This is really simple – call me names, say I’m an Ethier hater, say I am biased. Say what you want. Make yourself feel good. Cite some obscure stat. Say he has a great swing. Say I’m not objective. Say I don’t know what I am talking about. Say something (make it up) that will make you look smart. How do you feel? Do you feel better? However, nothing you say will change the fact that Andre Ethier has become a platoon player.
Right off the bat, I have to question why James Loney sat and Andre Ethier played against a LH last night. Andre was 0-5 and left 8 runners stranded. James Loney is hitting .301 against left-handers and Andre Ethier is hitting. 187. Ethier is also hitting .203 on the road. Want more? How about the fact that he’s hitting .111 in July? He started out the season hitting .306 in March and April, then .211 in May and .268 in June, only to totally tank it in July. Juan Pierre is hitting .377 against LH! It is felony stupid to play Andre Ethier against any lefthander right now. He can’t hit them. He leads the team in hitting into double plays (15) by more than double, when his next nearest teammate has only 7! When he came to bat in the 9th last night I told my son that the game was over. One out, runners on 1st and 2nd and behind by one run. It’s a lock that Andre will hit into a double play… and he did! Game over, Andre!
The time has come to sit Andre against LH pitching. Andre’s OB% against lefthanders is .272 and his overall OB% is .338. When Martin was struggling, he had to stay in because he’s our defensive anchor and his OB% was always .360 -.370. Andre has become a liability. In 2007, Andre struck out 68 times, 88 times in 2008 and he currently has 62 strikeouts this year. He is on pace for 121 K’s. He is no longer a middle-of-the-order hitter.
Last night, we had better options than to sit James Loney. Blake could have played RF and Loretta 3B or Pierre could have played CF, shifting Kemp to RF. Joe needs to figure out what his options are in RF, because Andre isn’t getting it done right now. For whatever reason(s) he is ineffective against LH and it is hurting us badly. Hopefully, he can regain his sweet stroke, but right now, it is what it is! Could Hoffman be a platoon partner?
It has been suggested the Matt Kemp should hit 3rd – I totally agree with that. I like breaking it up (L/R) so, I would do it like this:
- Furcal SS
- Hudson 2B
- Kemp CF/RF
- Manny LF
- Loney 1B
- Blake 3B
- Martin C
- Ethier RF/Pierre CF (Platoon)
- Belisario’s elbow is allegedly OK after an MRI, just overwork! Duhhhh…
- Vargas has the same procedure done on his elbow that Saito did last year.
- What’s up with Kuroda? Bad streak (not THAT bad) or a pattern?
- How can we only score 2 runs when Oliver Perez walked 7? Amazing!