OK, David Wright, A-Rod, uh, uh, Ryan Zimmerman, uh… who else? Statistically speaking, Casey Blake may not be “all that,” but who gets bigger hits and makes bigger players when the game is on the line? When the other team is starting to rally, a hitter will hit what appears to be a sure double down the 3B line which would plate 2 or 3 runs and then BOOM (borrowed from John Madden), Casey Blake makes a spectacular play and kills the rally or even though he has hit 8th most of the year, he hits a HR that gives us a lead like last night. From the 8-hole, he is hitting .283 with a .354 OB% and has 9 HR and 26 RBI (by the way Andy LaRoche is heating up but he can’t hold a candle to Mighty Casey this year. So far, Casey Blake is worthy of All-Star Consideration (shoot he could have 20 HR by the break) and maybe this is his “career year” (I’ll take it). Say what you will about his $17 million dollar deal – he has been a steal so far! Solid as a rock, there every day, not spectacular be efficient and opportunistic. He’s the kind of guy you’d want to go to war with. Casey Blake is a gamer! …. and the youngsters are paying attention!
With Martin and Ethier hitting .264 and .257 respectively, some consideration needs to be given to installing Casey in the cleanup spot. Ethier needs to rest as he looks absolutely horrid, but I would pull Raffy from #2 and move him to #8. Martin has a .387 OB% which merits hitting #2. Against Livan Hernandez (and his 5.59 ERA) today, I would have the following lineup:
- Pierre LF
- Martin C
- Hudson 2B
- Blake 3B
- Loney 1B
- Kemp CF
- Paul RF
- Furcal SS
- Nightmare or Dream Weaver? P
RANTS & RAVES
- It’s about time the Dodgers gave C-Billl some support when he didn’t have his best stuff. He did battle all through the game, and really should now be 8-1!
- Let’s get out our brooms and sweep the Mutts.
- Tony Abreu is playing and raking at AA. More on the Minor Leagues later today.