The Dodgers certainly had one interesting lineup on Monday evening didn’t they? Matt Kemp played in right field for the first time in ages, and Justin Turner was at shortstop. Both players did a fine job on Monday. Of course Yasiel Puig, and Hanley Ramirez were on the bench nursing their various injuries from the Cardinal series. Their x-rays were negative, but they still found time to mess with Alanna Rizzo’s on-camera report. Great Shenanigans. Even poor A.J. Ellis was hit on the head in the second inning yesterday from an Edinson Volquez fastball. What is with Dodger batters getting plunked these days? I couldn’t tell you.
(Spoiler alert) Both Ramirez and Puig are still out of the lineup. I’m assuming the Dodgers are saving them for the upcoming San Francisco series. They’re listed as available pinch-hitters though. They better be if they know what’s good for them.
Dodgers Lineup @ Pittsburgh
Hanley and Puig may not be returning to the lineup today, but one guy who is scheduled to return is starter Josh Beckett, who’s been on the disabled list since July 7, with a hip impingement. Of course this likely means the optioning of Paco Rodriguez back to Albuquerque to make roster room for Beckett.
Beckett hasn’t pitched since July 6 against Colorado when he threw five shutout frames and picked up the win. Overall Beckett is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA and has been fantastic this year. He has 95 whiffs against just 32 walks with an 8.2 whiff per nine rate.
Beckett has faced the Bucs three times, and is 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA. Apparently the Bucs are hitting .277 (13 for 47) against Beckett, with two home runs and an OPS of .738. Although most of them have not had more than a few at-bats against him.
The Bucs will counter with right hander Vance Worley. The goggle wearing Sacramento native used to pitch for the Phillies if you remember. He’s been decent for the Pirates despite not missing many bats. Worley is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He’s whiffed 22 and walked just five this year. His control has been very good.
Worley has only faced the Dodgers in two games. In those two games he was hit pretty hard allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits in 22 innings. But he has no record, and a 10.13 ERA. At PNC Park however he is is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts.
The Dodgers are 10 for 32 (.313) against Worley with no home runs and an OPS of .778. Justin Turner is 4 for 19 with three runs knocked in off of Worley.
LHP Paco Rodriguez optioned to AAA, and Josh Beckett reinstated.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 22, 2014
It just became official, Paco has been optioned back to Albuquerque to make room for Beckett.
The Dodgers are searching for their third straight win tonight, but need two more to reach that elusive fourth consecutive win. The Dodgers are still tied with the Giants for first place. The Giants play later tonight in Philadelphia. Check in with us later for a complete recap.
Game Time – 4:05 PM