The Dodgers Need a Solution at 2B, 1B and 3B, but 2B may be the most critical.
Let’s face it – Mark Ellis may not be back this year and if he does come back, it will probably be in August, maybe September. Dee Gordon has been through some growing pains and can’t be counted upon as a leadoff hitter, but I think you have to just bat him 8th and let him play. It’s a learning process that he has to go through. Unless he dips below .200, I would keep playing him. He will figure it out.
James Loney excites no one at 1B and Juan Uribe depresses everyone at 3B. That’s not to say the Uribe or Loney can’t breakout and have a good season, but the odds are against it.
Of immediate concern is 2B and replacing a player (Mark Ellis) who is arguably the most important offensive player on the Dodgers after Kemp and Ethier this year.
Elian Hererra is on the team and may hit enough to play 2B, but his ability to turn the DP is suspect and I see him as a young Jerry Hariston – simply a good utility player, but not an everyday player. He deserves a shot, but I can’t see him pulling an AJ Ellis.
Alex Castellanos seemed to be the next logical 2B for the Dodgers but he went down in late April with a hamstring injury and has been on the DL for over a month. He returned last night and went 2-4, both doubles. He is hitting .373 and deserves a look-see at 2B. I think he could be stone cold hitter. He did make 2 errors last night and has 4 on the year.
Calling Alex Castellanos: Please report to the Ravine.
AJ Ellis – just when you think “He can’t keep this up” he does even better. Walk-off three-run shot. What an ending. AJ Ellis, All-Star Catcher” – I like the sound of that.
More Dodger Notes:
- It’s likely that Nate Eovaldi could be called up shortly as he pitched one inning in relief last night after being scratched from his scheduled start. He faced the minimum and struck out all three.
- Jerry Sands and Scott Van Slyke have shown flashes, but neither one is ready for the show (and they may never be).
- Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera start their rehab assignments today at AAA.
- Shawn Tolleson his evidently figured out how to pitch in the thin AAA air, striking out 2 in an inning of work last night and lowering his ERA to 7.11.
- Mat Magill is turning heads at AA with a 3.19 ERA, a 4-2 records and 60 K’s in 48 IP. The 22 year-old is on a fast track.
- Tommy Lasorda is at the Big Race we have every year here in Indy. He gave a very cool interview on the local Fox affiliate. I’ll try and get the video up soon.