If you add up all the RBI’s and Runs Scored by the 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers, it comes up to 111. Four players, namely Matt Kemp, Mark Ellis, Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera are responsible for a whooping 81 of those. That means that the rest of the team is responsible for just 30. Nearly 75% of the offense has rested on the shoulders of those four players and over 50% comes from Ethier and Kemp. If you add up the combined total OPS of Gordon, Uribe and Loney, it is 1.545, while Kemps is 1.435! That is beyond pitiful!
OK, we have 12 games in the book and I understand that some players get off to hot starts and some get off to slow starts. I get that. The Dodgers are 9-3 – that’s a good start! However, the offense needs to be more balanced. Dee Gordon, Juan Uribe and James Loney need to start pulling their weight. No excuses. Step up or shut-up. Gordon is striking out over 25% of the time. He cannot continue to do that or he’s headed to AAA. If he puts the ball in play (on the ground), good things will happen. He is a young guy playing at a high level and it is obvious that he is losing concentration at times. He’s got to be mentally tougher.
I have this to say to James Loney: You are a great guy, but this is the real world. We a are done waiting on you to realize your potential. Your time is now – either get with it our get out! To Juan Uribe, I would just say this: GET OUT! Adam Kennedy couldn’t jump out of a boat and hit water. Alex Castellanos is a hitting machine at AAA and so is Scott Van Slyke. Alex has played some 3B already – I’d move him to 3B right now. I’m not sure his arm plays there (maybe it does), but everyone needs to realize that if you can’t play, you can’t stay.
Stan Kasten – you have work to do! If Loney, Gordon and Uribe don’t step it up, I’d call up Van Slyke and option Gordon (send him down and he will figure it out).
This would be my lineup for now:
- AJ Ellis – C (.400 OB%, even if he is slow – I never thought I’d say this)
- Mark Ellis – 2B
- Kemp – CF
- Ethier – RF
- Rivera – LF
- Van Slyke – 1B
- Hariston/Uribe 3B
- Sellers – SS
- The Angels were applauded for signing Albert Pujols, who is hitting .265 with 0 HR and 4 RBI as his team is off to a 4-8 start. Matt Kemp was signed for a lot less – who looks smart now?
- Hello! This is the best argument made that Matt Kemp, not Roid Braun, should have been the MVP last year, when Roid had Prince Fielder behind him and Kemp had ZILCH!