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Padres @ Dodgers Aug. 20, 2014: Time To Panic, Probably

You know, we’ve been talking a lot about Zack Greinke‘s elbow lately, but there was still the possibility of burying your head in the sand and pretending it wasn’t a real thing.

Padres
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Ca.
3B
Solarte
2B
Barney
CF
Almonte
CF
Puig
LF
Smith
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Gyorko
RF
Kemp
C
Grandal
LF
Van Slyke
1B
Goebbert
3B
Turner
RF
Liriano
SS
Arruebarrena
SS
Amarista
C
Ellis
P
Stults (L)
P
Hernandez (R)

But now, it’s all too real. Greinke won’t start tomorrow, as was originally planned, and will instead be pushed back to Saturday to buy him extra rest. Clayton Kershaw will start tomorrow on regular rest, and Dan Haren will start on Friday. An MRI thankfully didn’t show anything out of the ordinary, and Greinke didn’t even want to miss his start, but ultimately agreed to a few extra days.

By itself, that’s maybe not the end of the world. Of course, this is hardly the only issue afflicting the rotation right now. Josh Beckett is probably out for the year. Haren has been more awful than not. Hyun-jin Ryu is on the disabled list. Roberto Hernandez, tonight’s starter, and Kevin Correia are both in the rotation, and neither are really any good. There’s no reason to think Zach Lee is ready. Stephen Fife is out until 2016. Red Patterson exists, I guess. There’s no such thing as rotation depth; if Greinke were to be out for any length of time, Carlos Frias would have to make his first major league start. It could be worse, I guess, because the Angels maybe just lost Garrett Richards to a serious knee injury, but this is also not good.

To make things worse, the Giants somehow actually won their protest of last night’s rain delay, turning their loss into a suspended game, to be continued tomorrow. Maybe it’s still a loss, of course, but it’s not certainly a loss, as it was, and while a four game lead is nice to have, the Dodgers are still going to need to win some games over the next six weeks.

That start tonight with Hernandez against old friend Eric Stults, who I hated to see leave five years ago and would really like to have around right now. Dee Gordon gets a day with Darwin Barney playing second base; Scott Van Slyke takes over for Carl Crawford in left field against the lefty. Andre Ethier still doesn’t exist.

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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.


858 comments
KMT59
KMT59

well 3 down...Let's scratch for at least 1

LASports96
LASports96

Must win tomorrow, can't be dropping series' at home to the Padres

LASports96
LASports96

lol of course Ellis is still thrown out on that play

Guitar
Guitar

shit game was shit.. no excuse for losing to the Padres

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tomato

3 game lead, and we move on

Guitar
Guitar

NO... but no double play

Hoze
Hoze

"AH MAH GOD"

LASports96
LASports96

I'll streak up the street if we tie this game


Pretty confident I'm good

LASports96
LASports96

does this guy really think SVS is going anywhere? smh

 tomato
tomato

TMWISH, talk me off ledge

wilhud
wilhud

Another reliever with an ugly ass beard. It's an epidemic

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tomato

3rd straight leadoff hit

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tomato

frias with smoke on the water

Guitar
Guitar

@LASports96 Dee Gordon with an anvil attached to his back could have beaten it

Tommy D
Tommy D

@wilhud You should try living in Portland, at least relievers have jobs.