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Open Thread: Game 135 - @ San Diego Padres

Derek Lowe takes on Jake Peavy. Someone who is not Andy LaRoche will be playing third.

Really, I think this could be the worst idea Ned has had. For absolutely no cost, Hillenbrand could have been switched with LaRoche in the lineup. Nothing would be lost by the Dodgers in doing this. Nothing. The only explanation for this move is that Ned thinks Hillenbrand is better than LaRoche, there's is no other explanation, and he's just flat out wrong.

This isn't even a matter of whether or not LaRoche will pan out into something, it's a matter of whether he's better than Shea Hillenbrand. I don't think anyone would want Hillenbrand instead.