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Open Thread: Game 31 -@Atlanta Braves

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Lineups:

SS Rafael Furcal
CF Juan Pierre
1B Nomar Garciaparra
2B Jeff Kent
LF Luis Gonzalez
3B Andy LaRoche
RF Andre Ethier
C  Mike Lieberthal
P  Randy Wolf

2B Kelly Johnson
SS Edgar Renteria
RF Jeff Francouer
CF Andruw Jones
LF Matt Diaz
1B Craig Wilson
C  Jarrod Salatamacchia
3B Chris Woodword
P  Kyle Davies

I have to give Ned some credit. I expected him to futz around with Wilson Valdez at third base for a while, but he did the right thing here and called up Andy LaRoche to play the hot corner. To make room for LaRoche on the active roster, Marlon Anderson was placed on the 15 day DL. I'm going to say the same thing that I say whenever a big time prospect is called up: have patience. If the man starts his career 0 for 12 with seven strike outs, everything is fine. Baseball is a game that needs to be played over the long term, and a player as talented as Andy LaRoche will hit in the long term. Hopefully the Dodger organization is as forgiving as I am.

Sadly, this is probably this kiss of death for Wilson Betemit. I can't think of any player who has lost his job under the current regime who managed to stay on the roster, except for Brett Tomko. Jose Cruz Jr., Dioner Navarro, Jae Seo, Willy Aybar and Cesar Izturis all played themselves out of starting jobs last year, and soon found themselves shipped off for various trinkets and doodads. A Wilson Betemit for Greg Norton swap would not be beneficial to this team in anyway.

It should be noted that the Dodgers bench consists of a first baseman, three utility infielders, and outfielder, and a catcher. Some adjustment will have to be made in the near future.

In other prospect news, Jarrod Salatamacchia is making the second start of his career. Considering how entrenched Brian McCann is in Atlanta, it could be one of the few times you see Salatamacchia in a Braves uniform.