As the Dodgers M*A*S*H unit opens a series in Houston against the Astros, without Andre Ethier or Rod Barajas tonight, and with Jamey Carroll getting a rare day off, our thoughts turn to others around the web.
- At Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee tackles the latest edition of MLB power rankings, sorting by most annoying player. His Dodger selection:
It’s not necessarily Carroll's personally that puts him here, but the type of player he represents. Now thatis relaxing at a beachfront condo somewhere in Middle-Earth, Carroll is the best example of a scrappy middle infielder. And, man, those guys tend to foul off 12 pitches before fisting a pitch over second for an RBI single. Carroll stands in for the entire genre.
- Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness took a look at three players now available on the cheap: first baseman Russell Branyan, and relievers Felipe Paulino, and Jerry Blevins.
- Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts took a look at the latest MLB standings, and found the Dodgers are looking up at quite a few teams.
James Loney is batting third for the first time this season.
Game Time: 5:10 p.m.