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Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other
  • Arguments can be made who should hit where, but I do think Joe Torre has a definite plan of hitting Kemp right behind Furcal (who has looked re-juvenated this Spring) and ahead of Ethier with Manny at Cleanup.  This is all subject to change, but that lineup followed by Loney and Blake would give excellent balance.
  1. Furcal  L/R
  2. Kemp  R
  3. Ethier L
  4. Ramirez  R
  5. Loney L
  6. Blake R
  7. DeWitt L
  8. Ellis R
  • That’s about as good of a balance you can get.
  • It is appearing more and more likely that Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers Opening Day Starter.
  • Think about this:  Kuroda and Padilla are pitching for new contracts and Kershaw and Billingsley are just growing up.
  • Vin Scully allegedly fell getting out of bed and is in the hospital.  Let’s hope it’s just a bump.
  • Blake DeWitt has started every game at 2B.  He’s certainly more than a .250 hitter.  He could be a real surprise.  His defense remains a work-in-progress and he’s just going to have to play.  He’ll make some mistakes, but he is a ballplayer and will learn from them.  Give him time.
  • Belliard hasn’t played much….
  • Jamey Carroll appears slotted to be the Dodgers  backup SS, having logged several innings there already.  Hu and Green are as good as gone…
  • Manny appears to be hitting his stride.  His HR was nice and the catch he made in LF, while not as good as some described, was decent.
  • The 5th Spot in the rotation is Eric Stults to lose, but others are nipping at his heels.  I doubt that the Dodgers want to put Monasterios there right now, although he is looking good.
  • Haeger, while not looking bad, is not looking good…
  • Someone asked who our 3B of the future is.  Blake DeWitt?  It depends how he does at 2B.  The Dodgers hope Pedro Baez can be that guy, but I have my doubts.  DeWitt will have to have 20+ HR power to play 3B, but I think he will develop into that.  DeJesus could be our 2B…
  • Say what you will about Ned’s trades, but you have to remember, it’s not just NED.  Ned Colletti has the largest cadre of advisors and assistant GM’s of anyone in baseball.  They “brainstorm” about this stuff and he gets their input before “pulling the trigger” on any deal.  They have signed some “under-the-radar” types like Saito, Belisario, Weaver, Ramon Ortiz and now Carlos Monasterios who have been good pickups.  Slam them on Santana and Bell when (IF) those guys pan out.  While it will never be publicly discussed, I guarantee that a large faction of Dodger organizational advisors were not enamored with Bell and Santana.  The jury is still out – Josh Bell is hitting .167 and Carlos Santana is hitting .250 this Spring.  There’s still plenty of time for them over the next few years, but so far, neither has been the second coming of the Bambino.

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7 Responses to “Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other”

  1. DRomo says:

    All real “baseball” takes aside, as soon as I heard the news about Vinny falling at his home my heart sank. I am hoping it is just a bump and just as minor as they say. I am dreading the day he isn’t there for us anymore.

    God speed Vinny!!

  2. Scoop says:

    “While it will never be publicly discussed, I guarantee that a large faction of Dodger organizational advisors were not enamored with Bell and Santana.”

    Yeah, well, if that’s the case, they are on an island. This is what most top 100 prospect lists say:

    (this one is Fanhouse, most are very similar)

    16. CARLOS SANTANA (C), INDIANS

    Age: 23 | Bats: S | Height: 5-11 | Weight: 188
    2009 Stats: .290 AVG | 23 HR | 97 RBI | .413 OBP | 2 SB
    Finished ’09: Akron (Double-A Eastern League)

    “The Skinny: Not a bad guy to get in return for Casey Blake, is he? Santana has been outstanding in the Cleveland system and has easily emerged as its catcher of the future. He projects to have 25-homer power at the next level, and can handle the defensive side of things.”

    Yeah, not a bad trade Cleave-land.

    I don’t know about Bell. He hit .295 with a .516 slg.% last year in AA. Not bad. He is 24 so, it’s time to show something big league.

    Maybe Ned should stop listening to so many “advisors”? And frankly, with the Dodgers taking on the look of a Giants model, I don’t know that he really does listen to them. This team has a Sabean feel to it.

    That lineup – I like 2 through 6. I have hopes for Furcal, but I can’t help but believe his best days are long behind him. Most fantasy projection sites have him with less than 140 games, with a mid .270′s average, 15 SB and anywhere between 76 and 94 runs. And who replaces him at lead-off when he is not in there? I got him at .278 with 90 runs – and I think that is if all goes well for him. It sure would be nice to have a .400 OBP with stolen base speed guy in front of all those sluggers. The bottom of that order, 6-9, looks like a lot of outs to me. Yeah, I know, ‘negative’. But, as a potential fantasy player, you have to do your homework on all these guys. Wishing and hoping gets you last place in your league. And if you haven’t looked at projections for our starting pitching staff – don’t. You really don’t want to know.

    Yeah, me too on Vinny. Obviously he can’t last forever, but the Dodgers without him is going to be weird.

  3. JDavis says:

    Someone asked who our 3B of the future is.  Blake DeWitt?  It depends how he does at 2B.  The Dodgers hope Pedro Baez can be that guy, but I have my doubts.  DeWitt will have to have 20+ HR power to play 3B, but I think he will develop into that.  DeJesus could be our 2B…
    Thank you

  4. Badger says:

    Yeah, well, Baez is now 22 and so far he has hit .257 in A ball. He had better kick in gear soon.

    Hey Mark, I hope you are getting in shape for those 500 push-ups you are going to owe me.

    I have to admit I am pleasantly surprised by DeWitt’s early performance. If he can actually hit, what a benefit that will be for this team. Still see no replacement for Wolf, and as was mentioned, the Fantasy League sites only have love for our outfield.

    If you want a 3rd baseman for your fantasy league, you might try Mark Reynolds or Pablo Sandoval.

    Bills and Kershaw look like they are getting ready. 30+ starts for each, 200 innings for each – after them? who knows what is going to happen. And losing Martin is a bummer for the pitching staff, not to mention the offense. I sure hope he can make it back for 140 games. If not? ouch.

  5. Ken says:

    Maybe Baez will be a pitcher next year.

    Logan – Stop drafting so many pitchers and stop drafting only short, athletic, fast position players who can’t hit at the MLB level or Big, unathletic, slow position players who might hit at the MLB Level.

    Ned trades away the good position prospects and Logan drafts more pitchers. Wow!

  6. DRomo says:

    This is just my opinion but the replacement for Wolf is a healthy Kuroda. Padilla if we remember was a late addition to the squad last year and he will be decent I am sure this season. So realistically (to me) it is a wash. Padilla is our #3 and Kuroda is the #4. We will be fine with whoever wins the #5 spot.

    All that said if we have an opportunity to snag another arm, I’d take it!!!

    Thank God Vinny is out of the hospital. Let’s hope he is fine and we will hear his voice Sunday. My 3 year old daughter loves to hear him say “It’s time for Dodger Baseball!” I love it because she says it along with him :)

    Have a great weekend fellas

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