Since the Dodgers are in an American League park today, the designated hitter is in play, and they’ve taken the bonus of not having the pitcher hit — sort of, since Hyun-jin Ryu has shown to be pretty adept at the plate ̵...
Since the Dodgers are in an American League park today, the designated hitter is in play, and they’ve taken the bonus of not having the pitcher hit — sort of, since Hyun-jin Ryu has shown to be pretty adept at the plate — by taking the weakest hitter in the lineup out of the ninth spot and putting him first. Over the last month, Nick Punto is hitting .207/.270/.244 as that BABIP continues to fall, as we all knew it would… so of course you’d want him setting the table for Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, & Andre Ethier.
That is somewhat brushing aside the point that Ramirez is even in the lineup, which is far from a given these days, though I must admit I’m more than a little surprised to see that he is playing short rather than taking advantage of the designated hitter, given how gimpy Ramirez is these days and the fact that he’s not much of a shortstop even when he’s healthy. Rather than have Punto play short, he’s at third with Jerry Hairston playing DH. Any combination that ends without Luis Cruz on the field is fine by me, I suppose.
On the other side, the injury problems aren’t over for the Yankees, who returned first baseman Mark Teixeira to the disabled list and recalled someone named Zoilo Almonte, who is apparently not a 1960s Minnesota Twins shortstop. Kevin Youkilis is probably finished as a Yankee thanks to the back surgery that was announced today, and.. well, I’m pretty sure that their DH, hitting fifth, is literally named “Neal”. By that I mean, they may very well have just grabbed some guy named Neal off the Columbia varsity team and suited him up.
This entire conversation may be academic, anyway, because the weather forecast for the New York area looks pretty atrocious right now and batting practice has already been canceled. I’m not ready to discuss what happens if it gets rained out — I’m headed up to the Bronx tonight to sit behind home plate, by which I mean “seven miles above home plate,” so fingers crossed — but this does seem as good a time as any to point out once again how unbelievably stupid it is to have had off-days on either side of the Pittsburgh series, yet no day off between a mere two-game set in New York and a game in San Diego on Thursday. Because hey, why would you want to have one of the most anticipated interleague series of the year on anything other than a two-game midweek schedule?
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