Phillies @ Dodgers July 9, 2015: This Could Have Been Kevin Correia

I’m really digging this Phillies series because they’re forcing me to learn about players I’ve never heard of. Yesterday, it was Adam Morgan. Today, it’s Severino Gonzalez, who has been recalled from Triple-A for the fourth time this season to make the start. (This was supposed to be old friend Kevin Correia, but he was DFA’d earlier this week. Too bad.)

Phillies
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Revere
CF
Pederson
2B
Hernandez
2B
Kendrick
3B
Franco
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Howard
C
Grandal
LF
Asche
LF
Ethier
RF
Brown
RF
Puig
SS
Galvis
SS
Rollins
C
Rupp
3B
Callaspo
P
Gonzalez (R)
P
Greinke (R)

Gonzalez, 22, has had himself quite the interesting 25 big league innings. 25 whiffs and five walks, well, that’s really good. Four homers allowed, less so, and I don’t even know where to start with a .432 BABIP. That’s how you end up with numbers like “his FIP is a decent 4.12, but his ERA is 8.28(!)” Which is to say, he’ll hold the Dodgers to one run over six innings and then immediately lose his job to Aaron Nola after the break.

That said, even if that half-joking prediction comes through, it may not matter. Zack Greinke hasn’t allowed a run in his last 27.2 innings, and even though there’s some good fortune included in that — think about how many times you see a run score merely on a sequence of an infield grounder, and error, and a sac fly — it’s obviously a whole lot more than luck that’s fueling a MLB-best 1.48 ERA. He’s really, really, really good, and I’m ever more fascinated to see what happens when (not if) he opts out after the year.

Anyway: On to news! It appears someone read my post about Alex Guerrero‘s (lack of) trade value!

I still don’t think we ever see him play the middle infield.

Carl Crawford is in the lineup for Triple-A Oklahoma City tonight as he continues to rehab that oblique injury — Joe Wieland starts that game, his first since June 18 — but the real question is, who starts on Saturday? Won’t be Eric Surkamp. Not that he started before. Won’t be Brandon Beachy, either:

Could it be the long-awaited debut of Zach Lee?

Well, sure. Anything’s possible. Who doesn’t shudder at the thought of hearing “bullpen game” again?

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