“It comes down to the security part, too, but it also comes down to unfinished business and I feel like, yeah, I’m facing that decision now where hopefully it doesn’t come down to me having to leave and be a part of this team when we start rebounding and getting back to where we need to be.
I used to ride Andre Ethier and say that he was “soft” (mostly because he was). He just didn’t get “clutch” hits and even though his stats weren’t bad the results were “milktoast.” Then, he started to get my attention. Walk off home runs, big hits and clutch RBI’s, so much so that I was forced to remove the “soft” label.
Over the past two seasons, it gradually came back to being “soft” even though he had a big hitting streak. He was back to Mr. Softee. But, he says he was injured (for 2 years) and I do believe him.
I predict that Andre Ethier will be in BEAST MODE in 2012. While he won’t make a prediction like Matt Kemp did, I WILL!
In 2012, Andre Ethier will hit .300 with 35 HR and 115 RBI. Book it! Write it down. He’s a man with a plan and he’s motivated. Look for big things out of him in 2012.
While I’m at it, I would not be surprised if James Loney hit ,300 with 20 HR and a 100 RBI this year as well. The middle part of the Dodgers’ batting order could be very effective this year.
#3 – Ethier – L
#4 – Kemp – R
#5 – Loney – L
#6 – Rivera – R
#7 – Uribe – R (he’s due, but I have no clue what he might hit)
That lineup would mean that Ellis or Ellis would hit #2 behind Flash, Jr.