Look, the time is up waiting for James Loney to get his mojo (I can’t say get it back, because he never had it). ENOUGH ALREADY! He is OPS’ing .680. Jerry Hariston is OPS’ing .941, but he is not a middle-of-the-order hitter. The Dodgers need to get some big bats in the lineup. I have an idea how. The Dodgers are having trouble scoring runs. Loney is not cutting it as a 1B. The Dodgers need some Moneyball-Type Players with higher OPS in the lineup. I am OK with Dee Gordon batting first for a while as long as I see some progress… and I do, but Adam Kennedy and his .591 OPS is not tolerable. IDJ2 has a .815 OPS – barely suitable.
Alex Castellanos is OPS’ing 1.229 in a very small sampling, but let’s see what he can do if he plays everyday. Play him Donnie. Where? Well, if Loney has to sit, then who plays 1B? Jerry Hariston has played 1B once or twice. Alex Castellanos has played it 7 games, Andre Ethier can probably play it, but you don’t move a gold glove RF to 1B. Bobby Abreu has never played 1B, but he is a seasoned pro and has a good glove. I think he could learn the position quickly. Platoon Rivera and Abreu at 1B and trade Loney for a bag of baseballs.
Here’s the lineup I would run out there tonight:
- Gordon SS (OPS .535)
- Hererra 2B (OPS .759)
- Abreu 1B (OPS .887)
- Ethier RF (OPS .932)
- Ellis C (OPS .934)
- Castellanos LF (OPS 1.229)
- Hariston (OPS .941)
- Gwynn (OPS .651)
Castellanos needs to show if he can play. Play him if he deserves it. He deserves it right now. He is ahead of both SVS and Sands as the Dodgers top hitting prospect.