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Lineups

Good morning from Miller Park.

Here's your morning reading and lineups.

Gamer here, Svrluga gamer here (awesome TV last night), getaway day lineup below.

Washington

Harris - 7
Orr - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Kearns - 9
Milledge - 8
Belliard - 4
Casto - 3
Nieves - 2
Mock - 1

Milwaukee

Weeks - 4
Hardy - 6
Kapler - 7
Fielder - 3
Hart - 9
Counsell - 5
Cameron - 8
Kendall - 2
Bush - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  August 11, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
 
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Comments

I like Bonnifacio, but he needs to take a walk from time to time. Perhaps this day off will help focus him on that. I also like Gonzalez. Hope he is ready to play by tomorrow. I assume Guzman is out due to nagging health.

Posted by: NatBisquit | August 11, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"I assume Guzman is out due to nagging health."

I think it's safe to assume that a lot of perfectly healthy guys will be sitting out of the day game after a 13-inning marathon. Guz might not even be injured here.

Posted by: 3434 | August 11, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Rest assured I will be watching lots of pitches today, mi amigo.

::rolls eyes::

Posted by: Not Really Emilio Bonifacio | August 11, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Dude. Chico. You're hitting your stride, buddy. Loved your gamer. Rich.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 11, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

When are they going to admit that the AG is really hurt and put him on the DL?

Posted by: Sec314 | August 11, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

They won't stick Alberto on the DL for at least another week. Give him a chance to REALLY mess his body up by trying to play through it. And it's also a good way to save yourself unnecessary call up's from the minors to try other young guys out.

Posted by: Ben | August 11, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

According to someone on the last post, Gonzalez was available off the bench yesterday. Though, in a 13 inning game, I'm surprised they didn't use him.

Posted by: Cavalier | August 11, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Okay, it's like this:

You put someone on the 15-day DL and they can't be used for 15 days. Nothing. No pinch hit, no pinch run, no defensive relief, nothing.

If you have a deep team, no problem. You just call up someone from AAA and deal.

If you have a shallow team, you make them day-to-day and don't put them in, realizing that if it gets to seven or eight days, you can put them on the 15-day DL, retroactive to their last appearance.

Please stop confusing us with a winning ballclub. It's good to play like winners, it's better to run the club like future winners instead of living in your own delusions.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 11, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

that was me who said he was available off the bench. that's what tv-boys said in the 11th inning or so.

Posted by: 231 | August 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Keith Law, from espn.com, totally stole our Willie Harris bit. Granted, we stole the idea from that Chuck Norris website, but still- we were the ones that turned that into discussing baseball players. From his latest blog entry:
Bryce Harper can take a wrought-iron bar, bend it in half with his bare hands, and use it to hit a ball 600 feet on a line. Bryce Harper can throw a quarter across a crowded dance floor and have it land in the coin slot of a jukebox without touching the sides. Bryce Harper can lift an SUV and twirl it on his finger before drop-kicking it through a pair of goalposts 75 yards away. Bryce Harper can make your car run on water and consolidate all your debt into one easy monthly payment. The Twins have asked Bryce Harper to come implode the Metrodome with one swing of his bat. The Spaniards have asked Bryce Harper to come to Pamplona and chase the bulls.

Posted by: PJ | August 11, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not too mad at Keith Law, because our list was funny and his sucks.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 11, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

S506

Even with our weak and meagre team, there are still guys in triple-A that are more worthy of watching than nothing. We need to be giving youngsters batting time so we can evaluate them. If they suck, they suck. It's not like it costs us a shot at the pennant. Which would also be confusing us with a winning team.

Posted by: Ben | August 11, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and none of them have anything to do with baseball.

Lame.

Posted by: 3434 | August 11, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Ben, in the outfield, sure, but who should we be giving time to as a backup middle infielder?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 11, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Gah 506! You make an excellent/depressing point. Can't really argue that, although I'll try just for fun.

Alright, how about this: it frees up the utility guys such as Belliard/Harris from their 1st/3rd/outfield duties to play middle infield, and you can give Rhinehart/Bernadina a shot in left or at first. Or try them out in those positions in late innings. It's better than nothing which is what we have now.

Posted by: Ben | August 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Even with our weak and meagre team, there are still guys in triple-A that are more worthy of watching than nothing. We need to be giving youngsters batting time so we can evaluate them. If they suck, they suck. It's not like it costs us a shot at the pennant. Which would also be confusing us with a winning team.

Posted by: Ben | August 11, 2008 12:51 PM
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Then again, it's not always in a young guy's best interest to be promoted. Maybe those guys really do have something left to learn in the minors. Maybe they'll just get pummeled up in the bigs, and will have to spend more time re-learning confidence than they would have spent progressing slowly. Maybe (and this is for all you conspirators and whiners out there) we don't want them under the destructive tutelage of Lenny Harris when they could be learning from a hitting coach who will actually help them improve.

If any of these decisions were that easy, I get the feeling they already would have been made.

Posted by: 3434 | August 11, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"You make an excellent/depressing point. Can't really argue that, although I'll try just for fun."

Ladies and gentlemen, Ben is someone who understands blog comments - has a point of view but isn't ready to go to war if other people don't agree.

Rock on, Ben.

NOTA BENE: This post is *NOT* sarcastic.

Posted by: Not Really the Ben Fan Club | August 11, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thought, Ben, but with Harris, Orr, Belliard, and Bonifacio, there are a lot of middle infield folks to see at the major league level, though I think none of them qualify as prospects. Our next closest thing to a MI prospect is going to be Dan Lyons at A Potomac, not who I'd like to see.

With Langerhans, Casto and Harris, another outfielder doesn't really make sense, either. The only addition I can think of by DLing Gonzales is to bring another arm into the bullpen, but for only one or two appearances over the 15-day period. And that certainly does nothing to solve the "off-the-bench" situation that we wanted to DL Gonzales for in the first place.

So you get the unhappy situation of keeping Gonzales day-to-day and hoping he gets better soon, so he can go back to coming off the bench.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 11, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Yah, Ben is good for this blog's soul.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 11, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

That's true but at 23/24, you are either ready or you probably never will be.

And isn't it sad that you argue, and I don't necessarily disagree, that it's a good idea to keep impressionable young batters AWAY from your hitting coach...

Maybe we could have brought up another pitcher. Helps keep Ayala off the mound. Alright, I'll just concede. I don't mind them leaving Gonzo on the DL, so long as they don use him, realise he's still hurt and can't stick on the DL retroactively.

Posted by: Ben | August 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

i think there are plenty of players out there that are not ready or they'll never be at 23/24. lots of guys don't make it to the majors until they're 26, 28... the big stars rarely take that long, but none of the guys you're talking about are big stars.

Posted by: 231 | August 11, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

let's not play two!

Posted by: new post | August 11, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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