It's hard to complain about what to this point has been a very successful homestand, but the Dodgers offensively have been, well, offensive. The club is 8-4 through the first 12 games of a 13-game homestand, their longest of the season, but the offense has been largely nonexistent. In 12 games, the Dodgers have scored 43 runs, an average of just 3.58 per game, while hitting a paltry .255/.316/.373. The club has scored three runs or fewer in 11 of their last 19 games, although they did manage to win three of those games, all 1-0 wins on this homestand. The Dodgers have won their last 11 games, and 20 of their last 21, in which they have scored four or more runs.
Carlos Monasterios deserves some offensive support in what will be his last start for some time. With the pending return of Vicente Padilla, who will make a rehab start today for Triple A Albuquerque in Oklahoma City, Monasterios will likely return to his role as the long man in the bullpen as soon as next weekend in Boston. Monasterios has pitched well in his unexpected role, allowing eight runs (six earned) in 20 innings as a starter, and the Dodgers have won all four games.
However, while Monasterios has a 2.27 ERA, he has been the beneficiary of balls managing to find gloves at an extraordinary rate. On the season, his opponents' batting average on balls in play is .215, lower than everyone on the staff besides Hong-Chih Kuo (.206), leading to a high FIP of 5.03 and x-FIP of 5.24. He managed to win his last start without striking a batter out, and has gone 31 consecutive batters without sending someone walking from the batter's box back to the dugout.
Jered Weaver, meanwhile, has been striking people out, at a career-high clip of 9.81 per nine innings. On the season, Weaver is 5-3 with a 3.20 ERA, 3.17 FIP, and 3.46 x-FIP, all career highs.
Matt Kemp is out of the lineup today, using today and tomorrow's scheduled off day to take a "mind break," per manager Joe Torre. Kemp had started 86 games in a row. The lineup:
- Furcal SS
- Martin C
- Ethier RF
- Manny LF
- Loney 1B
- Belliard 3B
- Johnson CF
- DeWitt 2B
- Monasterios P
Padilla will join the team in Cincinnati, and meet with Torre and the staff on Tuesday. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen, and if he is fully healthy, Padilla will start Saturday in Boston.
Game Time: 1:10 p.m
TV: Prime Ticket