Dodgers @ D’Backs July 1, 2015: Finish That Road Trip

You hate this lineup. I know you do. Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson, and Adrian Gonzalez are out. A.J. Ellis, Enrique Hernandez, and Scott Van Slyke are in. (Not that you should be upset about Van Slyke, who is solid. Sure doesn’t seem as exciting to see Alex Guerrero in, though, does it?)

Dodgers
D’Backs
6:40 p.m.
Phoenix, Az.
CF
Hernandez
SS
Ahmed
2B
Kendrick
CF
Peralta
3B
Turner
1B
Goldschmidt
RF
Puig
RF
Tomas
1B
Van Slyke
2B
Hill
LF
Guerrero
3B
Lamb
SS
Rollins
C
Saltalamacchia
C
Ellis
LF
Peralta
P
Anderson (L)
P
Ray (L)

So does the reason make sense?

Well, huh. You know what? I think it does. It’s a long season. Pederson’s young, but he’s also never played a full season at this level. Gonzalez isn’t getting younger. Grandal is, of course, a catcher. This reasoning, it is good reasoning.

Now that it’s July, I feel like it’s important to note that the Dodgers have been in first place every single day, save one, since April 17. That’s a pretty considerable stretch, 76 days in first place overall. It just seems that with some semi-regular doom-and-gloom happening — and I’ll be the first to admit the offense hasn’t really been lighting up the scoreboard lately — this isn’t the collapsing Red Sox here. This team is better than they’ve shown. They’ll be better than they’ve shown. Without Hyun-jin Ryu or Brandon McCarthy, they’re in first place. That’s not nothing.

What else? Brandon League.

I still think he’ll make it back to the active roster, and I think that his bloated contract and inability to miss bats will cause too many to forget how useful he is at getting grounders. That’s a Friday problem, though. Today, probably should just get through this never-ending road trip.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Mike Petriello

Mike Petriello
Mike writes about lots of baseball in lots of places, and right now that place is MLB.com.