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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Dodger Cogs and Dogs 2011: Edition 5

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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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.