Dodger Thoughts: Dodger Cogs and Dogs


Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesEugenio Velez
Eugenio Velez gets the star treatment in this month's edition of Dodger Cogs and Dogs.

Velez, as you're probably aware by now, is threatening to have a historic season. He is 0 for 21 as a Dodger. Only three players in Dodger history have ever had more at-bats while registering a .000 season: outfielder Jose Gonzalez (28 in 1991, before he was sent to Pittsburgh) and pitchers Sandy Koufax (26 in 1957) and Brett Tomko (24 in 2007).

Now, Velez is a career .247 hitter, so the idea that he will go the final seven weeks of the season without a hit remains remote. So the hope is that he would get released right after breaking the record, but the continued injury problems of Dodger infielders seem to be preventing that (not that he shouldn't be released anyway).

Nevertheless, hope remains that Velez will set a futility record before he's done as a Dodger. Former Brooklyn catcher Bill Bergen has the longest streak of hitless at-bats by a non-pitcher, 46 – that's the record that Milwaukee's Craig Counsell recently threatened. What you might not realize is that Velez went hitless in his final nine at-bats as a San Francisco Giant last year, which means he's 0 for his last 30. That puts him within flailing distance of Bergen.

In fact, if not for a 12th-inning single on May 18, 2010, Velez would be riding a hitless streak of 47 at-bats. There but for the grace of Cesar Ramos goes he.

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As always, the ratings below are a combination of subjectivity and objectivity. And as has been the case for the past few editions, a dose of impatience as well.

         
Today7/216/306/165/265/54/284/7PlayerComment
11111112Matt KempHasn't homered in past 10 games, but still has .873 OPS in that time.
22222441Clayton KershawHis 13 HR allowed matches career high, with seven weeks to go.
33333334Hiroki KurodaLeads NL in wild pitches with 11, has 23 in past two seasons.
44454223Andre EthierNext double (No. 194) will tie him for seventh in L.A. Dodger history with Wes Parker.
55545965Jamey CarrollBest perfect season in steals in L.A. Dodger history is Eric Karros and Greg Brock with eight; Carroll is 10 for 10.
611121019------Javy GuerraHas 0.55 ERA, 9.4 K/9 since June 11.
79112217182024Kenley JansenHis 14.8 K/9 leads MLB pitchers (minimum 30 innings).
889822------Rubby De La RosaEnds up striking out 112 in 100 2/3 pro innings in 2011. Will still only be 24 in 2013.
966713202120Aaron Miles.238 OBP, .286 slugging since All-Star break.
1029------------Juan RiveraIn less than a month, has matched or surpassed Thames in virtually every category.
1110101515101522Blake HawksworthLefties were 6 for 60 with one homer against Hawksworth in 2011 before Phillies teed off in sixth inning Wednesday.
12771666718Chad BillingsleyIn 0-for-15 slump at plate with eight strikeouts.
1324212321------Scott ElbertOpponents have .239 OBP, .244 slugging against Elbert since June 12.
14161411--------Josh LindblomNo homers allowed and has lowest WHIP on Dodger staff: 1.00 in 15 innings.
151323198111113Mike MacDougalHas 9.53 ERA in ninth inning, 0.98 ERA rest of time.
16171512167510Casey BlakeThanks for signing a baseball for my son Tuesday, Casey.
172017610171814Ted LillyNL's first 25-25 pitcher (homers-steals) since Padres' Chris Young in 2006.
1812182928141712Tony Gwynn Jr.Three hits, nine strikeouts in past 21 at-bats.
1921191391396Rod BarajasHas 10 HR, seven 2B. Rick Monday had 11 HR, one 2B in 1981.
202526211412128Matt GuerrierEyeing sixth consecutive year with exactly one save. No MLB reliever has ever had seven.
211824181158--Jon GarlandHis 1.4 K/BB ratio (before injury, of course) worst since 2002.
22191630--------Trent OeltjenHad two SB in MLB debut, has three in 65 games since.
2322221771614--Jerry Sands1.096 OPS at home, .640 OPS on road in Triple-A.
2414139--------Dee GordonCurrent 6.0 SB/BB ratio (12/2) is top-five in NL history.
2527252820212215A.J. EllisHas .487 OBP in Triple-A road games this year.
26263235272729--Dioner NavarroHad 1.038 OPS in 2008 ALDS.
272827251830----Jay GibbonsNice play by Jay here.
28312926241519--Vicente PadillaDennis Martinez reportedly tutored Padilla on changeup as an amateur. Padilla is second all-time to Martinez in strikeouts by Nicaraguan pitcher.
29--------------Nathan EovaldiFifth 11th-round draft choice by Dodgers to reach majors.
3034373629252711Xavier Paul.331 OBP vs. righties this season. .115 vs. lefties.
3130353231------Juan CastroHis last name is the same as a longtime ruler of Cuba.
323230272519169Jonathan BroxtonNot expected to pitch again this season before late September, if then.
331581423322317James LoneyWorst OPS in NL since All-Star break: .416.
342320201281025Juan UribeMaking little progress in recovery, reports MLB.com.
353536333029----Russ MitchellLast week's PCL Player of the Week: 14 for 30 with 31 total bases.
36363124333533--Ramon TroncosoIn first MLB game, 4/1/08, faced one batter, got double-play grounder.
37373837322626--John ElyK/9 ratio in Triple-A goes from 7.4 in 2010 to 5.9 this year.
3838403934283021Hector GimenezThree HR in 46 AB at Spring Training, five HR in 159 AB in Double-A.
39394140353131--Jamie HoffmannSet record for consecutive errorless games by PCL outfielder.
4042393837332726Ivan De Jesus Jr.Had game-winning RBI in Chicago on May 2.
4133283426221319Marcus ThamesLast week, it was reported that Thames had suffered an undisclosed injury and left Yankees' Tampa facility.
424433313623247Rafael FurcalHas played every inning for St. Louis in nine games this month, with .595 OPS.
4343424239343223Lance CormierRough July in Durham: 17 2/3 innings, six runs.
4441344138242516Hong-Chih KuoIt says something about this town's appreciation of Kuo that no one has called for his release.
4540------------Eugenio VelezHad a three-hit game against Dodgers in 2008, 2009 and 2010.






Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireUnsung shining light: Kenley Jansen
This is a good time to wonder if the Dodgers will reach the magic number of 50 players in a season. It's only happened twice in Los Angeles Dodger history: 53 players in 1998, and 50 players in 2006. Last year's team fell one player short, finishing at 49.

Juan Rivera became the Dodgers' 44th player this season. Trayvon Robinson is sure to get a promotion before season's end. Can they get five more? Others who might be candidates, as rewards for fine minor-league seasons, include pitchers Dana Eveland and Nathan Eovaldi and first baseman-outfielder Scott Van Slyke. (Each would require a 40-man roster move, but that's doable.)

But to get to 50, the Dodgers will probably have to be involved the trade market. For example, if Hiroki Kuroda were sent somewhere, they might get a prospect who would get a look in the majors, or create an opening for Eveland. If Jamey Carroll were traded, that could open the door for Justin Sellers before season's end.

In short, 50 is reachable, but the Dodgers are gonna have to want it. Do they want it? Do they feel lucky? Well, do they, punk?

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Reminder: The Dodger Cogs and Dogs rankings are a mixture of subjectivity and objectivity and encompass season-to-date major-league performance, not what they've done lately. And it's still really hard to do these days.


        
Today6/306/165/265/54/284/7PlayerComment
1111112Matt KempHad a 20-game, .694 OPS "slump" in April-May. Current slump is worse, but nothing to panic over.
2222441Clayton KershawThis is probably closest Kershaw has been to top Cog in some time.
3333334Hiroki KurodaFor Dodgers with above-average ERA, Kuroda has lowest winning percentage since Tom Candiotti (7-14) in 1995.
4454223Andre EthierSurprisingly, has become NL leader among RF UZR/150.
5545965Jamey CarrollMLB leader in pinch-hitting BA since 2002 (39-for-110, .355)
66713202120Aaron MilesHit .185 for '09 Cubs, hitting .303 in 157 games (411 PA) since.
771666718Chad BillingsleyNo shortage of good moments this year, but right now it's his worst season ever (88 ERA+, 4.07 ERA)
89822------Rubby De La RosaHis 3.87 pitches per batter: on par with other Dodger starters, not as bad as I would have thought.
9112217182024Kenley JansenOpponents are 3 for 38 with seven walks, 17 strikeouts since he returned from DL.
10101515101522Blake HawksworthWith scrap-heaper Miles milesdly outperforming Ryan Theriot, Dodgers win the Hawksworth trade.
11121019------Javy GuerraHis easy save of Kershaw's Wednesday start was much appreciated.
12182928141712Tony Gwynn Jr..393 OBP in 118 PA since June 1.
1323198111113Mike MacDougalTurnaround: Has stranded 10 of 12 runners since June 12 with 0.73 ERA, two walks in 12 IP.
14139--------Dee GordonHas .368 OBP, .463 slugging since returning to minors.
1581423322317James LoneyPerhaps not since Willie Davis has there been a Dodger who fiddled more with his batting approach.
161411--------Josh LindblomFine year continues with eight baserunners, 13 strikeouts in 12 innings in July.
171512167510Casey BlakeHad 571 PA last year, probably won't break 200 this year.
1824181158--Jon GarlandWas the youngest player in the American League in 2000.
191630--------Trent OeltjenI almost forgot he was on team when he came up to pinch-hit Wednesday: 0 for 2 with two SH since July 5.
2017610171814Ted LillyHasn't gone seven innings or 100 pitches in past eight starts (5.82 ERA).
22221771614--Jerry SandsStruggling in July with .633 OPS for Albuquerque, including 3-for-33 slump.
21191391396Rod BarajasSeven HR, .736 OPS by May 13/one HR, .451 OPS since.
2320201281025Juan Uribe0 for 4 Wednesday, knocking slugging percentage below .300.
24212321------Scott ElbertStill finding his way, but seven strikeouts, only one walk in seven innings since June 12.
2526211412128Matt GuerrierSince June 7: 6.39 ERA, six of 10 inherited runners scored.
263235272729--Dioner NavarroThanks to his Wednesday homer, his 2011 OPS almost matches Ellis.
27252820212215A.J. EllisNo extra-base hits in 45 MLB at-bats this year.
2827251830----Jay GibbonsWith Gwynn and Rivera on board, he'd now have a safe role as PH.
29------------Juan RiveraMarichal, Castro, Encarnacion, Pierre, Uribe, Rivera.
30353231------Juan CastroPassed over for hitting coach position.
312926241519--Vicente PadillaStill a safe bet to finish third on team in saves.
3230272519169Jonathan BroxtonHas not resumed throwing, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
33283426221319Marcus ThamesEnded up doing better against righties than lefties as a Dodger.
34373629252711Xavier PaulNot doing anything special … except playing for a pennant contender.
3536333029----Russ MitchellFollowed 5-for-5 game Monday by going 2 for 2 with two walks Tuesday.
363124333533--Ramon TroncosoRemains inconsistent in Triple-A.
373837322626--John ElyWill compete with Dana Eveland for promotion if Dodgers trade Kuroda?
38403934283021Hector GimenezHas 114 chances at 1B, 114 chances at C for Chattanooga.
394140353131--Jamie HoffmannTied for 26th in MLB history for career hits by players born on August 20. Blake DeWitt is eighth.
40------------Eugenio VelezPointless.
41344138242516Hong-Chih KuoAs rough as his season has been, would a contender take a flyer on him?
42393837332726Ivan De Jesus Jr.Having his best month, reducing doubts that he'd remain on 40-man roster next season.
43424239343223Lance CormierHad 3.02 ERA over final two months of 2010.
4433313623247Rafael FurcalI'm guessing he has one last finishing kick of greatness in a Dodger uniform before he goes.


Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireAaron Miles, .311 hitter.
Painful. Just painful to try to rank these guys. It is a dog-eat-cog world.

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Today6/165/265/54/284/7PlayerComment
111112Matt KempOPS has not dipped below .920 at any point this season.
222441Clayton KershawIn innings 1-2 in 2011, opponents are 13 for 115 (.113) with five walks, 42 K.
333334Hiroki KurodaHas 3.10 ERA but on pace for 18 losses, most by Dodger since Don Sutton in '69.
454223Andre EthierHas .392 OBP; L.A. Dodgers have had 17 players finish at .400.
545965Jamey CarrollSince going 7 for 10 in Colorado, he is 5 for 31.
6713202120Aaron MilesMeet June's NL batting champ (.419).
71666718Chad BillingsleyExpected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) of 3.31, compared to 4.22 ERA.
81423322317James Loney.365 OBP since May 1. Bat him second, Kemp third, Ethier fourth?
9822------Rubby De La Rosa6.75 ERA at home, 2.50 ERA on road.
101515101522Blake HawksworthSince coming off DL: seven baserunners, two earned runs in 10 2/3 innings.
112217182024Kenley JansenOpponents 1 for 19 with three walks, nine strikeouts since return from DL.
121019------Javy GuerraNeeds six saves to pass Broxton for team lead. In 82 games, Dodgers have had 21 save opps.
139--------Dee GordonObjectively, should be optioned when Furcal returns. Subjectively …
1411--------Josh LindblomHas really Lind-bloomed this year - looks more like future relief mainstay.
1512167510Casey BlakeEven with three-hit game Monday, had .250 OBP, .261 slugging in June (73 PA).
1630--------Trent OeltjenRaised OBP to .481 in 28 plate appearances.
17610171814Ted Lilly37 HR allowed in past 12 months; Kershaw has allowed 39 HR in career.
182928141712Tony Gwynn Jr.Tied for NL lead in OF assists with eight.
191391396Rod BarajasSteady as ever: eight homers, eight walks.
20201281025Juan UribeProbably the Dodgers' most valuable defensive player this year.
212321------Scott ElbertHas faced seven batters since June 14 (0 for 6 with BB).
221771614--Jerry Sands.398 OBP, .603 slugging in AAA since demotion.
23198111113Mike MacDougalSpent 10 minutes looking for an interesting note, came up empty.
24181158--Jon GarlandSo, who remembers Garland's complete game this year?
252820212215A.J. EllisCareer .355 OBP now. Let him start.
26211412128Matt GuerrierNine of past 14 baserunners allowed have scored.
27251830----Jay GibbonsOne HR in first 25 G with Albuquerque, two HR in his past three G.
283426221319Marcus ThamesSince starting season 6 for 42 (.143), has gone 7 for 22 (.318).
2926241519--Vicente PadillaStill second on Dodgers in saves with three.
30272519169Jonathan BroxtonCould have fewest saves (7) for team leader since Bobby Castillo in 1979.
3124333533--Ramon TroncosoFull name is Ramon Landestoy Troncoso. Like the former infielder, was born in Peravia province of Dominican Republic.
3235272729--Dioner NavarroIn past 64 PA, has seven hits, five walks (.194 OBP).
33313623247Rafael FurcalLooking good in rehab: 18 PA in four games, .444 OBP.
344138242516Hong-Chih KuoCould be first Dodger pitcher whose ERA multiplies by 10 in one year (1.20 to 11.05).
353231------Juan Castro2,849 career PA, one HBP.
36333029----Russ MitchellEndured an 0-for-7 for Isotopes on Monday.
373629252711Xavier PaulBatted .297 in June, but with only two walks.
3837322626--John ElyOn June 29, 2010, Ely had his eighth and final quality start of season.
393837332726Ivan De Jesus Jr.Doesn't seem to be a there there.
403934283021Hector GimenezHas .747 OPS for Double-A Chattanooga.
4140353131--Jamie HoffmannSecond on Isotopes with 13 homers.
424239343223Lance CormierHas 3.14 ERA for Durham in 14 1/3 innings.


Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesJosh Lindblom has allowed one run and nine baserunners in his first nine MLB innings.
The impossible task continues.

There's Matt Kemp at No. 1, undisputed and glorious. There are Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda, Andre Ethier and Jamey Carroll having seasons that, despite some inconsistency, you don't need to be ashamed of. There's an increasingly competent Ted Lilly, and a tip of the hat to Aaron Miles.

And then, the morass.

Playing time, on a cumulative basis, is one of the factors I've used in my Dodger Cogs and Dogs rankings, but as I tried to figure out how to fill out just the top 10, nothing made sense anymore. So I decided to blow things up a little.

I pushed the new kids, who came late to the 2011 Dodgers but who are providing most of the energy to this team and most of the reason to watch, into the upper echelon. That means Rubby De La Rosa at No. 8, despite only 15 innings (occasionally wild) this season. That means Dee "Roadrunner" Gordon and his 36 plate appearances without a walk at No. 9. That means young relievers Javy Guerra and Josh Lindblom, with their combined 21 1/3 career innings, at No. 10 and No. 11.

And then Casey Blake, Rod Barajas and James Loney, who have all played more and made contributions here and there, but had too many issues for me to feel good about having them in the top 10.

Dodger Cogs and Dogs has always been subjective, and perhaps never more so than today. But at least I wasn't left aching as I completed the task.

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Before we proceed to the rankings, one final note ...

I want to call out the item on Jonathan Broxton below: "Fifth in MLB history in K/9 (11.55), minimum 300 G."

Broxton should be back with the Dodgers in a few weeks, with what figures to be about three months left in his Dodger career. I know he's let a lot of people down, and with the way the Dodger fortunes have unfolded since 2010, his postseason mistakes haunt us more than ever.

His career might have gone into reverse, but it's not as if there wasn't excellence there. Call him one-dimensional if you want, but what a dimension.

All-time MLB strikeouts per nine innings (minimum 300 games)
12.17 Rob Dibble
12.00 Brad Lidge
11.92 Billy Wagner
11.67 Carlos Marmol
11.55 Jonathan Broxton

No, this doesn't mean everything, but like his dominance for much of his career before last summer, it means something.

When he comes back, is there any way, any way at all, that Dodger fans might not boo Broxton every time he touches the ball?

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One more thing. In case you thought customer service was dead at Dodger Stadium, here's a great story from Evan Bladh at Opinion of Kingman's Performance.

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Today5/265/54/284/7PlayerComment
11112Matt KempHas reached base at least twice in 11 of last 12 starts.
22441Clayton KershawIn 15 starts, has allowed 6 total runs in first three innings.
33334Hiroki KurodaHas lowest ERA of his career, but is tied for MLB lead in losses.
45965Jamey CarrollHas .444 OBP on road this season.
54223Andre EthierOne HR in past 136 plate appearances.
610171814Ted LillyFirst hit of season raised him to 2 for 47 as Dodger.
713202120Aaron MilesHitting .353 since May 8.
822------Rubby De La RosaSo, he's gonna be in Dodger rotation all season then? Need to watch his innings.
9--------Dee GordonMarquis Grissom had 124 PA as a Dodger before his first walk.
1019------Javy GuerraOnly four of his 21 baserunners allowed have scored.
11--------Josh LindblomLowered ERA to 1.00, making case to stay on club.
12167510Casey BlakeOn pace for 70 games this season.
1391396Rod BarajasHas .264 OBP/.389 slugging. Mets released him last year with .263 OBP/.414 slugging.
1423322317James Loney41 doubles in 2010, on pace for 16 this year.
1515101522Blake HawksworthHas no strikeouts in seven innings (nine games) since May 3.
1666718Chad BillingsleyHis ERA+ is now below Loney's OPS+, for what that's worth.
1771614--Jerry Sands29 at-bats, three hits, one demotion since last Cogs.
181158--Jon GarlandWell, he was a better signing than Jason Schmidt.
198111113Mike MacDougalEleven of 26 inherited runners have scored.
201281025Juan UribeHad 13 doubles, 11 HR after 70 games last year, nine 2B, three HR this year.
211412128Matt GuerrierScoreless inning Wednesday was first in five games.
2217182024Kenley JansenYounger than Elbert, Guerra and Lindblom. Looking forward to his return.
2321------Scott ElbertAfter first rough patch of season, needs to show he can bounce back again.
24333533--Ramon TroncosoStill rising: Unscored upon in seven of past eight appearances.
251830----Jay GibbonsIt's as if the Dodgers suddenly discovered he was one-dimensional.
26241519--Vicente PadillaDoesn't look like he'll have any HBPs this year.
272519169Jonathan BroxtonFifth in MLB history in K/9 (11.55), minimum 300 G.
2820212215A.J. EllisZero HR, 26 walks for Isotopes this season (.457 OBP).
2928141712Tony Gwynn Jr.Has .553 OPS, below what he had with Padres in 2010.
30--------Trent OeltjenWas a batboy for Lasorda-managed U.S. in 2000 Olympic gold medal game in Sydney.
313623247Rafael FurcalWednesday marked anniversary of five-hit game.
3231------Juan CastroHas started four games at first base in his career.
333029----Russ MitchellFor Isotopes: .910 OPS at home., .633 away.
3426221319Marcus ThamesHe's barely hitting Dee Gordon's weight.
35272729--Dioner Navarro2 for his last 25 (and yes, that lowered his average).
3629252711Xavier PaulOn Wednesday, hit first HR since 5/15/09.
37322626--John ElyIn past three starts for Albuquerque: 10 1/3 IP, 30 H, 15.68 ERA.
3837332726Ivan De Jesus Jr.Slugged .405 in minors last year, .315 this year.
3934283021Hector GimenezHas .741 OPS since returning to minors.
40353131--Jamie HoffmannOn Wednesday, in his 1,000th Triple-A AB, got his 300th hit.
4138242516Hong-Chih KuoHad a 25-pitch shutout inning for Isotopes on Weds.
4239343223Lance CormierNow wearing the uniform of the Durham Bulls.


Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesRamon Troncoso - rising.
So, by now you know that the Dodger Cogs and Dogs rankings have always been a mixture of subjectivity and objectivity. For today's batch, there was an additional factor throw into the mix: exasperation.

In more cheerful news, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga scored 25 runs Wednesday, with Angelo Songco hitting for the cycle.

     
Today5/54/284/7PlayerComment
1112Matt KempAccording to Fangraphs, the best CF in the NL in 2011.
2441Clayton KershawWill contend for NL strikeout title, but I'm guessing not wins.
3334Hiroki KurodaRough outing Sunday lifted his ERA above 3.00 and slowed his All-Star bid.
4223Andre EthierEnters the final days of May with one homer, no doubles in the month.
5965Jamey CarrollLeads MLB shortstops in OBP.
66718Chad BillingsleyHis 0.64 HR/9 is best by a Dodger since Hershiser (minimum 800 IP).
71614--Jerry SandsFourth on the team in RBI, and closing in on Uribe.
8111113Mike MacDougalPitched three consecutive days for first time since September '09.
91396Rod BarajasKemp and Barajas have combined for 19 of Dodgers' 36 HR.
10171814Ted LillyDespite allowing 10th homer in 11th start, moved ahead of Garland in ERA.
1158--Jon GarlandERA rose from 3.55 to 4.75 in last start.
1281025Juan UribeFrom May 13-18, went from five to 11 walks.
13202120Aaron MilesLast Dodger to bat at least .280 with OBP below .300: Wilton Guerrero.
1412128Matt GuerrierGave up first extra-base hit of 2011 to a lefty in ninth inning Weds.
15101522Blake HawksworthStruck out two in shutout inning Wednesday for Rancho Cucamonga.
167510Casey BlakeReached base 29 times in his 14 games.
17182024Kenley JansenFerocious strikeout rate should help him avoid pulling a Yhency.
1830----Jay GibbonsSecond-most total bases (51) in Dodger history for player with below 30 career hits. (Marlon Anderson)
19------Javy GuerraUnscored upon in five of six appearances.
20212215A.J. Ellis.443 OBP in Albuquerque, 12 walks, four strikeouts.
21------Scott ElbertOpponents are 1 for 11 with one walk this year.
22------Rubby De La RosaPedro Martinez shut out Reds in eighth and ninth inning of MLB debut.
23322317James Loney0-for-4 Wednesday ended 10-game hitting streak.
241519--Vicente PadillaJune will come with only 8 2/3 innings under his belt.
2519169Jonathan BroxtonFor a guy who claimed not to be hurt for so long, sure out a long time.
26221319Marcus ThamesGibbons has surged ahead with eight hits to Thames' six.
272729--Dioner NavarroWent 4 for 12 subbing for Barajas in Houston.
28141712Tony Gwynn Jr.This month: 1 for 24 with two walks, one steal.
29252711Xavier PaulIn 3-for-25 slump for Pittsburgh.
3029----Russ MitchellMost total bases (19) in Dodger history for player with below 10 career hits.
31------Juan CastroIn 17th MLB season, got 600th career hit Saturday.
322626--John ElyHas 3.78 ERA, compared to 6.19 for spring rival Redding.
333533--Ramon TroncosoThe impossible dream - out of last place.
34283021Hector GimenezHas same birthday as my brother, and one more career hit.
353131--Jamie HoffmannIsotopes' HR leader with nine this year.
3623247Rafael FurcalThey say he was rushed back, but he was 5 for 13 with three walks in Alb.
37332726Ivan De Jesus Jr.Has one double, no HR in 51 AB for Albuquerque.
38242516Hong-Chih KuoLast May, pitched 10 2/3 innings, six baserunners, no runs, 15 K.
39343223Lance CormierLefties were 5 for 28 against him.


Jake Roth/US PresswireNon-roster Spring Training invitee Mike MacDougal has the lowest ERA on the pitching staff.
I don't know, maybe I'm going about this all wrong.

When you can't even find 10 players you really feel good about ranking out of a group of 35, maybe you need to start ranking something else. For example, if I were ranking TV Cogs and Dogs, I wouldn't start to worry I was running out of great players after Ron Swanson and Raylan Givens.

I dare say that after rounding out my top 10 with an injured Casey Blake, hit-by-pitch magnet Juan Uribe, a slumping Jamey Carroll and a battle between relievers Blake Hawksworth and Mike MacDougal, I'm ready to go back to reading about all the challenges that Josh Fisher lists for Dodger monitor Tom Schieffer and wondering how Frank McCourt can blame Major League Baseball for the Dodgers' inability to make 1/12th of his $100 million-or-so payroll at the end of this month. I mean, Luke Walton probably has enough saved to cut the Dodger players their paychecks.

Anyway, as always, Cogs and Dogs mixes subjectivity and objectivity and focuses on what's already happened, not what's likely to happen. And afterword, don't miss Mike Petriello's interview at Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness with Albuquerque Examiner writer Christopher Jackson about the Isotopes, which is overflowing with interesting information.

    
Today4/284/7PlayerComment
112Matt KempStill rates slightest edge over Ethier, but back to nearly a strikeout per game.
223Andre EthierIf elbow trouble is chronic, put Dodgers out to pasture.
334Hiroki Kuroda36-year-old on track to lower ERA for third straight year.
441Clayton KershawAllowing HRs at career-high 1.2 per nine innings.
58--Jon GarlandIn past three starts, only 18 baserunners in 22 innings.
6718Chad Billingsley1.98 ERA, .554 OPS against him in past four starts.
7510Casey Blake.956 OPS will keep him in top 10 for a little longer if no one steps up.
81025Juan UribePostgame X-rays on hand were negative.
965Jamey CarrollIn 4-for-28 slump (with two walks).
101522Blake Hawksworth.203 opponents' batting average lowest on team (minimum 10 innings)
111113Mike MacDougalKeeps walking guys but ERA remains below 1.00
12128Matt GuerrierMost innings on staff without allowing home run.
1396Rod BarajasFour walks, 26 strikeouts.
141712Tony Gwynn Jr.Should see more playing time if Ethier is out for long.
1519--Vicente PadillaFour straight hitless innings (two walks).
1614--Jerry SandsFewest PA (55) of any Dodger ever with at least six doubles in career.
171814Ted LillyNo one noticing, but only two quality starts in seven tries.
182024Kenley JansenWorking on that second pitch? Gave up 3-R HR for Chattanooga Wednesday.
19169Jonathan BroxtonAllowing .387 OBP this season.
202120Aaron MilesThis year's Angel Berroa.
212215A.J. Ellis.438 OBP in Triple-A since demotion.
221319Marcus Thames.501 OPS as a starter (21 plate appearances).
23247Rafael FurcalLast played April 11, hopefully will start baseball activities soon.
242516Hong-Chih KuoStrikeouts are there, just needs sharper control (and health).
252711Xavier PaulWas 6 for 14 with Pirates before 0 for 5 on Wednesday.
2626--John ElyFive runs, 15 strikeouts in past 19 1/3 innings.
2729--Dioner NavarroKnocked his second hit of season.
283021Hector Gimenez35 days since his last game – 60-day DL beckons.
29----Russ MitchellAfter no BB in 2010, walked in first '11 plate appearance.
30----Jay GibbonsFirst three AB were three strikeouts on 24 total pitches.
3131--Jamie HoffmannOn another Triple-A hot streak: 1.004 OPS.
322317James LoneyFriday marks one month since last extra-base hit.
332726Ivan De Jesus Jr.Most at-bats on team (28) without extra-base hit.
343223Lance Cormier24 pitches thrown since April 15.
3533--Ramon TroncosoEight earned runs allowed in past 9 1/3 minor-league innings.

US Presswire/Getty ImagesThe hit men
This might have been the best 1-2 battle in this history of Dodger Cogs and Dogs. I gave the nod to Matt Kemp, but feel free to throw your support Andre Ethier's way.

And if Clayton Kershaw could have closed out his recent starts more strongly, it might have been a three-way battle.

Anyway, there was lots of activity in the 20-game stretch since the last Cogs and Dogs, but the overall picture is the same: There's a guy in the top 10 who isn't hitting .200.

As always, Cogs and Dogs mixes subjectivity and objectivity and focuses on what's already happened, not what's likely to happen.

Today4/7PlayerComment
12Matt KempIt's been a good year when an .804 OPS over past 10 games is a slump.
23Andre EthierEthier's hot start isn't just luck, writes Chris Cwik of Fangraphs.
34Hiroki KurodaFive walks, 23 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings.
41Clayton KershawHas been removed mid-inning in past four starts.
510Casey BlakeStuck on the sidelines with a .956 OPS.
65Jamey CarrollOn pace to play in 156 games in 2011.
718Chad BillingsleyGroundout/flyout ratio above 1.0 for first time in career.
8--Jon GarlandThree walks in 20 innings.
96Rod BarajasOn pace to bat .182 with 31 homers.
1025Juan UribeNine of his 13 RBI this season came in 40-hour stretch.
1113Mike MacDougalI'm surprised Old School fans haven't mentioned him as a closer candidate.
128Matt GuerrierChicago outing was worst-timed relief outing of Dodger season.
1319Marcus ThamesFive starts this season, none since April 13.
14--Jerry SandsAfter nine games, he's third on team in doubles.
1522Blake HawksworthA RHP who has held lefties to .174 OBP. Righties have .367 OBP.
169Jonathan BroxtonDon Mattingly said Broxton's elbow was "barky" Wednesday, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
1712Tony Gwynn Jr.Puts the ball in play: 53 plate appearances, two walks, five strikeouts.
1814Ted LillyOpponents hitting .321 against him (.359 BABIP).
19--Vicente Padilla39th player to notch a save and a shutout as L.A. Dodger.
2024Kenley JansenSeven strikeouts in past two games, 20 in 12 1/3 innings in '11.
2120Aaron MilesEighth on team in plate appearances and climbing.
2215A.J. EllisTied for fifth on team in walks with four.
2317James LoneyDoubled on Opening Day - none since.
247Rafael FurcalFive hits in April not exactly what Dodgers hoped for.
2516Hong-Chih KuoRehab struggles indicate activation isn't imminent.
26--John ElyTied for second on team in times caught stealing.
2711Xavier PaulDodger career ends with .280 OBP, one homer.
2726Ivan De Jesus Jr..313 OBP vs. starters, .000 OBP vs. relievers.
29--Dioner NavarroBe sure to check the splits on Navarro's 2011.
3021Hector GimenezOne of 74 players with exactly one career hit as Los Angeles Dodger.
31--Jamie Hoffmann0 for 4 in brief stint.
3223Lance CormierHas pitched one inning since April 15.
33--Ramon TroncosoHow do you give up 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings?


Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireThe Dodgers' second-best hitter of the young season, Andre Ethier has reached base 11 times but scored zero runs.
Welcome to the first edition of Dodger Cogs and Dogs, 2011.

As before, Cogs and Dogs is my ranking of the most valuable Dodgers of the year, top to bottom, mixing subjectivity and objectivity and focused on what's already happened, not what's likely to happen.

The final Cogs and Dogs of 2010 left us with only five players that you didn't have much or any reason to complain about. This year's debut installment isn't much different.

Today 2010 Player Comment
1 1 Clayton Kershaw Came up huge on Opening Day, solid enough in second start
2 6 Matt Kemp Has Dodgers' only stolen base in six games.
3 4 Andre Ethier .440 OBP but no extra-base hits
4 2 Hiroki Kuroda Efficient first start nearly ended in no-decision.
5 9 Jamey Carroll He's back: .412 on-base percentage, playing in every game.
6 19 Rod Barajas .824 OPS third among regulars.
7 7 Rafael Furcal Gonzalez' catch cost him glory and higher cog rating.
8 -- Matt Guerrier Two perfect innings with two strikeouts in Colorado.
9 13 Jonathan Broxton People question his guts, but no player faced greater pressure so far.
10 8 Casey Blake Hottest hitter on the team.
11 33 Xavier Paul Batting .400, might outlast Gimenez after all.
12 -- Tony Gwynn Jr. Showed off defense Tuesday, but no steal attempts yet.
13 -- Mike MacDougal Five batters, four outs.
14 11 Ted Lilly Strong first start just got away from him.
15 22 A.J. Ellis Carried red-hot September into current 1-for-1 season.
16 5 Hong-Chih Kuo 22 pitches in each of his first two games.
17 10 James Loney 24 plate appearances, four hits, no walks.
18 3 Chad Billingsley Career ERA at Coors Field now 7.24.
19 -- Marcus Thames His triple on Sunday might have been a gift, but at least he got it out there.
20 -- Aaron Miles Six air-outs in 11 at-bats for a player who hasn't homered since '08.
21 -- Hector Gimenez One hit better than De Jesus.
22 -- Blake Hawksworth Fourth-inning homer allowed Wednesday costly.
23 -- Lance Cormier Needs nine more innings to have longer Dodger career than Lance Carter.
24 16 Kenley Jansen Nice to see him bounce back with two shutout innings Wednesday.
25 -- Juan Uribe Four games, two singles, one somersault.
26 -- Ivan De Jesus Jr. .125 OPS, 71% strikeout rate

Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireClayton Kershaw: 22 years old, 2.91 ERA, 212 strikeouts
When I started doing Cogs and Dogs this spring, I had no idea ... about anything. No idea where it would lead or if I would keep it going. In the end, I made it through the season with only a couple of missed off days, and I feel it was worth it in all its strange triviality.

The main thing I didn't anticipate was how weak the list would look in the top 10. In the first five spots, you'll find players who had unquestionably solid seasons. But then, starting at the No. 6 position, you have one of the year's biggest disappointments, an injury-riddled shortstop, an aging third baseman prone to deep slumps, a homerless bench player and a first baseman who barely OPSed .700. And that, really, says as much as anything why the Dodgers aren't playing any more this month

It seems appropriate to me that the top three spots go to the season-long stalwarts of the Dodger starting rotation, and that the top spot itself go to the team's one truly exceptional player from start to finish in 2010, Clayton Kershaw. He was not only steady, almost never seeming to disappoint, but he was also the one guy who, as the year went by, most gave you that "What will he do next?" feeling. He's a special player. Hopefully, a few more Dodgers can follow in his footsteps next year.

Here's the final list, in all its dope and glory ...

Final 9/13 8/23 8/9 7/26 7/12 High Low Player Comment
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 20 Clayton Kershaw In a year that taught us the dangers of too much hope, he was the exception that disproved the rule.
2 2 2 3 3 5 1 5 Hiroki Kuroda Simply one of my favorite Dodgers of the past several years.
3 4 4 6 10 10 4 12 Chad Billingsley One of the year's best stories. What a thrill to see him come back so strong.
4 3 3 4 4 3 1 11 Andre Ethier Mr. Intensity, Mr. Walkoff, ended with solid numbers but became kind of an afterthought. Was it injuries?
5 6 6 5 7 8 6 18 Hong-Chih Kuo It was a privilege this year, Hong-Chih.
6 7 7 10 8 9 1 11 Matt Kemp He finished strong. Hurdles happen, but next season will be a proving ground.
7 5 5 2 2 2 2 14 Rafael Furcal Such talent handicapped by that sore body. Not sure what can be done about it.
8 10 13 12 11 11 6 16 Casey Blake A really likeable player, straining for excellence, but gravity gets all of us in the end.
9 8 8 15 16 14 8 21 Jamey Carroll The Engergizer bunny. He was the glue that held together this … well, fourth-place team, but still, good glue.
10 9 9 7 5 6 5 24 James Loney If 2011 were 1977, Tommy Lasorda would just tell Loney to hit more home runs - and he would - and we'd all rejoice.
11 13 17 25 NR NR 13 25 Ted Lilly Fun to watch when he's on a roll.
12 12 12 11 6 4 3 12 Manny Ramirez As time passes, it's going to be weird how brief the chaotic Ramirez era will seem. But no regrets. Not a one.
13 11 11 9 9 7 4 13 Jonathan Broxton Brad Lidge (ERAs by year: 6.23, 3.60, 1.90, 2.29, 5.28, 3.36, 1.95, 7.21, 2.96) welcomes Broxton to the world of ups and downs.
14 14 14 13 14 15 2 15 Russell Martin Just wondering if there's a way back home for him.
15 16 15 14 15 13 12 16 Blake DeWitt Worst comes to worst, maybe he morphs into Dave Hansen?
16 19 24 26 26 NR 24 26 Kenley Jansen An exciting debut - just hope he doesn't go Yhency on us. (Khenley?)
17 15 10 8 12 17 8 25 Vicente Padilla Thought he'd just be medicore, instead of horrible/absent/great/absent. Be safe this winter, Vicente.
18 20 16 16 17 21 7 21 Carlos Monasterios This guy pitched way above his station, including a 2.06 ERA in relief. He earned his roster spot all year.
19 22 NR NR NR NR 22 22 Rod Barajas Good home run power, but might be next year's Ronnie Belliard.
20 17 18 17 13 12 5 26 John Ely Prokapec of pickled peppers. Ely, don't leave me this way.
21 26 23 23 24 24 9 26 Ramon Troncoso 2009: Made you forget Cory Wade. 2010: Made you remember Cory Wade.
22 35 32 29 27 26 19 35 A.J. Ellis Not quite a John Lindsey story, but still a happy turn of events in September for this 29-year-old rookie.
23 21 27 33 NR NR 21 33 Jay Gibbons Fielded himself out of a chance to start for the Dodgers next year, but looks like a good part-timer to have.
24 23 21 28 NR NR 21 28 Ryan Theriot Still not convinced his defense is exceptional enough for that bat and that salary.
25 18 19 20 20 19 8 20 Reed Johnson Basically solid against lefties, despite walking only five times all year.
26 24 22 21 21 22 21 24 Travis Schlichting There's going to come a time when I forget about his four-inning shutout heroics against Arizona, but man, at the time, it seemed huge.
27 27 25 18 19 18 17 27 Ronald Belisario Belisario 2: Erratic Boogaloo
28 28 26 32 NR NR 26 32 Octavio Dotel We have to stop trading like this.
29 25 20 19 18 16 15 25 Jeff Weaver Tough second half knocks him back to non-roster status for next Spring Training.
30 29 28 34 NR NR 28 34 Scott Podsednik Honestly, he really, really didn't play well for the Dodgers. This trade was a bust.
31 31 30 27 25 25 23 31 Justin Miller Vintage case of the up-and-down AAAA reliever. Helped more than he hurt, I feel.
32 30 29 24 23 20 7 30 Ronnie Belliard Like George Costanza, sometimes you need to know when to leave the room.
33 32 31 22 22 23 15 32 Xavier Paul Didn't expect miracles from Paul, but was hoping for more than we got.
35 33 33 30 28 27 25 33 Jon Link Amid all the bullpen trouble, it's a little surprising he didn't get a bit longer of a look.
34 34 34 31 29 28 23 34 Brad Ausmus A million bucks for 22 times on base, but it was hard to feel bad about it Sunday.
36 36 36 36 35 36 26 36 George Sherrill From glory to the gallows. My disbelief over how bad it got for him hasn't gone away.
37 39 NR NR NR NR 39 39 Trent Oeltjen The Australian Chad Hermansen?
38 37 37 37 31 30 17 37 Ramon Ortiz Thinking about him now makes me feel like I aged years this season.
39 40 NR NR NR NR 40 40 John Lindsey Smile of the year award. We're holding a permanent spot for you in Dodger folklore.
40 38 NR NR NR NR 38 38 Juan Castro Strikeout, lineout, walk, strikeout, see ya …
41 41 38 38 32 31 27 41 Nick Green It's fascinating how worried the Dodgers were at one point about keeping him in the organization.
42 46 NR NR NR NR 46 46 Russ Mitchell 42 at-bats, 36 outs, two homers and no walks is one of the oddest debuts I can remember.
43 43 39 39 33 33 3 43 Charlie Haeger Had a thrilling first start, but it didn't get much more painful in 2010 than watching him go outless against Colorado.
44 42 35 35 30 29 29 42 Chin-Lung Hu Still waiting to see if he can reach Juan Castro heights for his career.
45 44 40 40 37 NR 37 44 James McDonald He may end up having a nothing career, but his departure still leaves a bad taste.
46 45 42 42 36 35 22 45 Russ Ortiz They got rid of him early. But next year, they'll just be another one.
47 47 41 41 34 34 16 47 Garret Anderson It was disconcerting to spend the year looking at someone younger than me seem so old. Now, he's back to being younger than me forever.
48 48 43 43 38 32 32 48 Scott Elbert Just four years ago, the future of Elbert and Greg Miller looked unlimited.
49 49 44 44 39 NR 39 49 Jack Taschner In the end, I have tremendous respect for anyone who makes it this far.

Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireJeff Weaver - middling player of a middling team.

Man, this takes a long time to do now.
        
9/138/238/97/267/12HighLowPlayerComment
11111120Clayton KershawNeeds three strikeouts to become youngest Dodger with 200K since Ramon Martinez (1990).
2233515Hiroki KurodaLosing record (27-29) as Dodger despite 3.59 career ERA.
33443111Andre Ethier.716 OPS in 380 plate appearances since return from DL May 31.
4461010412Chad BillingsleyAfter decline from 9.0 K/9 in '08 to 7.4 in '10, this is a key stat to watch in '11.
55222214Rafael FurcalNeeds to play in 15 of Dodgers' final 19 games to reach 100.
66578618Hong-Chih KuoERA after first outing of season: 54.00. Has improved since.
771089111Matt KempWho are the only Dodgers besides Kemp to have 100 more K than BB? Cory Snyder and Mike Marshall.
88151614821Jamey CarrollCarroll, Kemp have team-high 49 walks; Ethier 48.
99756524James LoneyOne home run in past 36 starts.
1013121111616Casey BlakeCan we find a platoon partner for him? .943 OPS vs. lefties in '10.
1111997413Jonathan BroxtonSince minor-league debut in 2002, has never balked.
12121164312Manny RamirezLast home run was June 19.
131725NRNR1725Ted LillyWorst HR/9 rate (1.6) on Dodgers. Could become third L.A. Dodger pitcher to give up more homers than walks (min. 10 HR) after Newcombe, Mulholland.
1414131415215Russell MartinDespite injury, still ranks second in NL in catcher assists this season (59).
151081217825Vicente Padilla3.80 ERA in 151 1/3 innings as Dodger, including playoffs.
16151415131215Blake DeWittAfter good start, now in 8-for-56 slump with Cubs (three walks, one homer.)
1718171312526John ElyThrew over 100 pitches in first three Dodger starts, then only once in past 12.
1819202019820Reed JohnsonRemains strong against lefties, except for lack of home runs against them.
19242626NR2426Kenley JansenNo walks, seven strikeouts in past four outings (four innings).
2016161721721Carlos MonasteriosTied with Kuroda, Kershaw in race for most HR allowed by Dodger pitcher in '10, one behind Padilla.
212733NRNR2733Jay GibbonsHis HR on Sunday was 17th by a Dodger cleanup hitter in 2010.
22NRNRNRNRNRNRRod Barajas26th all-time in HR by L.A. Dodger catchers, one behind Navarro, Pena and Prince.
232128NRNR2128Ryan Theriot In 0-for-21 slump, with three walks.
24222121222124Travis SchlichtingOne of two Dodgers with 1.000 winning percentage this year.
25201918161522Jeff WeaverSunday outing was his first appearance in September. Has pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings since coming off DL in late August.
2623232424924Ramon TroncosoThree HR in 82 2/3 IP last year, seven in 44 2/3 this year.
27251819181725Ronald Belisario24 baserunners in 12 2/3 innings since return from restricted list.
282632NRNR2632Octavio DotelHas allowed more walks than hits as a Dodger.
292834NRNR2834Scott PodsednikBattling plantar fasciitis, according to Tony Jackson.
3029242320729Ronnie BelliardCareer batting average of .273, but never hit .300 in a single year.
31302725252330Justin MillerFinished AAA season with 1.95 ERA, 9.0 K/9.
32312222231531Xavier PaulTwelve HR with Isotopes this year, but no homers in 121 at-bats with Dodgers.
33333028272533Jon LinkOne of 42 pitchers used in Albuquerque this season.
34343129282334Brad AusmusWill finish career seventh all-time in games caught.
35322927261932A.J. EllisHasn't homered at any level since 2008.
36363635362636George SherrillStill probably has a good five years or so left as a pitcher who can get out lefties.
37373731301737Ramon OrtizRanks sixth all-time among Dominican-born pitchers in HR allowed (222).
38NRNRNRNRNRNRJuan CastroOldest Dodger to play one game for team in a year since Manny Mota in 1982.
39NRNRNRNRNRNRTrent OeltjenFirst "Oe" Dodger since Joe Oeschger in 1925.
40NRNRNRNRNRNRJohn LindseyHad .477 OBP, .719 slugging vs. lefties for Albuquerque.
41383832312738Nick GreenHas played for nine organizations in past seven years.
42353530292935Chin-Lung HuCareer batting average dropped below .200 Sunday.
4339393333339Charlie HaegerBookends with Isotopes: 0.7 HR/9, 7.0 BB/9.
44404037NR3740James McDonaldTake away seventh inning Aug. 27, and his Pirate ERA is 3.10 in seven starts.
45424236352242Russ OrtizThe Russ Ortiz era
seems so long ago. Baseball has a long season, doesn't it?
46NRNRNRNRNRNRRuss MitchellOf his 15 outs, 13 have been hit in the air.
47414134341641Garret AndersonSecond all-time to Ramirez in career hits for 1972-born players.
48434338323243Scott ElbertCareer minor-league K/9 is 10.4.
49444439NR3944Jack TaschnerSpent eight days on active roster.


Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesJamey Carroll is on track to lead the Dodgers in walks this season.
This Dog Days edition of Dodger Cogs and Dogs is dedicated to Jamey Carroll, who kept the Dodger shortstop position with Rafael Furcal out from looking like the Dodger catcher position with Russell Martin out. Thanks to attrition elsewhere and to his own steady play, I've elevated the 36-year-old Carroll to No. 4 among position players and No. 8 overall, and he might not be done climbing.

But of course, that kind of tells the story of the 2010 Dodgers. To take another example, you all know what a big supporter I am of Chad Billingsley, but if a 3.70 ERA gets you the No. 4 spot on the list, something has gone quite wrong with your team.

8/238/97/267/12HighLowPlayerComment
1111120Clayton KershawNext year, he gets rid of the first-inning walks and goes after the Cy Young.
233515Hiroki KurodaThe team's heart and soul?
3443111Andre EthierSlugging percentage past three years: .510, .508. .513.
461010612Chad BillingsleyERA now lower than Tim Lincecum's.
5222214Rafael FurcalMight not play 81 games this year.
6578718Hong-Chih KuoOpponents' slugging percentage now at .204 this year.
71089111Matt KempThe controversy has surely taken on a life of its own.
81516141321Jamey CarrollMost walks without a homer by any Dodger since Bill North in '78 (65).
9756524James Loney.344 BABIP in first half, .238 in second half.
1081217825Vicente PadillaHis meteoric rise to the top five got de-meteored.
11997413Jonathan BroxtonNow in that Sherrill-like phase where he can't get a streak of good games together.
121164312Manny RamirezNeeds 14 homerless games to match Furcal with eight homers in 76.
13121111616Casey BlakeOne strikeout every 4.33 plate appearances, Kemp 4.02.
14131415215Russell MartinOffseason decision on Martin's fate hasn't gotten any less interesting.
151415131215Blake DeWitt.831 OPS as a Cub.
16161721721Carlos MonasteriosFirst career major-league error might have cost him a win.
1725NRNR2525Ted LillyDodgers didn't get Cliff Lee - just someone who is pitching like him.
18171312526John ElyPlace your bets: Is he in the 2011 starting rotation?
19202019820Reed Johnson6 for 14 with double and homer since returning from DL in August.
201918161522Jeff WeaverCombined ERA of Weaver, Troncoso, Belisario and Sherrill: 5.47.
2128NRNR2828Ryan Theriot Will he and Carroll flip positions if they're playing together in 2011?
222121222124Travis SchlichtingTables turned: inherited runs harm his ERA for a change.
23232424924Ramon TroncosoBefore Sunday, he and Belisario had each allowed 39 hits in 39 innings.
242626NR2626Kenley JansenIn 9 2/3 innings, 13 baserunners and 13 strikeouts.
251819181725Ronald BelisarioRighties have hit him harder than lefties this year.
2632NRNR3232Octavio DotelOverall, he's done fine, but he missed his chance to make a difference.
2733NRNR3333Jay GibbonsTied for eighth on the Dodgers in homers.
2834NRNR3434Scott PodsednikAm I really supposed to be excited by a .337 OBP as a Dodger with no power?
29242320724Ronnie BelliardNeeds to avoid going 0 for 12 to keep batting average above .200 this year.
302725252327Justin MillerNine shutout innings of relief to start August for Isotopes.
312222231523Xavier PaulReturn to Albuquerque hasn't gone well: .669 OPS, zero homers in August.
322927261929A.J. EllisEllis, Ausmus now hitting a combined .203. What's the problem?
333028272530Jon LinkTen baserunners, three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, but I'd like another look at him.
343129282331Brad AusmusDoubled in first at-bat of season - no extra-base hits since.
353530292935Chin-Lung HuWent two for three in most recent game June 29 to put batting average at .300.
363635362636George SherrillNeeds four more outs to match longest scoreless inning streak of season (3 2/3 innings).
373731301737Ramon OrtizOur man Ramon is now a Durham Bull, with a 1.59 ERA after one start.
383832312738Nick GreenHis alma mater DeKalb College was renamed Georgia Perimeter in 1997.
39393333339Charlie HaegerRemember that home game against Colorado? That seems so long ago.
404037NR3740James McDonaldThree-run homer by David Wright in fifth torpedoed McDonald's start Saturday.
414134341641Garret AndersonIn counting stats, his career matches up more than a little with Steve Garvey's.
424236352242Russ OrtizA career .205 hitter with seven homers and 35 walks in 608 PA.
434338323243Scott ElbertWas within a strike of getting three bases-loaded outs in 2010 debut; then his entire year began to unravel on next pitch.
444439NR3944Jack TaschnerNick Hundley is the batter Taschner retired as a Dodger.


Danny Moloshok/APHong-Chih Kuo reaches the top five.

Well, the Dodgers just keep on adding players, and the Dodgers Cogs and Dogs machine keeps on churning. After using 45 players in 2007, 46 in 2008 and 47 in 2009, the Dodgers are already up to 44 now with an eye on 48 – or even 50, the total from 2005.

Remember that the rankings are partly subjective, and encompass value for the entire 2010 season.

      
8/97/267/12HighLowPlayerComment
111120Clayton KershawHolds top spot despite Nationals' double Dunn.
222214Rafael FurcalStarted only 72 of Dodgers' first 112 games this season.
33515Hiroki KurodaRetired last 17 batters Saturday.
443111Andre EthierOff to good start in August, despite 0 for 3 Sunday.
578718Hong-Chih KuoDunn on Saturday was only fourth batter in '10 Kuo has had to face with bases loaded.
61010612Chad BillingsleyHas allowed 0.5 HR/9 this season.
756524James LoneyTwo homers, one steal away from first career 10-10 season.
812171225Vicente PadillaLeads NL in second-half ERA (1.04).
997413Jonathan BroxtonIf he struggles as games grow more meaningless, that won't help his rep, will it?
1089111Matt KempI'm already anticipating the 2011 Spring Training "Kemp is serious" stories.
1164312Manny RamirezYou can't tell me he isn't missed in the lineup.
121111616Casey BlakeAveraging more than a strikeout a game in second half.
131415215Russell MartinIn first 20 career starts, in 2006, Dodgers went 17-3.
1415131215Blake DeWittHomered off a lefty (Chris Capuano) in first week as a Cub.
1516141321Jamey CarrollMost steals (seven) by a Dodger without being caught in 2010 – until Sunday.
161721721Carlos MonasteriosThird on team in HR allowed with 10.
171312526John ElySeason falling apart? Has allowed 16 runs in past 4 2/3 minor-league innings.
1819181725Ronald BelisarioSo, too early for him to start working on his 2011 visa paperwork now?
1918161522Jeff WeaverJuly torpedoed his season – might be back to non-roster status in Spring Training '11.
202019820Reed JohnsonHis next HBP will be 100th of his career.
2121222124Travis SchlichtingWith Belisario and Weaver awaiting returns, probably won't see him until September.
2222231523Xavier PaulMichael Restovich (.854 OPS) was released when Paul went down, then resigned when Jay Gibbons went up.
232424924Ramon TroncosoHe and Belisario combined for 142 games in '09, might not get 100 this year.
242320723Ronnie BelliardFive HR in 24 games with Dodgers last year, two in 68 this year.
25NRNRNRNRTed LillyEleven strikeouts, no walks in first two Dodger starts? Not Ely, Lilly.
2626NR2626Kenley JansenNo, even with Martin out, his catching career is done.
2725252325Justin MillerReturned to Isotopes with three shutout appearances, lowering AAA ERA to 1.93.
28NRNRNRNRRyan Theriot Carroll has won me over enough that I want him to stay in lineup over Theriot.
2927261927A.J. EllisSecond extra-base hit in 55 at-bats arrived Sunday.
3028272529Jon LinkWouldn't be surprised to see him spend bulk of 2011 in majors.
3129282329Brad Ausmus4 for 20 with a double at the plate this season - just like Padilla.
32NRNRNRNROctavio DotelDotel is one of those guys who came to the Dodgers about 5-10 years after first rumors.
33NRNRNRNRJay GibbonsToday marks third anniversary of last major-league hit before Sunday.
34NRNRNRNRScott Podsednik.536 OPS, two errors, one inside-the-park homer allowed in first 11 games as Dodger.
3530292930Chin-Lung HuAbout to complete his sixth week on minor-league DL.
3635362636George SherrillBelieve it or not, second on team in games pitched behind Broxton.
3731301731Ramon OrtizPitched complete-game two-hitter for Buffalo on July 30; 0.93 ERA in past four starts.
3832312732Nick GreenSigning with Padres in July not enough to keep San Diego from pursuing Miguel Tejada.
393333336Charlie HaegerNow has better minor-league ERA this season than Ely.
4037NR3737James McDonaldHad career 2.78 ERA, 8.0 K/9, .684 OPS as reliever when traded for a reliever.
4134341634Garret AndersonAs pinch-hitter, 12 for 50. Otherwise, 16 for 104.
4236352236Russ OrtizThis space for rent.
4338323238Scott ElbertCan't remember the last time a significant L.A. prospect took a leave of absence like this.
4439NR3939Jack TaschnerFive years from now, I'm going to quiz you on the Jack Taschner Era.


Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireVicente Padilla: No. 12 with a bullet (not in the leg).
James Loney at No. 5? Casey Blake at No. 11? The Dodger corner infielders each have two homers in July, but the team has been so strange that they still rank high.

And no, Kenley Jansen did not break in at No. 1 on our list, but he was high in our hearts. Remember, these rankings are a combination of objectivity and personal subjectivity ...

     
7/267/12HighLowPlayerComment
11120Clayton KershawAnyone outside of L.A. noticed that Roy Oswalt isn't having a better year than Kershaw?
22214Rafael FurcalFinally slows down: 3 for last 19, but still with five walks
3515Hiroki KurodaOne inning from matching last year's season total.
43111Andre EthierOPS remains sub-.700 since the pinkie.
56624James LoneyLeads team in doubles and game-winning homers vs. Mets.
64312Manny RamirezAt 220 plate appearances and holding.
78718Hong-Chih KuoBest adjusted ERA in Los Angeles Dodger history, minimum 32 innings.
89111Matt KempSince June 29, an .863 OPS.
97413Jonathan BroxtonHas had four perfect innings in 19 appearances since June 1.
1010612Chad BillingsleyGets an extra day off today after 125-pitch outing.
1111616Casey BlakeAfter starting month 6 for 48, he's 8 for last 23.
12171525Vicente PadillaERA, K/9, BB/9, H/9 all now better than Kuroda's.
1312526John ElyConsecutive good outings for Albuquerque.
1415215Russell MartinCaught-stealing percentage has improved to career-best 40%.
15131215Blake DeWittSeriously, why has he gone from nine homers in '08 to one this year?
16141321Jamey CarrollSlacker has only played four positions this year.
1721721Carlos Monasterios0.82 ERA in 11 innings since return from disabled list.
18161522Jeff WeaverStill fourth on team in wins.
19181725Ronald BelisarioLast outing on July 5 was best of season.
2019820Reed JohnsonSnuck in a 66th game this year to pass last year's mark by one.
21222224Travis SchlichtingWith eight inherited runners allowed in 20 innings, it's a deceptive 2.25 ERA.
22231523Xavier Paul.350 OBP vs. LHP this season.
2320721Ronnie Belliard.107 slugging percentage in July.
2424924Ramon TroncosoTaking longer than expected to come back: has allowed six runs in past 8 1/3 innings for Isotopes.
25252325Justin MillerAnd now to the other Justin Miller: 2.55 ERA in Chattanooga.
26NRNRNRKenley JansenIt's exciting, but pace yourself, Torre.
27261926A.J. Ellis.286 OBP, .224 slugging percentage in first extended L.A. stay.
28272529Jon LinkRetired four of six batters in most recent Dodger stint.
29282328Brad AusmusMr. 1-for-4, like clockwork, every three months.
30292929Chin-Lung HuTuesday marks four weeks since his last game.
31301731Ramon OrtizSix Dodger relievers have worse ERAs than Ortiz's 6.30.
32312732Nick GreenDFAed by Toronto, signed with Padres organization last week.
3333336Charlie HaegerERA is 4.99 at Albuquerque in 30 2/3 innings.
34341634Garret AndersonOBP by month: .159, .216, .217, .250. Trending up!
35362636George SherrillApproaching anniversary of coming to L.A., Sherrill's Dodger ERA is 3.58.
36352236Russ OrtizStayed ahead of Sherrill until Saturday.
37NRNRNRJames McDonaldDon't tell my heart, my achy-breaky heart …
38323235Scott Elbert… I just don't think it'd understand.
39NRNRNRJack TaschnerHis callup and Jansen's a study in contrasts.


Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireClayton Kershaw leads the National League in strikeouts per nine innings. His 2.96 ERA is ninth in the NL.
He didn't make the National League All-Star team, but Clayton Kershaw is the Dodger Thoughts top cog for the first half of the 2010 season.

Andre Ethier, Rafael Furcal and Hiroki Kuroda each had hot streaks, but Kershaw was consistently strong for almost the entire season to date. In 2010, he has thrown 12 quality starts in 18 tries (most of those better than the six-inning, three-run variety) and allowed a maximum of two runs over at least five innings in three others. In only two starts this season has he failed to keep the Dodgers in the game.

After walking 24 batters in his first 30 2/3 innings, Kershaw has even gone a long way toward solving his biggest weakness, walking 26 in his last 81 1/3 innings. It has just been a very impressive first half, and the Dodgers are lucky to have him.

          
7/127/16/216/105/245/135/34/194/12PlayerComment
11123561020Clayton KershawIn 18 starts this year, allowed more than three earned runs only twice.
23410149784Rafael FurcalReminding me of Magic Johnson lately. He's the playmaker.
3431111211Andre EthierBack in the swing of it with OPS over 1.000 in July.
4551253449Manny RamirezTeam-high 155 adjusted OPS (.937 OPS).
522322231Hiroki KurodaDisappointing to see him struggle after such a strong first three months.
688131068924James LoneyHe can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan.
766411105613Jonathan BroxtonBroxton in the St. Louis heat next weekend: Bring some towels.
87781618NRNRNRHong-Chih KuoThe All-Star stranded two runners Sunday to lower ERA to 0.99.
9119944315Matt KempFrequent newsmaker leads team in HR, R, SB, CS, SO.
1010106811121210Chad BillingsleyAllowed three HR to first eight batters May 31, none in 37 1/3 IP since.
111212119161176Casey BlakeKeep wanting to drop him because he's really not hitting, but this is where he goes.
1291157826NRNRJohn ElyNo one has forgotten what he meant to this team when the chips were down.
131413141212151414Blake DeWittSo far, OPS has improved for four consecutive months: .856 in July.
141315161317182118Jamey CarrollPitching is hard: Carroll has seven extra-base hits, 31 walks.
15151415671052Russell MartinOffense is hard to watch, but seems like he's throwing his best in a few years.
161616182122211715Jeff WeaverFourth on the team in wins.
172225252223201525Vicente PadillaWell, isn't this a pleasant development: 10 walks, 54 strikeouts in 2010.
181717172524NRNRNRRonald BelisarioReally seemed like he had been finding a groove.
19192020202017208Reed JohnsonYou're no Jamey Carroll, Reed – it's okay if you hit a homer this year.
20181921191314137Ronnie BelliardSince June 28, 0 for 17 with four walks.
21201871814161821Carlos Monasterios45 more games to September 1, and he's a Dodger for keeps.
22242324NRNRNRNRNRTravis SchlichtingHershiser's record safe for now.
23212122151919NRNRXavier Paul57 plate appearances since his last extra-base hit
24232219171591112Ramon TroncosoNot expecting his demotion to last long.
25252423NRNRNRNRNRJustin MillerPitching with a lead: opponents 10 for 24. Otherwise, opponents 11 for 63.
262626262325221919A.J. EllisSo little power, so little time.
2727272729292825NRJon LinkUnscored upon in past 10 1/3 innings with Isotopes.
282828282426242323Brad AusmusHas as many doubles as Ellis this year.
292929NRNRNRNRNRNRChin-Lung HuHe will not be Taiwan's first to play in MLB All-Star Game.
303031292621232417Ramon OrtizContinues to struggle in Buffalo worse than he had been with Dodgers.
313132302727NRNRNRNick GreenEighteen doubles last year, none this year.
32323335NRNRNRNRNRScott ElbertFor arguably the team's No. 1 pitching prospect to have this kind of year is something else.
33343634313125163Charlie HaegerDon't think we'll see him back this season.
343330333232302216Garret AndersonJay Gibbons OPSed .621 in last major-league season three years ago.
353635323030292722Russ OrtizGave up one double and no homers this year.
363534312828272626George SherrillHas recorded one out this month.


Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireJames Loney has a .923 OPS with runners in scoring position, .698 with the bases empty.
In the final Dodger Cogs and Dogs before the season's halfway point and the All-Star Break, we (okay, I) had by far the least amount of change in the rankings, which is understandable. But there are still four players who have a shot at being the Dodgers' first-half MVP.

Remember – these ratings reflect full-season value but are partly subjective.

         
7/16/216/105/245/135/34/194/12PlayerComment
1123561020Clayton KershawIs he getting it? Six walks in past 28 innings (1.9 BB/9).
22322231Hiroki KurodaK/9 with Dodgers by year: 5.7 in 2008, 6.7 in 2009, 7.2 in 2010.
3410149784Rafael FurcalTour de force in San Francisco. Magnificent.
431111211Andre Ethier.592 OPS since coming off DL.
551253449Manny RamirezIn 9,653 career plate appearances. OPS is 1.000 (.411/.589)
66411105613Jonathan BroxtonPrevious career-high in pitches 44 on 7/3/06. Rested three days, hit hard in next two games, then recovered.
78131068924James LoneyHas 47 RBI in past 53 starts.
8781618NRNRNRHong-Chih KuoWhat is Torre's rationale for warming Kuo up in bullpen Wednesday with huge lead?
91157826NRNRJohn ElyBetter ERA than Billingsley in only eight fewer innings.
10106811121210Chad BillingsleyHad 11 strikeouts May 31, 11 strikeouts since.
119944315Matt KempWho doth the spotlight fall upon anon?
1212119161176Casey BlakeSlumped in June after strong start for second straight year.
1315161317182118Jamey CarrollWith a .400+ OBP against righties, will 36-year-old take over second base?
1413141212151414Blake DeWittOnly 35 plate appearances against lefties this season.
151415671052Russell MartinSlugging .178 since last double June 15, .280 since last homer May 11.
1616182122211715Jeff WeaverHas allowed three of 17 inherited runners to score this season.
1717172524NRNRNRRonald Belisario20 baserunners, 1.53 ERA in last 17 2/3 IP, but allowed three of five inherited runners to score.
181921191314137Ronnie BelliardWon't surprise you to learn he's hitting righties better than Anderson.
192020202017208Reed JohnsonAlso hitting righties better than Anderson - barely.
201871814161821Carlos MonasteriosIn final three starts, opponents slugged .704.
212122151919NRNRXavier PaulIf Manny goes on DL, I think Paul should say farewell to AAA for good in 2010. (Hint.)
2225252223201525Vicente PadillaIn past two games, pitching like an opening day starter …
232219171591112Ramon TroncosoBABIP by month in 2010: .225, .257, .382.
242324NRNRNRNRNRTravis SchlichtingThird-best career ERA in Dodger history (0.87), minimum 10 innings.
252423NRNRNRNRNRJustin MillerMidnight came early for Miller: seven runs, 17 baserunners in past 9 1/3 IP.
2626262325221919A.J. EllisShirley, he can do better than a .250 slugging percentage.
27272729292825NRJon LinkFYI, this guy isn't really a kid – he's 26.
2828282426242323Brad AusmusHearing reports he might be back sooner than expected.
2929NRNRNRNRNRNRChin-Lung HuSeven walks in 55 games at AAA this season.
3031292621232417Ramon OrtizHammered Time: nine runs, 14 baserunners in three innings Monday for Buffalo.
3132302727NRNRNRNick GreenToronto update: 1 for 3 with a walk in four games.
323335NRNRNRNRNRScott ElbertSaturday marks a month since his last AAA appearance.
3330333232302216Garret AndersonFive strikeouts in past six plate appearances; three walks all year.
343634313125163Charlie HaegerReturns to Albuquerque, no strings attached, after clearing waivers.
3534312828272626George SherrillAs others have indicated, righties have 1.196 OPS vs. Sherrill, lefties .668.
3635323030292722Russ OrtizHighest single-season Dodger ERA this century is Trever Miller's 23.14 (2 1/3 IP).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
15 1.82 184 153
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .307
HRA. Gonzalez 17
RBIA. Gonzalez 83
RY. Puig 70
OPSY. Puig .893
ERAC. Kershaw 1.82
SOC. Kershaw 184