The Dodgers will welcome the Rockies into town tonight as they close out the home stand with a two game series against Colorado. The Dodgers got a split with Arizona after losing the last two games of the series in the same pathetic way they lose most of their games. The offense with a lineup full of utility players did absolutely nothing last night in their 4-2 loss to the Snakes. I’ve said this so many times that I am almost getting sick of repeating myself. You can’t win with utility players starting in the lineup every other game.
Utility players should never be in the starting lineup unless one of the regulars is hurt, or someone needs a day off. That should only happen occasionally. Utility players are meant to be used at the end of games as pinch-hitters, or late inning defensive replacements. Scott Van Slyke should be used primarily as a pinch-hitter and should only start maybe once every couple of weeks to give Adrian Gonzalez a night off. Kike Hernandez should only be used as a late inning defensive replacement. I like Rob Segedin, but the same with him as well.
Dodgers vs. Colorado
Tonight's Dodger lineup vs. Rockies:
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 18, 2017
Kyle Freeland-1-1 vs. Hyun-jin Ryu-0-2
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-KTLA5 SNLA
Speaking of Kike, he’s back in the lineup tonight, playing in left field and batting fifth behind Yasiel Puig. It’s hilarious actually. Just because he accidentally ran into a home run last night, Dodger management feels he should be providing Puig with “lineup protection”. It’s only a matter of time before his batting average falls below .190 and he’s back batting lead-off every other game.
Most of the regulars are back in the lineup this time as Hyun-jin Ryu will battle opposing southpaw Kyle Freeland. Ryu has been awful this year, posting an 0-2 record and a 5.79 ERA. The Rockies beat him last time and he has not looked good at all. Ryu has given up 11.6 hits per nine innings pitched and12 hits across 9.1 innings of work. Ryu is 3-3 with a 3.98 ERA in 6 career starts against Colorado.
Ryu vs. Rockies
The Dodgers couldn’t hit rookie Kyle Freeland on the last road trip so I don’t see any reason why they would be able to hit him now. Maybe they did some work in the video room and in the cages and will have a different approach? I doubt it, but I suppose it’s possible. Freeland is 1-1 on the season with a 5.91 ERA so that means the Dodgers will probably get shutout again.
Oh btw, our friends at numberfire seem to think the Dodgers have a 55.6% chance of winning tonight.
Oh and this is lovely. More injuries.
Dodgers recall Josh Fields, put Grant Dayton on DL.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 19, 2017
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