Rockies @ Dodgers July 1, 2016: Bud Norris’ Dodger debut

The Dodgers return home after a road trip to host the third-place Rockies with newest Dodger Bud Norris. Chad wrote about his acquisition yesterday.

7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
CF  Blackmon  2B  Utley
SS Adames  SS  Seager
3B Arenado  3B  Turner
RF Gonzalez  1B  Gonzalez
1B Reynolds  LF  Kendrick
2B Descalso  RF  Puig
C Hundley  CF  Thompson
LF Barnes  C  Grandal
De La Rosa (L)
Norris (R)

The only qualm I have with the lineup is Chase Utley starting at second base instead of Howie Kendrick, who is starting in left field. Logic would dictate that against a lefty, Scott Van Slyke would get the call. He is 0-for-15 with five strikeouts against Jorge De La Rosa, but he’s still a better option than Utley (and batter vs. pitcher matchups are far from the be-all, end-all).

Joc Pederson, as a platoon player, wouldn’t be playing today anyway, but the main reason he isn’t playing is because…

Oh right, the whole “crashing into the wall” thing. Here’s hoping a couple weeks of rest cure his AC joint. Will Venable is back after being designated for assignment last week. And, yeah, that Clayton Kershaw guy is also hurt, but you already knew that.

Other news and notes…

Man, a healthy Alex Wood … would … certainly soften the blow of Kershaw being out.

Oh, and there’s this:

Huzzah! Welcome back, Brandon McCarthy. Man, a healthy McCarthy would … you know.

And finally…

It me. Get to the stadium and pickup a copy of Dodger Insider magazine to read this fantastic article.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.