Dodger Cogs and Dogs: Edition 8

August, 10, 2011

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.

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
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.



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RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
WC. Kershaw 21
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239