GLENDALE, Ariz. — Andre Ethier has started 1,214 regular season games in his career, all with the Dodgers. The only position in the batting order he’s never occupied is the first.
Wednesday, Ethier will bat leadoff against the Colorado Rockies in a Cactus League game at Camelback Ranch. A right-handed pitcher, Chad Bettis, is starting for the Rockies, which factored heavily into manager Dave Roberts‘ decision.
Andre Ethier and Don Mattingly both said after the game that their nationally televised screaming match was merely a continuation of Ethier’s argument with home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom (but, as Ethier told me after the game, “if that’s what you want to hang the game on, that’s what you can hang the game on.”). As Tom Hoffarth writes, the explanation didn’t need to wait that long.
I’m told the Dodgers will not be making any announcements tomorrow, so try to sleep this one off and enjoy the rest of the playoffs. I’ll have some follow-up stories from tonight.
If you’re made it this far, a personal thank-you for sticking with me all season. A common question I get is “what do you do during the off-season?” The answer: I write about the Dodgers.
So keep coming back. There’s always news with this team.
The Dodgers lead the National League West by 4 ½ games. It’s their biggest lead since July 12 and not far from their season-high of 5 ½ games. Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are lined up to start their next two.
Kiké Hernandezlanded on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. Afterward he said he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain that felt better compared to the previous day. He’s optimistic he can be activated once his time is up on Sept. 15.