The Dodgers finally return home after a long road trip. The club is still riding a high after Josh Beckett’s special and incredible 128-pitch no-hitter over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The club will begin a ten game home stand tonight on Memorial day, starting with a three game series against the Reds.
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*Update*. well the good vibes from the Beckett no-hitter lasted about a day. That’s how this awful season is going. The Dodgers have placed A.J. Ellis on the DL, with an ankle sprain. As you probably have guessed by now, the Dodgers don’t tell the media anything about these injuries. I have no idea when or where AJ injured the ankle. So Tim Federowicz has been called back up. The Dodgers need to go out and get another catcher, and not anyone who bites other player’s ears off.
Kemp is out of the lineup again, and I have a feeling something fishy is going on with him. Oh and here’s some more coal in your coffee. Vin Scully has a chest cold, and will not be announcing today or Tuesday night’s games. Steiner, Orel and Garciappara will call the games instead.
These Reds have had some major injury problems. They just placed Joey Votto on the DL because of his Chronic knee problems, and starter Mat Latos is out until June recovering from a knee injury of his own. So we won’t have to see him this series.
The Reds are underperforming thus far. TheRedlegs are in third place in the NL Central, with a 22-26 record. They’re 6.5 games behind the Brewers. The Dodgers know how they feel. The boys in blue are in third place in the NL West. The Dodgers are 27-24, but still spinning their wheels in the standings. They’re not gaining any ground on the Giants, who remain 5.5 ahead, and 5 ahead of Colorado.
The Dodgers will try to do something and hope to keep the champagne from Beckett’s no-hitter flowing. But in order to do that, they’ll have to beat one of the toughest pitchers in the league, Johnny Cueto.
The dreadlock wearing right hander has a 1.86 ERA to go along with a 4-3 record. Cueto has been nearly un-hittable this year. He’s given up just 39 hits in 77 innings this year. He’s racked up 83 whiffs, and walked just 18. His hits per nine rate is 4.5, and his WHIP is 0.7.
But Cueto hasn’t pitched all that great against the Dodgers, and not fared well at all at Dodger Stadium. Against the Dodgers he is 1-4 with a 3.50 ERA in six starts, and at Dodger stadium, he is 1-4 with a 4.09 ERA.
The Dodgers are actually hitting .313 (20 for 64) with four home runs, and a .943 OPS against. Matt Kemp is actually 6 for 12 with two home runs. We’ll get to him in a minute. Check out the rest of the numbers against Cueto.
The Dodgers will counter with left hander Hyun-jin Ryu. His last start against theMets yielded a win with two earned runs and nine hits allowed in six frames. On the season,Ryu is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA, and 40 whiffs in 45 innings.
Ryu has faced the Reds just once, and he beat them. In that game he went seven innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits, and whiffed nine.
There are also a couple of storylines we’re keeping our eyes on. One is Hanley Ramirez’s calf injury. Which appears to be worse than what was previously thought. He’s having an MRI today, and we’ll let you know the results as soon we know anything. Hanley has been out since Friday evening with the sore calf injury, and there are some people who think it could be an Achilles injury. That could mean he’s experiencing deferred pain of some kind. Let’s hope it’s not that. Keep your head up Hanley. Obviously having Hanley miss any extended amount of time would be terrible for the Dodgers. In the meantime this Arruebarrena kid will get most of the playing time at shortstop. He’s looked pretty good so far. He’s even gotten a couple of hits.
The other story is about Matt Kemp moving to left field. Bison has been so bad there defensively, the Dodgers are now going to be playing Andre Ethier in center, and moving Kemp to left. I’m all for this. No matter how much you dislike Ethier, you have to admit that one, Kemp has been awful in center, and for the good of the team can no longer be played there. Number two, Ethier is a better outfielder. So we may see Kemp make his first start in left since 2008 I believe. We’ll see what the lineup says.
Yesterday’s game was most memorable. Let’s hope the Dodgers make this year’s memorial day a memorable one. Happy Memorial day guys!
Dodgers Lineup vs. Cincinnati-5-26-14Gordon 2B Crawford LF Puig RF Gonzalez 1B Ethier CF Turner 3B Butera C Arruebarrena SS Ryu P
Hyun-jin Ryu-4-2 vs. Johnny Cueto-4-3
Game time- 5:10 PM