Spot-starting journeyman Wade LeBlanc has been given a whiff of postseason possibilities - all the dreams of a childhood wrapped up in a career defined by the dogged pursuit of just stickin' around.
Mike Scioscia is giving him the chance, out of desperate necessity - and there could be a start for him on Sunday to audition just a smidgen further. The Starting Pitching depth has bottomed out and it has come to this. And yet, it has come to this as opposed to desperately clinging to any hope or to being on the outside looking in.
The manager has backed up his appearance tonight with the big guns. Here is the lineup for Tuesday night's contest against the Oakland Athletics...
- Kole Calhoun RF
- Mike Trout CF
- Albert Pujols 1B
- Howie Kendrick 2B
- Erick Aybar SS
- C.J. Cron DH
- Efren Navarro LF
- Hank Conger C
Gordon Beckham 3B
Howie is back - David Freese gets a night off while Beckham has two games in a row. No Cowgill or Boesch either.
Supposedly Josh Hamilton is getting healthy. Supposedly C.J. Wilson has figured out what went wrong last night. All this chaos and distraction surrounding the club make for plenty to write about but doesn't change what is ahead:
Take three days off to start the week. Win three before losing three. Win four before losing four. Win four before losing four with the pitcher batting in some of those games. Boom. Did that cut thru the chaos? Was that simple enough?