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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Dodger Cogs and Dogs 2011: Edition 7

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.

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
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.