Jimmy Rollins #2 or #8?

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This post is devoted to the question of where Jimmy Rollins should bat in the lineup. First, we will summarize his recent offensive success, or lack thereof. Next, we will explore his prior slumps to see whether we can draw a conclusion to the question of whether he is in just another slump. Finally, we will do an experiment to determine what would happen should he stay as in the lineup at the number two hitter.

So far in the Dodgers 2015 season, Rollins has played in 27 of 28 games. He has hit three home runs with 11 RBI’s and 12 runs scored. But his BA/OBP/SLG/OPS is just .162/.246/.305/.551. When he came to us, we knew he was not a stellar hitter, with a career average of .267 and OBP of .327 in fifteen years with the Phillies. Yet he had slugged 216 homers with Philadelphia, so we said, “hey, he’s got some pop!”. Well, he’s still got some pop, but he just is not getting on base nor moving runners along enough to warrant the number two slot in the lineup.

Is this just a normal slump? He’s hitting just .162 in his first 118 Dodger plate appearances. Did that ever happen before? Here are his worst ever months with the Phillies, in terms of batting averages (I picked only those below the Mendoza line and at least 100 plate appearances):

Aug 2013 .190 / Jun 2010 .182 / June 2009 .167 / Aug 2005 .188 / Jul 2002 .160 / Sep-Oct 2002 .194

So he’s obviously had some months in his career that are as bad or nearly as bad as his current slump. Then the question becomes, will he come out of this slump? That’s the $64 question. In my opinion, the Dodgers have plenty of other options to put into the top part of the lineup. Would that be an ego-deflator for Rollins? Possibly, but (a) he is 36 years old and (b) he is likely to be replaced in 2016 by a much younger Corey Seager.

Now let’s turn to our experiment. Just for fun, let’s say that Rollins was the #2 hitter in yesterday’s final game of the series at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers. We’ll just replace Grandal’s six plate appearances with Jimmy Rollins’ most recent six plate appearances. For now, we’ll ignore the fact that Grandal is a catcher and Rollins is a shortstop, since we are just looking at the offensive production aspect. Here’s what would have happened:

Inning 1. Pederson strikes out. Rollins Home Run. Kendrick groundout. Gonzalez strike out. Dodgers 1-0.

Inning 2. Guerrero Home Run. Ethier lineout. Uribe strikeout. Hernandez Popfly. Dodgers 2-1.

Inning 3. Frias strikeout. Pederson walks. Rollins Groundout to 1b, fielders choice – Pederson out at 2B. Kendrick Single to RF, Rollins to 3B. Gonzalez Single to CF, Rollins scores, Kendrick to 3B. Guerrero flyball out. Dodgers 3-1.

Inning 4. Ethier lineout to CF (no intentional walk, so use his most recent plate appearance prior to this game). Uribe strike out. Hernandez strike out. Dodgers 3-1.

Inning 5. Frias strike out. Pederson strike out. Rollins Groundout to 2B. Dodgers 3-3.

Inning 6. Kendrick lineout to RF. Gonzalez groundout to 3B. Guerrero walk. Ethier triple, scores Guerrero. Uribe Single to CF, scores Ethier. Hernandez Double to CF/RF, Uribe to 3B. Turner groundout. Dodgers 5-3.

Inning 7. Pederson walks (no intentional walk, so use his most recent plate appearance prior to this game). Rollins groundout to 1B, Pederson forceout at 2B. Kendrick ground ball double play 2B-SS-1B. Dodgers 5-3.

Inning 8. Gonzalez groundout to 1B. Guerrero HBP. Ethier groundout 2B-SS, Guerrero forced out. Uribe flyball out to LF. Dodgers 5-3.

Inning 9. Hernandez Single to CF. Heisey walks, Hernandez to 2B. Pederson strikes out. Rollins groundout to 1B, Hernandez to 3B, Heisey forced out 1B to 2B. Kendrick walks, bases loaded. Gonzalez flyball out to CF. Dodgers 5-4.

So the Dodgers would have won a close game by a score of 5 to 4. No harm no foul? Well, perhaps you don’t mind scoring five runs rather than scoring fourteen runs. For me, I don’t want to see Rollins batting second anytime soon. Should he be batting eighth? Should he be in the lineup at all? So far in May, his batting average is .083. If he finishes May below the Mendoza line, then Corey Seager should playing shortstop for the Dodgers on June 1st.

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156 Responses to Jimmy Rollins #2 or #8?

  1. crash24now says:

    I’d like to see Every Day ‘Dre at #2.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Dre is a good #2 ….. Rollins is not! However, Donnie is a stubborn ass and won’t move him.

  3. trublu4ever says:

    Just think, if Puig wasn’t injured, Rollins would still be leading off and Joc would be stuck in the 8 hole!

  4. The Beav says:

    Rollins should be #8 because he is #2.

  5. crash24now says:

    Lineup

    Pederson CF
    Rollins SS
    Turner 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Grandal C
    Guerrero LF
    Ethier RF
    Uribe 3B
    Anderson P

    • The Beav says:

      Unbelievable. Or it would be with anyone other than Donnie. I wonder how many more runs this team could score with Dre batting second? We’ll never friggin know though.

      • JhallWally says:

        Dildon just continues to amaze!!!! Flip Ethier and Rollins in the order you incredibly stubborn jackass….

  6. griz says:

    I’d say 8th.
    *
    OK, Jimmy, make us eat our words. Starting tonight.

  7. lbirken says:

    If , if, If… Puig came up with the Dodgers when he did due to injuries, Ethier is playing mostly everyday now because of injuries, Guerrero is playing in the outfield because there is no other place for him in the infield. At the moment it would seem logical to move Rollins down in the order since the team is doing well even with his lack of production. Does anyone think Uribe is a good choice for hitting 8th? Do you really think Grandal should hit 2nd on a daily basis? Whatever you think, Rollins is clearly the best defensive shortstop the Dodgers have on the roster at the moment.

    • crash24now says:

      Just based on who is healthy right now, I’d go with

      Pederson cf
      Ethier rf
      Kendrick 2b
      Gonzalez 1b
      Van Slyke or Guerrero lf
      Grandal c
      Uribe 3b
      Rollins ss
      Pitcher p

      When Puig comes back in a few days, he can go back to #2, Ethier slides to #5 or #6, and Rollins stays at #8.

      Crawford will be out for a while. When he comes back, either Crawford or Ethier will be in LF.

    • crash24now says:

      June 1st is likely too early for Corey Seager. We’re going to need Rollins to keep playing shortstop until Seager is truly ready for the big league.

      The point of my post is that Rollins doesn’t need to bat #1 or #2 in the lineup. Yes, that’s where he’s been for most of his career. But plenty of “good glove”, “mediocre bat” shortstops have batted eighth. That’s just where he is in his career path at this point, in my opinion.

    • crash24now says:

      It’s gotta be tough for any catcher to bat #2 on a consistent basis. All the wear and tear on the knees means you’re just not going to have much speed on the basepaths.

  8. Dodger4life says:

    How about this…
    .
    Pederson CF
    Arruebarruena SS
    Turner 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Grandal C
    Guerrero LF
    Ethier RF
    Uribe 3B
    Anderson P

  9. Dodger4life says:

    Outstanding post crash!!!

  10. crash24now says:

    Cash for Crash….

    Dodgers sell Matt “Crash” Carson to the A’s for cash.

  11. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I really could never figure out a batting order, except a good table setter to lead off, your best hitter batting third, your slugger in the cleanup spot and your worst hitter batting 8th with the pitcher batting last. Then let the rest fall in as they may.

    • crash24now says:

      I was taught as you were. Also, the second hitter is supposed to have “good bat control”, meaning he could move the runner over, whether by the hit-and-run, hitting behind the runner, or bunting. The fifth and sixth batters have good power but not much average. The seventh batter is the next to worst hitter.

  12. kahliforni says:

    OK, so I looked at stats…as cold and sterile as they are. The majority (by a huge margin) of Rollins’ career ABs have come batting 1st or 2nd, with a cumulative BA of .267. But even though it’s a much, much smaller sample size, his cumulative career AB batting 5th or 6th is .346. His absolute worst spot is 7th. So bat him 6th…if you must…..

  13. The Beav says:

    Rollins is worthless. Let’s keep him batting 2nd.

  14. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Leave it to AGon.

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Yas is still knocking in runs.

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Uribe….NO!!!!!

  17. messagebear says:

    The missing part of the Rollins discussion is that he is worthless in any part of the lineup – over the hill, which used to be Ned’s soft spot. You might want to bring him in as a defensive replacement, but he may be over the hill for that too.
    Anyway, that’s my thought on Rollins.

  18. trublu4ever says:

    2 runs at Coors won’t cut it! And, now, it’s raining again.

  19. The Beav says:

    They ought to be pounding Butler.

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Good grief…how can they let them play in that downpour?! Somebody can get hurt.

  21. The Beav says:

    Official game now. Let the downpour begin.

  22. The Beav says:

    I see Rollins managed to get a hit. That’ll keep him batting second for the next month now.

    • JhallWally says:

      Howdy my brother. How’s tricks?

      • The Beav says:

        SOSDD (of seeing Rollins bat 2nd), otherwise, not to shabby. How’s things with you?

        BTW, Puig pulled up on his last AB, so it appears he ain’t coming back for awhile. Better give him the clear.

        • JhallWally says:

          Things are going well. Just going with the flow.

          Yep, they better sit Puig for awhile. It could be a lengthy recoverery. I don’t look for Ryu back anytime soon either. I won’t be surprised if he needs surgery.

          • The Beav says:

            Yet another thing that’s been constant over the years – Stan Conte. I’m sure there’s a way to check, but I’d be willing to bet the Dodgers are at or near the top in games lost to injury over the last 8-9 years since he’s been here.

          • JhallWally says:

            We certainly seem to have had an inordinate amount of injury problems since he’s been here.

  23. oldbrooklynfan says:

    He’s OUT.

  24. The Beav says:

    What does Rollins have to hit before Donnie sticks his ass at 8th where it belongs?

  25. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s good to have 3 on and one out as we go in..

  26. Dodger4life says:

    ThinkBlueLA
    ‏@Think_BlueLA
    Puig ran hard 3/4 way to 1B and pulled up. He immediately grabbed his gear and headed to the visitor’s clubhouse

  27. The Beav says:

    Game called yet?

  28. JhallWally says:

    They called it. Dodgers win!! Hope you all have a pleasant evening/night.

  29. oldbrooklynfan says:

    We Win. Good night.

  30. The Beav says:

    Looks like Anderson is the answer to the trivia question: Who has the only CG of the year?

    Last couple games he’s pitched pretty decently. Hope he can hold up until they get some help for the rotation.

  31. JhallWally says:

    Let’s hope the offense can score some runs for Kersh tonight.
    Hopefully Dildon will keep Grandal in the lineup and not start Ellis.

    • trublu4ever says:

      The weather for tonight is supposed to be worse than yesterdays…..I’d rather not start the game if we have to keep putting the tarp on the field. Makes it bad for Kersh. Yesterday, we lucked out being ahead when the game was called. I don’t want to take the chance again.

  32. griz says:

    The Denver forecast for next couple of days is not good for any kind of sport, least of all baseball. Something I did not know was pointed out by the Rox announcers is it’s up to the home team to say whether a game will start or not. After the game is underway it’s up to the umpires to call a delay or, like last night, call it off. The way it looks now, the Dodgers might as well get on the plane, head home and spend a day at the beach.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Sunday’s weather says…A.M. snow showers with 1 inch of accumulation. Where I live in Boise that snow wouldn’t be on the ground very long, with the temps rising to 45 degrees in the afternoon. I think they may have a chance of delaying the game and getting it in??? We shall see though?

      • Dodger4life says:

        Both teams fly to Los Angeles after the series. The Rockies have Monday as an off day though. The Dodgers play the Marlins Monday night.

        • Dodger4life says:

          It gets heated: Snow is always a possibility in April and May at Coors Field, as well as in October if the Rockies are lucky enough to still be playing then. And who needs to risk a back strain while shoveling the white stuff off the field when you can melt it away. Under the three-acre field are 45 miles worth of heated cables that not only melt the cold stuff, but help to green up the grass in the springtime.

  33. Dodger4life says:

    This reminds me of the year (1989) I went to Spring Training in Palm Springs to see the Angels and Cubs. It was grey and stormy in Riverside but regardless I decided to go anyway’s…about halfway there it started snowing…I kept saying this is nuts…but low and behold it was sunny and warm when I finally arrived in Palm Springs. Don Zimmer was the Cubs coach that year…I was able to get close enough to smell his breath as he walked in… He reeked of some kind of alcohol bad! I got close to Sandberg, who was mild mannered and Mitch Williams who was taunting some 10 year old while warming up… The Cubs seemed to have more fans at the game than the Angels…

  34. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Tonight’s game has been postponed and Kershaw and Greinke have been moved up a day, to Sunday and Monday…

  35. Dodger4life says:

    I just peaked at today’s forecast for Denver. It looks like it will be dry at gametime. It will also be cold with the temp at 43 degrees with a 10mph wind chill that feels like 37 degrees. If they play this game I sure wish they would start someone other than Kershaw or Greinke.

    • Dodger4life says:

      The last thing we need is an injury to one of these guys. And given the fact that Ryu’s shoulder problems sprung up on a cold blustery day in S.F. last year. I’d error on the cautious side here and go with Nicasio.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I was hoping we’d get snowed out and just come home. I don’t want one of our aces throwing in shitty weather, either!

        • Dodger4life says:

          At 37 degrees I don’t imagine the pitchers will have much feeling in their fingertips. So, unusual things can and probably will happen.

  36. Dodger4life says:

    This was in the sidebar, so I assume everyone has seen yesterday’s intended line-up…
    .
    Heisey CF
    Rollins SS
    Kendrick 2B
    Turner 1B
    Guerrero 3B
    Van Slyke LF
    Hernandez RF
    Ellis C
    Kershaw P
    .
    Care to guess what it looks like today?
    .
    Oh and Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful Moms out there…

    • trublu4ever says:

      And, everyone blames Kersh for his starts….just look at the crap Donnie puts out there every time he throws!!!! By the way, Bum lost yesterday and, except for Dee Gordon, the Marlins put lefties in the lineup!

      • Dodger4life says:

        I hear ya’!!
        .
        1)
        2) Rollins , I ain’t no Bench Bunny – My hammy feels like it’s in Miami, #16-RF. Come on Donny it’s time for a little 2 spot Conga, you know ya’ can’t control yourself any longer…Buh! Buh! Bum! Rollins sucks! Buh-Buh-Bum!!
        3)
        4)
        5)
        6)
        7)
        8)
        9)

  37. JhallWally says:

    Happy Mothers Day to everyone and especially you moms out there. Go Dodgers!!! Doubtful that they will get this one in. I hope they just postpone it and make it up later in better weather.

  38. Dodger4life says:

    You can see green…
    .

    • Dodger4life says:

      Ken Gurnick ✔@kengurnick
      After 3-6″ of overnight snow, Rockies have LF pretty much cleared, expect to play game today, possibly start on time.
      9:25 AM – 10 May 2015

  39. griz says:

    I was wondering myself if starting Kershaw was a good idea.
    I was also wondering if the Rox ground crew got any sleep last night.

  40. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The tables have turn some since spring training, when in winter-like conditions, we east coasters watched the Dodgers play in the warmed of the sun. We’re having some spring weather here for a change, lately.

  41. messagebear says:

    Way to go, Ellis, you bum.

  42. messagebear says:

    NO MO CY YOUNG.

    • The Beav says:

      That’ll be going to Grienke this year.

      • messagebear says:

        I’d be good with that. Of course, with Greinke’s opt out clause it would cost the Guggenheims a bunch more to keep Greinke. I’d be good with that too – the more anybody can soak the Guggenheims, the better it makes me feel.

  43. The Beav says:

    Happy Mothers Day ladies.

    On another note:
    Kersh isn’t worth a crap this year.

  44. vl4eccjr says:

    Appears it’s gonna be one of those typical wild wooly high scoring games at Coors. . .

  45. crash24now says:

    At least Rollins has been on base twice today. Not too hard when the Rockies have passed out nine walks.

  46. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I just got in, I can’t believe Kershaw gave up 5 runs in the 4th inning and is still in there.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    Whew….thanks Baez!

  48. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Kershaw escapes with a no decision.

  49. The Beav says:

    Might be the first time in his career that Mattingly bunted with a position player when it made sense.

  50. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nice shot…JT.

  51. trublu4ever says:

    Thank-you, JT. Hmmmm….wonder why he didn’t start?!

  52. The Beav says:

    Turner’s going to have a new home next year and a starting position. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy his play while we still have him.

  53. vl4eccjr says:

    Justin delivers!!

  54. The Beav says:

    Watch Donnie put in Santos and Hatcher now that we have the lead.

  55. The Beav says:

    Good AB by Joc.

  56. The Beav says:

    Might as well have Rollins sacrifice. He can’t hit.

  57. vl4eccjr says:

    Thanks for the insurance Howie!

  58. trublu4ever says:

    Kiki is KaKa!

  59. The Beav says:

    Why take Liberatore out with a 4-run lead and one out in the 9th? He’s gotten everyone he’s faced out, save about 1 guy all year.

  60. trublu4ever says:

    Yimi shuts it down….yay!

  61. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Let’s hope Greinke continues his good work. The bullpen has been just marvelous.

  62. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I just looked at the play by play of the bottom of the 4th inning. All I can say is Kershaw is just not Kershaw as we know him. They really hit him hard. I’m glad I missed it.

    • crash24now says:

      He’ll be all right; he’ll figure it out as we go through the season. It’s certainly not like we have a ton of other competent starters ready to jump in and take his place.

  63. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, win streak!! Not the prettiest, but still a W is a W.

  64. Dodger4life says:

    So, Kershaw isn’t lights out when the temps are below 40 degrees… Who is?

    It’s the second week in May. I’m gonna withhold judgement a little while longer on Kid K!!

    • The Beav says:

      Think you could be onto something with the new daddy thing. Also, he got hit in the jaw earlier and has had root canals and that to contend with too. Hopefully he’ll get it together in the second half, but right not he’s just a slightly above average pitcher.

      Considering all the injuries and underperformances, this team is on a pace to win 108 games. Some of the injured get back and the underperformers bounce back to form, this team could be scary.

  65. The Beav says:

    And its friggin raining cats and dogs here.

    • Dodger4life says:

      That is some nasty weather y’all are experiencing… what part of Texas are you in?

      • The Beav says:

        East of Austin.

        • Dodger4life says:

          Cool, I seen you mention my grandmother’s hometown of Brownsville a while back… sounded like you were quite fond of the place….hahaha!
          .
          Hope your weather changes for the better soon…stay safe!

          • The Beav says:

            Thanks D4! They say the northeast part of our county has gotten 7 inches of rain this morning. Hasn’t rained that much where I am, maybe an inch. About 3 weeks ago I got about 5″ in a few hours. Seems to drain well where I am though. They are watching the river that goes through town.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Wow!
            I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much rain at once….and I grew up in Seattle! It rained pretty hard in New Orleans when I was there…but only long enough to increase the humidity by a thousand percent! Glad to hear you’re not filling sand bags today…

  66. JhallWally says:

    I said it years ago on this blog and on the previous ITD. This team will not win a WS with Nedcompoop or Mattingly any way associated. Especially one of them totally mismanaging the team… I can see where Nedcompoop is for all practicle purposes out of the picture and not making any important decisions, we might be all right on that front. However, we still have an inept link in the chain in Dildon.. He just doesn’t have, IT.

    • JhallWally says:

      I am also on record as saying we would not win with Torre. And, we didn’t. Now we have his immature clone. Geez.. If I can see it, why in the hell can’t all of our new baseball genius braintrust.

  67. griz says:

    Ellis had some interesting comments on the different kind of season Kershaw is having. Teams are jumping on his first pitch fastball and adjusting in general to his style. AJ is really seeing nothing much as to what Kershaw could be doing differently from the last couple of years, so the obvious answer would be first pitch breaking balls, maybe more breaking balls in general. We will see.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I could be wrong, as my short term memory escapes me from time to time…but it seems that Kershaw abandoned his change-up a while back, saying he couldn’t get a good feel for it???
      .
      Orel talks about the first pitch strike thing as well saying he thinks Kershaw needs to locate the pitch lower in the strike zone and use the slider that cuts across the corner of the plate. Nomar even said that if you’re a hitter and you see the success rate of swinging at the first pitch, which has been fastball dominate, your gonna be looking first pitch fastball. So I think you’re right griz…Kershaw’s fastball…especially when up in the strike zone, is livelier when he has good command of his secondary pitches. But another one of Kershaw’s greatest assets is he’s a strong-willed competitor. He’s gonna work hard at fixing this and he’ll get stronger and smarter as the season goes…

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        I would have to say that I’m encouraged by the fact that most fans that I’ve been reading are not overly concerned about Kershaw and believe he will eventually come out of this slump.
        As a fan with a relativity negative attitude, I have trouble looking on the bright of anything, I’m hoping that you are all right, in thinking this is just a passing thing.

  68. Dodger4life says:

    Yesterday the on base percentage of Jimmy Rollins increased from .248 to .268.
    .
    Do you think this trend will continue (>), or not ( .268
    .
    I’m gonna side with trending upward, so > .268!

    • crash24now says:

      I’d like to agree with you, but I am remain skeptical. Sure it was good to see Rollins get on three times yesterday. However, I am inclined to say that his on-base performance yesterday was a fluke in light of the fact that two of his times on base were walks that were more of a symptom of the Rockies walking ten batters.

      Even if he keeps his OBP up at the “lofty” number of .268, let’s see how that plays in terms of DonnieBoy’s goal of “passing the baton” within a strong lineup. Here’s the regular lineup with OBP (on base percentage):

      Pederson cf .432
      Rollins ss .268
      Kendrick 2b .358
      Gonzalez 1b .438
      Grandal c .411
      Ethier rf .398
      Van Slyke lf or Guerrero lf .367 or .380
      Uribe 3b .297
      Pitcher .108

      He remains a “black hole” at #2. He needs to be #8, just below the anemic Uribe.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Your evaluation has plenty of merit crash…I just get tired of dogging anyone wearing a Dodgers jersey.

        • crash24now says:

          I know where you’re coming from, and I don’t have a problem with that.

          But I’m gonna keep doggin’ Rollins until (a) he gets his numbers up to respectability or (b) Donnie drops him down to #7 or #8 in the lineup.

          I’m sure Rollins is doing his best. But I can’t comprehend Donnie’s methods.

  69. koufax1963 says:

    I have this nagging feeling that this team needs to win the WS this year. Grienke may opt out. Gonzo may be at his peak now, not next season. Kendrick is a rental and no adequate substitution available.
    But feelings are just that, no basis in fact.

    • crash24now says:

      The front office has definitely got to be in the process of looking for starting pitchers they can grab prior to the July 31st trading deadline. I agree, we should be in full-out mode of “let’s win the World Series now.”

      If they do pick up strong pitching help (such as Cueto) and we don’t win the World Series this year, Donnie has to get his walking papers.

      • Dodger4life says:

        It’s gonna be interesting if they bring up Urias during September call-ups. His stuff is a cut above all the arms the Dodgers have called up this season to date…He may not be as refined yet, but his arm/stuff is for real!
        .
        But, yeah! They’ve gotta go get the best arm available!

        Wouldn’t it be awesome if Mattingly and Scioscia just switched teams???

  70. Dodger4life says:

    The return of Devaris Gordon takes place tonight. At the present time he is sporting an MLB leading batting average of .439. He is second behind Billy Hamilton in steals with 12. He’s also been caught stealing 6 times… Last season on his way to 64 stolen bases, he was caught roughly 30% of the time. I always liked Dee, but have no problems with hitting the pause button on his 2015 success!!

    • crash24now says:

      I’m guessing that Greinke won’t be cutting him any slack. I’d like to see Greinke keep Dee off the bases tonight!

      • Dodger4life says:

        With a well placed bunt, Dee can out run Uribe, all day, everyday… But I’m gonna say, trending downward and < .462!!

        • The Beav says:

          Remember that Dee started out great last year too, then tailed so that his numbers we’re pretty close to career norms. I like Dee and hope he has a nice career, but unless he’s Ted Williams and Rod Carew all rolled into one, he’s going to fall off. Maybe he still has a career year, but .439 is unsustainable for much longer. Florida is no place to be in the summertime either. The weather alone will beat you down.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Things did get tougher for him towards the end of last year, no arguments there.

            He’s been credited with 123 at bats so far this year though…In his last 10 games coming against the NYM, PHY, WSH and SF, he’s accumulated 22 hits. In comparison Rollins has 6 – Grandal has 13 – Gonzalez has 14. He’s committed a total of 1 error in 108 attempts…one less than Kendrick with 65 attempts, but has been involved in twice as many double plays with 22. Rollins has 5 errors in 72 attempts, with one more double play than Kendrick at 12.

  71. Dodger4life says:

    Bill Plunkett @billplunkettocr · 17m 17 minutes ago
    Both #Dodgers Cuban signees IF Hector Olivera and RHP Pablo Fernandez have received visas. Cleared to travel to US. Expected later this week

    • crash24now says:

      Looks like Fernandez is a reliever. Can he convert to starting pitcher?

      Can Olivera convert from 3B to shortstop? Please?

      • Dodger4life says:

        I think the first order of business is to have Olivera examined and see whether he will go under the knife…I read reports that he was working out in the DR? I think I heard that he needs 6 weeks to get in baseball shape if he is healthy?? Other than that, your guess is as good as mine on these two guys…That does give us a lot of 3rd base/utility options though. Perhaps one or two too many?

  72. Dodger4life says:

    I just read that Andre has over 5000 plate appearances as a Dodger.

    I also just read that Kershaw is 27…I guess I have to start thinking of him as all grown up now. Seriously the thought that Clayton is 27, somehow never occurred to me!!
    .
    Other notable things I just learned – Baez is older than Kershaw by 8 days. So is Liberatore by about 10 months.

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