Dodgers on Double Duty Saturday After Rainout in Baltimore

Game One 10:05 a.m.

Hyun-jin Ryu (2-1, 2.89) vs. Jason Hammel (2-1, 4.34)

Lineup:

Crawford DH

M. Ellis 2B

Kemp CF

Gonzalez 1B

Ethier RF

Hernandez C

Schumaker LF

Cruz 3B

Sellers SS

Ryu P

Game Two 4:05 p.m.

 Josh Beckett ( 0-2, 3.26) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (0-2, 4.00)

Lineup: 

Crawford LF
Punto 2B
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Hairston RF
Ethier DH
A. Ellis C
Uribe 3B
Cruz SS
Beckett P

Even though it was a hot, sunny day in Los Angeles on Friday, a storm brewed over the skies of Baltimore and Camden Yards. The tarp was pulled on to the field before the game even started, and after a 90 minute rain delay it was announced that the scheduled game between the Dodgers and Orioles would be postponed until Saturday. This means that there will be a doubleheader Saturday with the first game starting at 10:05 a.m. Hyun-jin Ryu will still make his start, and the Korean left-hander made sure he kept loose by throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday night. Interestingly in Korea, they call the game due to rain after just 30 minutes. Yet with the infrequency of the Dodgers and O’s meeting at Camden Yards, officials wanted to try to get the game underway if at all possible.

 

Apr 18, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Mac Mooney of Boston holds a sign outside of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross during an Interfaith Vigil in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

It was a night when baseball was not on the minds of most Americans. I was watching the news coverage of the Boston bombings suspect manhunt for most of the evening. While baseball is always a great way for us to unwind and escape for a bit, perhaps Friday evening was better spent thinking of those who lost their lives or were injured during the horrific events which unfolded this week. Boston is a richly historical, beautiful city. I have confidence that the people of Massachusetts will come out of this stronger and even more bonded. I’d also like to offer my condolences to the people of West, Texas who have also suffered great loss.

Like I said, baseball is like medicine. When you feel depressed or down, a ball game can be an enjoyable diversion (much like the movies). Tomorrow we will get a double dose of Dodger baseball! Ryu will start the first game, and Josh Beckett is on tap for the second game of the doubleheader. The Dodgers have now lost four in a row, and they are hoping that they can break the losing streak tomorrow in Baltimore. Ryu will pitch in his first Interleague match having won two games in a row. Jason Hammel, the O’s Opening Day starter will take the mound for Baltimore.

 

Josh Beckett pitched well against the D-backs in his last start. Photo: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Beckett will start the night game, and the right-hander is still looking for his first win of the season. Last time out, Beckett pitched great but the Dodger offense let him down in the loss. He allowed just 1 earned run on 6 hits over 8 1/3 solid innings. He struck out 9 D-backs and walked just 1. His outing was one of the best I’ve seen from him, and it was a shame that the Dodgers bats were frozen in time. In his career against the O’s (remember he used to pitch in the AL), he is 7-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 132 innings pitched. At Camden Yards, he is 5-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 13 games started. He has allowed 13 homeruns at Camden Yards in those 13 games-ouch!

Wei-Yin Chen, the Taiwanese lefty, will counter Josh Beckett in the second half of the doubleheader. Like Beckett, Chen is vying for his first win on the season. Chen has never faced the Dodgers, and this will be his first Interleague game. He was signed by the O’s last season as an amateur free agent and made 32 starts. He went 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA during his rookie season. Before signing with Baltimore, Chen pitched for four years with the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan. He was the first Taiwanese player to be signed by the Orioles. His fastball hovers around 91 mph, and he has a slider, curveball, and changeup.

The big question on all our minds is: can the Dodgers turn things around? Why can’t this team score runs? What is going on with Matt Kemp? The season is long. There will be many dips and plateaus, but it has been awfully frustrating to watch this team thus far this April. There has to be some give. Sometimes one timely clutch hit or perhaps a string of hits can recharge a depleted team and sway the momentum in their favor. Last April the Dodgers started out red hot, but this season seems to be more like lukewarm.

Join us tomorrow for a good ol’ doubleheader! Have you been craving some Dodger baseball these past two days? I know I have.

Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Hyun-jin Ryu, Jason Hammel, Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers, Wei-Yin Chen

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  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    I was wondering how much influence big mac can have on Kemp. I mean Kemp is swinging at everything. Can he not take a pitch? It’s sad to see Kemp regress. He’s not a kid anymore.

    • Stacie Wheeler

      Remember in 2010 Kemp was doing the same thing? Swinging at everything. Hopefully he can relax and break out of this slump.

      • Quasimodo

        This time it has more to do with the surgery. I’m hearing a lot of folks saying his problem is between his ears. Agon said it takes a little more time than has yet been reached , but the scary thing is that some are never able to regain their swing after the same surgery. At any rate, whats probably best for Kemp is to keep him in the 3 hole and simply give him as much time as needed to see, that’s if we want the same Kemp as we had. Well it appears we’ll get good weather today’s games, but no pre-1st game. At least none is showing @ PrimeTicket

        • Stacie Wheeler

          The chance that Kemp could never regain his swing post-surgery scares me! It was a major surgery. I know someone who had rotator cuff shoulder surgery, and their shoulders were never the same as pre-injury.