Pavolv had this dog who heard a bell ring and he proceeded to salivate all over himself. That sometimes happens when you see an young attractive lady walking down the street too. In the instant case, I think that Russell Martin is “Pavlov’s Dog.”
Jeff Pentland, Joe Torre and Don Mattingly work with him, and work with him, and work with him about “going the other way,” but when he sees a fastball, it’s like a bell goes off in his head and he salivates all over himself to pull the pitch. Pavlov’s Dog – that’s what he is!
The cost of RBI’s for 1B is pretty steep these days.
Ryan Howard – $19 mil – 65 RBI
Albert Pujols – $16 mil – 64 RBI
James Loney – $3.1 mil – 63 RBI
I’m just sayin’….
Forget all the stats – James Loney IS the Dodgers MVP for the first half of the season. James Loney is 2 RBI’s away from being tied with the league leader. He has accomplished that from mostly the 5th or 6th spot, whereas the leaders have mostly been #3 or #4 hitters. I’d like to see James Loney hit more HR and I do think he will, but he’s pretty good right now.
The Dodgers had another first basemen discover his power later and that would be Steve Garvey. Through 2,159 AB’s, James Loney (Age 26) has 51 HR’s. Through 2,424 AB’s Steve Garvey (Age 26) had 64 HR’s and he hit 37 of those at age 25 and 26. You saw the HR James hit yesterday. As he gets a little older, he’ll have more power and more ability to recognize when he can pull.
While Matt Kemp has been better lately, his base-running, fielding and lack of hitting has hurt his ability to be considered for MVP. Andre Ethier and Manny have been injured too much. Truth be known, Rafael Furcal is right up there too.
Right here, right now, if there are runners on 2B and 3B and you need an RBI, there’s no one on the Dodgers I’d rather see up there than James Loney! Give him his props!
Congrats to the Dodgers All-Stars:
- Jon Broxton
- Andre Ethier
- Rafael Furcal
- Hong-chih Kuo
Make us proud!
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