Found May 16, 2012 on Feelin' Kinda Blue:
Hurry back, Matt. Look, we all know the Dodgers' lineup was going to suffer without Matt Kemp. But the overreaction to guys getting regular days off is astounding. The Dodgers lost today in San Diego 4-2. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Unfortunately for Chris Capuano, he wasn't as sharp today as he had been in his last six starts (5-0, 1.38 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 8.1 K/9, .200 BAA), but it would have been realistic to expect him to keep up that pace. So, one of the Dodgers' best pitcher this season (numbers-wise), manager Don Mattingly put together a less-than-ideal lineup: Tony Gwynn CF Elian Herrera 2B Bobby Abreu LF Andre Ethier RF Jerry Sands 1B Justin Sellers SS Adam Kennedy 3B Matt Treanor C Yes, this lineup sucks in so many ways, but why get so pissed off about it? What was the alternative? A struggling Dee Gordon leading off; Mark Ellis in the 2-hole (never mind he could use a day off every now and the...
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