Dodger Cog and Dogs: All-Star Break Edition 9

July, 12, 2010
7/12/10
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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.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.296 16 69 92
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
WC. Kershaw 21
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239