You can’t have too much anything


The yanking of my brain from good to bad on a daily basis is mimicked in the fortunes of the Dodgers, who are as inconsistent in their fortune as their 11-11 record implies.

Friday’s pockmarked but resilient 7-5 victory over Milwaukee came with the latest injury, a right quad strain for sizzling second baseman Mark Ellis. Tonight’s game has served up its latest malady as a pregame appetizer: the news that Stephen Fife is going on the disabled list with bursitis. Matt Magill will make his major-league debut tonight for the Dodgers, becoming their ninth starting pitcher in the team’s 23rd game of the season. Exciting but enervating is this Los Angeles team.

The injuries to the pitchers have validated the maxim that you can’t have too much pitching (though Aaron Harang, with an 11.37 ERA and 25 baserunners allowed in 12 2/3 innings over three starts with Seattle, so far remains evidence of the opposite). But the larger point is, you can’t have too much of anything – the Dodger infield will now remain more strapped than the pitching staff even as Hanley Ramirez nears a return, assuming Ramirez himself can stay healthy.

All lamentations and pointless accusations of healthcare inadequacy aside, the Dodgers remind us that every moment of good fortune is precious, and every moment of ill fate is a challenge to be overcome. No one will feel sorry for you for long. It’s worth learning, of you can, to do well with less.

Brewers at Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.

Carl Crawford, LF
A.J. Ellis, C
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
Skip Schumaker, 2B
Luis Cruz, SS
Juan Uribe, 3B
Matt Magill, P

  • Anonymous

    Who is the next pitcher in line?

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Me! Me! Pick me!

    • Anonymous

      The Dodgers can skip a turn and Capuano should be ready to go after that.

  • Anonymous

    Has Ellis gone on the DL? If so, who takes his place?

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t know you were back; good to see.

    Is this the first time AJ Ellis has batted second?

    This rotation spot is snake-bitten, it’s like drummers from Spinal Tap.

    • Anonymous

      No spontaneous combustion yet.

      • Anonymous

        It’s still only April…

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Ellis started in the No. 2 slot five times last year. He went 4 for 19 with two walks, a double and a sac fly. All five games at home.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    With the options available I like AJ in the two slot but it will be station to station after carl with AJ and AGon
    I’d probably play Shredder Punto before Skippy at second though

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Line up change Adrian Gonzales sitting, Ethier to the 3rd spot , skip moves up 1 and Hairston batting 6th

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
  • package206

    why is AGon on the bench??

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      could you get to the twitter link or do you need me to explain?

      • package206

        Got it Kt, Thanks

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    For those of you not on Twitter Adrian went to the hospital : https://twitter.com/kengurnick/status/328306429159149569

  • Anonymous

    “Every moment of good fortune is precious, and every moment of ill fate is a challenge to be overcome.” Applies to life, not just to baseball. Well said, Jon.

    • Anonymous

      Life is a metaphor for baseball.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Jon if your not too busy could you update the lineup…I use it all the time during the game

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Alright time for our first DP

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice play Matt

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice try Luis

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Should have thrown to home Juan

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Got one back…need to hold them

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good inning Rookie

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Tie game…come on Luis…bring home the go ahead run

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    wow only 4 and a half complete…thought we were in the 6th

  • Anonymous

    McGill hanging in there.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good sixth inning M & M

  • Anonymous

    Matty finding holes today.

  • Anonymous

    What a throw to third. Good thing we have a Bison.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I’ll take that go ahead groundout by Luis

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice K

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    STANDING O for the Rookie

  • Anonymous

    Drag bunts remind me so much of Raffy…

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Maury or Brett…the swinging chop reminds me of Raffy

  • Anonymous

    Bullpen! You’re breaking my heart!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go Adrian

  • Anonymous

    Ugh.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dre!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Luis. Shredder AGon…sounds like runs

    • Anonymous

      I do appreciate your optimism!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    way to get on Shredder…Come on Gonzo

  • Anonymous

    Still a pulse!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go CC you are due..base hit

  • Anonymous

    You’re up, AJ!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!!…Come on AJ

  • Anonymous

    Let’s go A.J.

  • Anonymous

    Would love a walk off this evening.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Night all

  • Anonymous

    Ah well, just not their night. Go for the series win tomorrow.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Kershaw tomorrow

    • Anonymous

      If Guerrier’s on the mound, it’s rarely your night.

  • Anonymous

    Shoot! I liked our hustle ’til the last out, though.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT