Game 31, 2014

Dodgers at Marlins, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.74 ERA) goes for the Dodgers against the Marlins’ Jacob Turner (0-0, 7.50 ERA). Maholm pitched well last time out against the Rockies and is 6-6 with a 4.02 ERA against the Marlins in his career. This is Turner’s second start in MLB.

In other news, A.J. Ellis can’t run without pain yet, so his return is still a few weeks away. That partly explains why the Dodgers sent FedEx down to Albuquerque and brought Olivo up. They could have carried Fedorowicz and his .108 BA for another week, but since Ellis is going to be out longer than that they decided to bring up Olivo, who’d been tearing the cover off the ball with the Isotopes (OBP .438, SLG .661, OPS 1.099).

We won’t see old friend Rafael Furcal this trip. He’s back on rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville, and he was in the lineup there on Friday night. The hamstring which put him on the DL at the start of the season is fine, but he strained a groin muscle last weekend while rehabbing.

Lineup when available.

Crawford is in a 4-45 slump since Tax Day, which may explain why he’s not in left field against the right-handed Turner.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Starting to gear up for the annual arrival of the Bums to DC. Pulling out my Blue Demon mask for the Cinco de Mayo game. Actually have four extra tix first row right above the visitor’s pen for cheap, but don’t think that there are any other MD-VA-DC commenters around this blog.

    • I lived and went to high school in Annandale from 1962 – 1968, but haven’t been back since. Not because Annandale or DC did anything to me, but circumstances haven’t allowed it.

  • john galt

    Interesting decision when AJ does come back. I think both Olivo and Butera would have to go through Waivers, so who do you risk?

    • Olivo is 35, Butera is 30, Federowicz is 26. AJ is 33. I didn’t think much of the Butera pickup in the first place, but he is five years younger than Olivo at the most physically demanding position on the field.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Doesn’t matter so much if he is back up. Has some pop and nice throw the other night.

  • Puig’s home run is worth a look. It went up and out over two walls in left-center.

  • WBBsAs

    The Dodgers are overdue for a laugher.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The ones that should be, are turned into nailbiters by the bullpen — ever since Australia.

  • Gah., Wilson.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s up to the bullpen . . . and that’s scary.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Making the whole thing scarier is Fernandez going manana — this seems to be the one with the best chance to win. . . . But when they were down 2-0 vs. the Cards in the NLCS and facing Wainwright, things didn’t look good, but the Blue won. (And I was happy to be there cheering them on.)

  • Horrid bullpen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bullpen roulette.

      • And it was supposed to be one of the strengths.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, one more — just to get out of this mess.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No lead is safe, another 9th inning run.
    But it ain’t over — we need some runs — AND to stop them!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I think SVS should join Kemp and Puig in the OF tomorrow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But change my mind right here, Andre!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Never mind — I stand by my thought.

    • Can he pitch?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Probably “good enough” to be a “reliever.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If their defense and bullpen continue like this, they’re going to have to score A LOT, just to compensate for themselves.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, one more out . . . again . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great job, League!
    (that sounds odd!)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, score and give League the “W.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Fair is fair . . . let THEM pay for wildness — let’s go Blue!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CC!!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    THAT’s how to break out of a slump! (I hope it continues!)

  • Bob_Hendley

    That’s awful nice.

  • Bob_Hendley

    5 hits for Gordito!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Double.

  • Wow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Based on their past performances, the biggest pleasant surprise of the year for me is a tie — Josh Becket and Dee Gordon.

    • Bob_Hendley

      League would have to get some votes as well. Haren had a very good second half with the Nats, after returning from injury, so not so surprised with his performance.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Brandon, you’ve got the chance — no drama here. Please!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Uribe! Don’t let Kenley get up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    When it was 7-2, who’dve thunk the heroes would be Crawford and League?

  • John_from_Aus

    Just tuned in, wow, what a game. Gordon is our superstar right now