Slama was dominant in AAA while w/ the Twins, but he's a tweener. Not a closer, not a starter, just a guy who can provide solid long relief. He was a fan favorite, but they gave up on him, last year. Nobody understood that 'cause his AAA numbers were solid. 

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@PagansOedipalComplex Cubs-Nats-Rockies-Brewers over that same stretch for the Giants, and with zero off days (we have two). 


I'm betting we add a solid two games to the lead during that stretch. 

Beastfriends
Beastfriends

@Kewldood69 @TellMyWifeISaidHello @Beastfriends Wright is there to eat innings when things go wrong. When he keeps it close enough to entertain the possibility of a comeback, as he did on Wednesday, it is gravy. Wilson has been tolerable of late so long as Mike doesn't write nice things about him. League has been massively better than last year.  These guys are not a strength but they could definitely be so much worse.