Lots of changes are afoot in the Dodger Franchise. International scouts are being told that their services are no longer necessary. Lorenzo Bundy has been asked to concentrate all of his time on positioning the outfielders. Ron Roenicke has been hired to be the third base coach for the remaining 44 games of the regular season (and the post season if they go that far). Meanwhile there have been no announcements regarding change in manager. However, the Dodgers have gone so far as to inquire about the possibility of acquiring Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox. Who is Alejandro De Aza? A left-handed hitting outfielder.
All of this, together with tonight’s lineup, has us asking the perennial question: Where is Andre Ethier? What ever happened to “Every Day Dre”?
I don’t suppose it has anything to do with his splits against left-handed pitchers. Over the course of his career, Ethier’s OPS split is .889 against righties and .637 against lefties. His split has widened this year to .900 against righties and .487 against lefties, though of course he only has 36 plate appearances against lefties in 2015.