The Dodgers are looking for a mini two game sweep of the D-Back tonight, as game two of the series down under resumes at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia. The Dodgers took the first game last night by a score of 3-1.
Hyun-Jin “And Juice” Ryu will take the mound for the Dodgers tonight and try to follow-up a very succesful rookie season where he went 14-8 with 3.00 ERA. Ryu will try to shake those dreaded sophomore blues that tend to strike some second year players. He’ll have to be carefull of Paul “Fools”Goldschmidt tonight. In 14 at bats Goldschmidt is hitting .500 with a homer and 5 RBI’s off of Ryu last season. Ryu is 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA against the D-Backs. Ryu doesn’t have the most dominant stuff, but is more of a pitcher than a thrower so if his command is good tonight watch out.
Facing Ryu for the D-Back will be Trever “Can’t Get It Together” Cahill. Cahill had a very disappointing season last year when he went 8-10 with a 3.99 ERA. He could do it against the Dodgers tonight, as he is 6-0 with 2.01 ERA lifetime against the boys in blue. He’ll have to be carefull for Adrian Gonzalez who has hit .450 with a homer and 3 RBI off of him.
Scott Van “Dam” Slyke, who had a great game one, will be replaced by Mike Baxter in left field, while we’ll see Dee “I like Big Bunts And I Can Not Lie” Gordon playing second base tonight.
The Dodgers and D-backs released their lineups for tonight’s game in Sydney.
Dee Gordon, 2B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Andre Ethier, CF
A.J. Ellis, C
Mike Baxter, LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P
A.J. Pollock, CF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Martin Prado, 3B
Miguel Montero, C
Mark Trumbo, LF
Gerardo Parra, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS
Trevor Cahill, P
The season is finally here, well at least briefly, as the Dodgers and D-Backs open up their two game series in Australia Saturday morning. Though it will be a half a world away this Dodgers fan is excited to see a few meaningful games. My excitement can be summed up in the words of Entourage’s great Ari Gold when he said,“We are gonna get drunk with Russell Crowe and we’re gonna head-butt some goddamn kangaroos.”
Clayton “No Flaw” KKKershaw will get the start for the Dodgers in the land down under. While he might not be one to head-butt kangaroos with me, he is one to completely manhandle a team. Kershaw has had a rough spring by his standards but looks to turn it around in the series opener. Kershaw is 7-6 with a 2.22 ERA lifetime vs. the D-backs. he owns most of the hitters but will have to be mindful when facing Gerardo Parra. Out of all the D-Backs, Parra has had the most success against Kershaw, posting a .333 batting average in 18 career AB against the lefty.
Wade “They Hit It Off Me A” Miley will get the start for the D-Backs. Miley is replacing Patrick Corbin, after Corbin damaged his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. This change won’t make the game any easier for the Dodgers as Miley is a pretty solid pitcher in his own right. Miley is 3-1 with a 3.59 ERA lifetime about the Dodgers. Keep a lookout for Hanley Ramirez in this game as Ramirez seems to own Miley. Ramirez is batting .455 with a home run and 3 RBI’s in 11 career AB against Miley.
Tim Welke is scheduled to be calling the balls and strikes in the first game of the series. Welke habits in 2013 were calling strikes on 10.46% of balls out of the strikezone. That percentage is the 12th highest for umpires
One thing that is kinda cool for me as a baseball fan, is to see non roster invitee Justin Turner not only make the team, but actually start the first game of the season at second base. Turner earned a spot with the Dodgers after posting a triple slash line of .355/.447/.484 this spring with some solid defence too. It also means we won’t have to see Dee “I Like Big Bunts And I Can Not Lie” Gordon until Sunday.
So get hyped up for a long morning Dodger fans, and get ready to hear Vin Scully, who made the trip to Australia, utter those magic words, “It’s Time For Dodgers Baseball!”