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Open Thread: Game 11 - San Diego Padres

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San Diego

Marcus Giles 2B .324/.381/.459
Brian Giles RF .300/.364/.375
Mike Cameron CF .194/.326/.194
Adrián González 1B .308/.364/.564
Khalil Greene SS .225/.244/.525
Terrmel Sledge LF .333/.500/.533
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B .115/.148/.154
Pete LaForest C .000/.000/.000
Jake Peavy P .000/.000/.000

LA Dodgers

Rafael Furcal SS .400/.400/.800
Russell Martin C .324/.400/.441
Nomar Garciaparra 1B .256/.262/.333
Jeff Kent 2B .278/.350/.444
Luis González LF .343/.395/.629
Brady Clark CF .444/.500/.778
Andre Ethier RF .111/.158/.167
Wilson Betemit 3B .050/.269/.050
Jason Schmidt P .250/.250/1.000

Pitching Matchup:

Jake Peavy vs Jason Schmidt
1 W 1
0 L 1
0.69 ERA 4.00
13.0 IP 9.0
6.23 K/9 11
2.77 BB/9 3
0 HR/9 1

Juan Pierre gets the night off tonight for the first time in 507 games. As much as I hate Juan Pierre, I can't say I'm a fan of this move. What we've seen out of Juan Pierre is what we're probably going to get for the next five years. Pulling Juan Pierre after 10 games just seems way too reactionary for me, especially since I doubt this would have happened if Juan Pierre's little squib shots had found holes. Maybe Grady Little just feels that Pierre needs a night off, but that would run counter to the whole "Juan Pierre plays 162 games" thing we kept hearing about.

This sudden pulling of Pierre, making Ethier into a platoon player, and the need to have Wilson Valdez's bat in the lineup all seems to have the same root cause: Grady Little relies too much on small sample sizes. Anyone can have a bad couple of weeks, and making these sudden changes is generally bad for the long term health of the club.

On the bright side, I would much rather see Brady Clark patrolling center than Pierre, so the Dodgers are a better team tonight.