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Padres @ Dodgers Aug. 19, 2014: Don’t Underestimate the Padres

It’s only been a little over a month since the Dodgers last saw the Padres, but this is a very different San Diego team.

Padres
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
3B
Solarte
2B
Gordon
CF
Almonte
CF
Puig
LF
Smith
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Gyorko
RF
Kemp
1B
Goebbert
LF
Crawford
CF
Liriano
3B
Turner
C
Rivera
SS
Arruebarrena
SS
Amarista
C
Ellis
P
Kennedy (R)
P
Correia (R)

Back on July 13, the Padres ended the first half with a lineup that included Chris Denorfia, Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Yasmani Grandal and Brooks Conrad. All six are no longer with the team, with two traded, two injured, one suspended, and one DFA’d. Now, they’ve got Yangervis Solarte, who was a Yankee. They’ve got Abraham Almonte, who was a Mariner. They’ve got Jedd Gyorko, who was hurt, and Jake Goebbert & Rymer Liriano, who were in the minors.

Except… this is a team that sold and should be a flaming crater, and they aren’t. Over the last 30 days, they’re 16-10. An offense that was on track for historic mediocrity in the first half has suddenly been the hottest-hitting team in the game, or at least tied with Pittsburgh. It doesn’t mean much other than “baseball is dumb,” because this is still a lousy team, but it’s one that’s playing well and has the effective Ian Kennedy on the mound. It’s a team the Dodgers need to take seriously, especially with Kevin Correia on the hill, because after the way the Dodgers sputtered against Milwaukee over the weekend, a win would really be a nice feeling.

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Roster move! Carlos Triunfel was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque and Erisbel Arruebarrena was recalled. Triunfel was called up a few days ago when Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list, but appeared only once as a pinch-hitter. Arruebarrena last appeared with the Dodgers on July 4, spending most of his time in the minors aftereither being suspended for participating in brawls or being sidelined with a sore shoulder. He played for the Rookie League Dodgers in each of the last three days, and starts tonight, hitting seventh. It sure sounds like Arruebarrena will see the bulk of the time at shortstop until Hanley Ramirez returns, with Miguel Rojas moving into a utility infielder role.

Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2Fri 10/3Sat 10/4Sun 10/5Mon 10/6Tues 10/7
RP. Baez--12-26
LS. Elbert--9-11
RC. Frias---
LJ.P. Howell--109-8
RK. Jansen--20-
RB. League--212-21
RB. Wilson---9
RJ. Wright---

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.


1744 comments
ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

So is it Chad or Dustin? Let's place bets. 

Too Blue
Too Blue

I have tix to the Aug 29 Dodgers at SD game.  Looks like I get to see the new Ace Correia take the mound agian

corylol
corylol

Imagine if the Dodgers were playing the Cubs in Chicago and Mike had the recap and what is going on tonight happened...would Dodgers Digest revert into a Mad Max-like dystopia with no recap until the morning?  

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

OH MY GOD THE FISH ARE STILL PLAYING STREET FIGHTER.

corylol
corylol

It's win-win either way in Chicago.  If they resume play, it's almost 1 AM there.  If they call it, the Giants bitching about the grounds crew taking too long to get the tarp on the field will be hilarious.  

OCDodger
OCDodger

Why isn't Alanna in the studio more? Get rid of that one guy, not Hartung, but the dude who always pronounces Hyun Jin Ryu "Hun Joon Roo"

SockingDingers
SockingDingers

Puig gets an assist for that, right? I'm unclear of the rule when a cutoff man comes into the play.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

I literally need a recap of the game I just saw so that I can be informed of what happened. 

PJ14
PJ14

@corylol  Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Too Blue
Too Blue

@corylol Good question - I think they need succession planning.  Keep passing the assignment ot persons in the next time zone

PJ14
PJ14

@P_F_P  this could have waited until tomorrow

Too Blue
Too Blue

@KMT59 @Too Blue NO idea LOL.  My sister in law won them at work but is out of town - she says they should be good but not the luxury box 

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@KMT59 If losses were wins, they'd have the best record by 5 games. That's how much they've lost.











WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THAT SHIT.

KMT59
KMT59

@OCDodger @KMT59 I asked him at fanfest and I've heard a lot of players say it...I thought it was Ree you