If I told you a couple years ago that Joc Pederson, Rubby De La Rosa and Carlos Frias would be in the starting lineup May 1, 2015 at Dodger Stadium, you probably wouldn’t have been surprised. You might have guessed that Pederson would be batting leadoff, belting tape-measure grand slams, establishing himself as one of the most consistent presences in the Dodger lineup (even if his place in the batting order wasn’t always the same).
As a writer, I hate bogging down a story with statistics. My apologies in advance for tonight’s game story, but the reality is that a team that did not expect to slug its way into the postseason is leading the National League in home runs. Right now in Dodger-land, the numbers tell the story.
Two of the five highest-paid players in the game this year are on the Dodgers’ payroll, but neither of them have contributed to the home run total. (Though it should be noted that Zack Greinke, one of baseball’s blessed five, is 4-0.) Greinke said he failed to make adjustments over the course of his six-inning win, but again I point to the numbers: Five home runs (four by the Dodgers), six doubles (three by Dodgers) and five singles between the two teams. Neither starting pitcher adjusted well in what’s supposed to be a pitcher’s park.
Some numbers, like this, didn’t even make my story:
@jphoornstra Vogelsong allowed only 18 HR in 32 starts last season, tonight the Dodgers have touched him with 4 in 3 innings
— Rigo Burgos (@Burgos_RB) April 30, 2015
The Dodgers were reportedly interested in jumping in on the Josh Hamilton trade, if only to acquire prospects.
The Dodgers’ injury carousel continued to spin Tuesday, when left fielder Carl Crawford was diagnosed with a strain in his right oblique muscle. Crawford received a cortisone shot and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Crawford is expected to miss anywhere from two weeks to two months — an informal timetable offered by Don Mattingly on Tuesday. A more exact timetable is expected in the coming days.
Kiké Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Crawford’s spot on the active roster and is starting in center field today against the San Francisco Giants. Alex Guerrero is getting his first start in left field while Scott Van Slyke starts in right field against Madison Bumgarner, a left-handed pitcher.
Reading between the lines, however, it now seems likely that Alex Guerrero will move into a hybrid left field/third baseman role in Puig’s absence.
SAN DIEGO — Sunday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies was postponed due to rain. That means the Giants will reset their rotation for the three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday.
The immediate impact: Tim Lincecum will slide back a day to start Monday’s series opener at Dodger Stadium. And as a result, there will be a rematch between Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday. The only pitching decision still to be made was whether to skip Ryan Vogelsong or start him on Wednesday and let him try to build off the positive momentum of his last start against the Dodgers at home.
That also means Andre Ethier will be in the starting lineup with a right-handed pitcher starting tomorrow. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to Sunday’s game at Petco Park that he would sit Ethier, a left-handed hitter, against the left-handed Bumgarner.