Rockies @ Dodgers Sept. 16, 2015: The Perfect Lineup

This is it. This is the perfect lineup. This is everything all at once. This is beauty and sorrow. This is both the evidence that there is a higher power and that there is not. This is the nexus. This is the singularity. This is the perfect lineup.

Rockies
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Blackmon
2B
Barnes
SS
Reyes
1B
Utley
3B
Arenado
LF
Ruggiano
C
Rosario
SS
Seager
2B
Adames
C
Ellis
LF
Parker
3B
Guerrero
1B
Paulsen
RF
Heisey
RF
Barnes
CF
Pederson
P
De la Rosa (L)
P
Wood (L)

Or, you know, it’s just the inevitable byproduct of having the division sewn up with weeks to go and having played a 16-inning meatgrinder last night. Whichever. Frankly, I’m just glad to have something to break up the tedium of playing out the string.

This is rookie catcher Austin Barnes playing second base for the first time since a Mobile vs. Jackson game on September 1, 2014. This is Chase Utley playing first base for the first time as a Dodger. This is Justin Ruggiano and Corey Seager as your 3/4 hitters. This is Alex Guerrero playing third base for the first time since Aug. 8, which might be even more shocking than Barnes. Hell, forget third base, this is the first time Guerrero’s started anywhere other than DH since Aug. 10.

They’re literally doing a “hey, you guys remember how to do this?” session before the game:

None of this should be taken as unhappiness. I am so thrilled about this lineup. It’s turned a meaningless game into must-see television. I am so excited about it. Don Mattingly is saying what he has to say here:

… and I hope they do. Don’t read the replies to that tweet, though. Just don’t.

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