Nationals @ Dodgers Sept. 3, 2014: Joc Pederson Rides Again

Day baseball! Such a glorious thing. It’s the final weekday home day game of the regular season, though the Dodgers do play during the day twice during the week of Sept. 15, once in Colorado and once in Chicago.

Nationals
Dodgers
12:10 p.m.
Los Angeles, Ca.
CF
Span
2B
Gordon
3B
Rendon
RF
Puig
RF
Werth
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Desmond
SS
Ramirez
LF
Harper
LF
Crawford
1B
Moore
3B
Turner
2B
Cabrera
CF
Pederson
C
Lobaton
C
Federowicz
P
Zimmermann (R)
P
Frias (R)

Today, Carlos Frias makes his first major league start, making him the 11th starter for the Dodgers this year. (Like any of us remember the lone starts Stephen Fife and Red Patterson made. I might put money on neither of them ever making another.) Last year, they also had 11; in each of the previous two years, it was nine. Remember that when you’re considering how many starters a team needs to get through a season.

Frias has been okay in his short time in the bigs, flashing 95-96 mph on his fastball and sinker — remember, that’s in shorter relief stints — and mixing in, at various points, a cutter, curve, slider and change. He’s walked only two in 14.1 innings, which is outstanding, and he’s had relief outings of 3.1 and 4.0 innings, so it’s not like he’s a total bullpen guy. Of course, it might not matter if he is today, because between expanded rosters, Clayton Kershaw‘s eight innings last night, and the fact that the Dodgers are off tomorrow, Don Mattingly could easily throw nine pitchers for three innings apiece if he wanted to. That means that there’s really no need to ride Frias any longer than you need to; if he can get you four or five decent innings, I’ll be satisfied.

Unsurprisingly, the day game after a night game has led to some lineup changes. A.J. Ellis takes a seat, with Tim Federowicz getting his first big league start since June 12. Joc Pederson gets a second consecutive start in center, which has the interesting side effect of Yasiel Puig starting in right field for the first time since July 19, after 31 starts in center. Matt Kemp gets his first day off since July 19, believe it or not, which seems like a long time. The next day, he started his final game in left field, then moved to right, where he’s been in the lineup every single day other than August 6, when he was the designated hitter in Anaheim.

I’m not sure how this is going to play out for the rest of the month and (hopefully) into October, but it sure will be interesting. Not for Andre Ethier, though. I bet not a lot at all is interesting for him at the moment.

Also, the Dodgers have nine right-handed reserves on the bench today. September baseball is still dumb.

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2755 comments
OCDodger
OCDodger

Throw another $50 million at it, maybe it'll start hitting with bases loaded

M-P
M-P moderator

i apologize in advance for this

FirTree7
FirTree7

a volcano is like a dying Brim

Math Cosmos Feline
Math Cosmos Feline

they killed the fucking rally. 


well, at least i get to go home. 

LA96
LA96

Finally.

FirTree7
FirTree7

Well, Crawford and Turner, the bash bros of August, are up next, so we should have a chance

Spastic
Spastic

Dont you think Uribe could play SS better than Turner?  

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

our bullpen gave up 8 runs in 8 innings.


That is eight 1-run innings of ball

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

i now understand the dodgers' tweet from earlier today.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

Ok, I have to pretend like I was working all day.

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

come on mlbtv i'm trying to watch you