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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Dodger Cogs and Dogs 2011: Edition 2


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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?