He may or may not ever hit 20 home runs, but based upon a 162 game season, James Loney will deliver the following stats:
While none of that is astounding, it is solid. James has a horrible second half of 2010 and a horrible first half of 2011. He came back strong at the end of last season, but still has a problem with lefties.
Here’s the question – will he have:
- Another bad season;
- His average season; or
- His “breakout season?”
As much as I like Matt Kemp in the #3 spot, with Ethier and Loney being left-handed, I think I would bat Ethier #3, Kemp #4 and Loney #5 to start the season. If Loney and/or Ethier show that they cannot hit LH pitching consistently, then Sands and Rivera will play more of a role.
Every year, every team is hoping that their players can reach their potential. What could happen is Ethier and Loney actually do it?