FirstLook: Rockies @ Dodgers, 5.16.15

We didn’t get to enjoy the post-trade-rumor Troy Tulowitzki very long, if this quad tightness is building up to the full-blown rippage of previous episodes. He’s out tonight, after saying last night he wasn’t worried “at all” after pulling up on the way to 1B running out a comebacker. I’m not sure what or who to believe about this anymore. I like the guy, and the fact he wants to win, and even that he thinks he’s superhuman sometimes. Maybe this will settle down and be minor, but history tells us not to bet on it. The Mets fans all went, “see, I told you he was fragile.”

That bounce Justin Morneau suffered Wednesday night diving for a grounder has sent him to the 7-day concussion DL, retro to May 15, with concussion symptoms and a cervical strain (whiplash, as Jeff Huson put it). That’s the reason Wilin Rosario wasn’t sent down in the Bettis maneuver, and he’ll be anchored at 1B for a week or more. Concussions are nothing to mess with, I have 5 myself with the last one from a 2012 bike-versus-car the biggest. My head still wobbles some days. Wear your bike helmets and don’t use your phones while driving, folks. RIP, Ryan Freel, and let’s hope Morneau’s career isn’t cut short by this – there is no such thing as “minor concussion” after several.

Brooks Brown and LaTroy Hawkins are both cleared to pitch in Albuquerque. In the meantime, we have Mister (Ken) Roberts and Yohan cooking-with-alcohol Flande in the pen for a couple weeks. Rafael Ynoa is back to shore up Daniel Descalso and Corey Dickerson. And, Walt Weiss has been cleared to be back on the bench after donating an appendix in Orange County.

Stealing the Keith Olbermann line, we’re all day to day, aren’t we?

This is an unusually light Dodger lineup with Mattingly giving his bench some playing time. It’s a welcome break to see Adrian Gonzalez not starting tonight. However, watch out for Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke – they aren’t your typical bench role players, they’d be starting for many clubs.

The story tonight may be wiping the smugness off Greinke’s face. He is confident, still undefeated in 2015 and sporting a 1.52 ERA. The key as always is to rough him up early.

Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles
CF: Enrique Hernandez
SS: Jimmy Rollins
2B: Howard Kendrick
1B: Justin Turner
LF: Alex Guerrero
RF: Scott Van Slyke
3B: Juan Uribe
C: A.J. Ellis
SP: Zack Greinke

CF: Charlie Blackmon
2B: DJ LeMahieu
RF: Carlos Gonzalez
3B: Nolan Arenado
LF: Corey Dickerson
1B: Wilin Rosario
C: Michael McKenry
SS: Daniel Descalso
SP: Jorge De La Rosa


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5 years ago

Oberg the Defiler. Jeez.

5 years ago

When Olberg (or is it Ohlberg) came in, I said to my wife. This is the perfect time to bring him in, with a 7 run lead. Barely, Why is he on the roster?

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