The Dodgers Bench is in good hands with Rivera, Abreu, Hairston, Gwynn, Hererra and Cruz. Great Bench! Unfortuneately, most have been starters and therein lies the problem. Note: Adam Kennedy is not on the list, although he isn’t as bad as some may think.
Catcher – The Dodgers need for AJ Ellis to just be AJ Ellis. .270 with a .350 OB% would be fine. After a good start, Matt Treanor has become … well, Matt Treanor. Maybe FedEx gets a look-see?
First Base – James Loney needs to step up and have a second half like last year (not likely) or the Dodgers need a new First Baseman. I think the later is likely. Bye, Bye Sweet Baby James.
Second Base – The Dodgers need Mark Ellis to be the Mark Ellis of April and May. If he is, second base is no problem.
Shortstop – As frustrating as Dee Gordon was, he was going through a learning process and was taking baby steps to getting better. The best the Dodgers can hope is that Cruz can step up for a couple more weeks. Dee should be back by September, if not before. Cruz is all there is. Not likely he can keep it up, but it’s a nice story.
Third Base – Hairston has been great, but it’s not likely he will keep it up. Juan Uribe, by just walking out the door would automatically make the Dodgers better, even if they didn’t replace him. He’s by far the worst player in MLB and just needs to go away. NOW! The Dodgers need help here and they could have had Youkilis, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Stan Kasten wrote a letter to Dodger fans that I’m not even going to reference because of the Youkilis debacle. IDIOTS! MORONS! IMBECILES! SAVAGES! Other than that, they are fine. Magic WHO?
Left Field – If the Dodgers had power at first base and third base, they could afford Tony Gwynn in LF, they don’t and they can’t. I am almost of the opinion that you put Sands, Van Slyke or Castellanos there and play them every day. Pick one.
Center Field – Matt Kemp has to come out in the second half and be the MVP. Can he do it again? That’s the question.
Right Field – Andre Ethier need to be what he is capable of being – that is a .300 hitter with 30 HR and 120 RBI. If he can put up those numbers, the Dodgers will be much better.
The Pitching will likely be upgraded with Ryan Dempster and/or others, but the Pitching is not currently the problem. Lack of hitting is. Cole Hamels will take too much in the way of prospects. Cross him off your list. Over the winter, the Dodgers may have a shot at him, but the prospects he will require will be just way too much. Ted Lilly and RDLR will be back as well.
The Dodgers need to upgrade 3B and 1B. Headley appears to be the only viable option at 3B and he will cost a lot. An upgrade at 1B may mean taking on a huge contract. You know who that could be…