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Monday, May 24, 2010
Dodger Cogs and Dogs: Edition 5

One of the keys to understanding Dodger Cogs and Dogs is that workload matters. That's why Jonathan Broxton has trouble staying in the top 10 despite All-Star caliber performance, why Rafael Furcal has fallen behind Jamey Carroll, and why Ramon Troncoso outranks Jeff Weaver despite a poorer ERA. Now, I'm not exactly applying this in an analytical way – as always, this feature intentionally is meant to have a big subjective element. But in determining which Dodgers have been more valuable over the course of the entire season, I have to give some consideration to the guys who are carrying more playing time.

This was an interesting set of rankings, as the four main Dodger starting pitchers now have above-average 2010 performance for the first time this season. The pendulum of the season that was so far on the side of offense has been swinging back – without the offense really being in that much of a decline.

5/24 .5/13 .5/3 . 4/19 . 4/12 . PlayerComment
111211Andre EthierEagerly waiting to see if he can pick up where he left off.
22231Hiroki KurodaThree runs in six innings constitutes a bad start in '10.
3561020Clayton KershawCould be his last time behind Kuroda in the rankings.
44315Matt KempOn pace for 33 homers despite missing on his 10th Sunday; defense still inconsistent.
53449Manny RamirezSub-.700 OPS since coming off the DL.
671052Russell MartinMight be ranked too high, but subjective points for appearance of being team backbone again.
7826NRNRJohn ElyNice to see him survive adversity Saturday.
811121210Chad BillingsleyCombined with Ely, his rebound made this a team with pitching again.
9161176Casey BlakeJust when he finally was looking his age at the plate, a resurgence. Too many errors, though.
1068924James LoneyDoesn't make headlines, doesn't hit enough for his position, but still valuable.
11105613Jonathan Broxton18 2/3 innings, 18 baserunners, 29 strikeouts
1212151414Blake DeWittSeems to be steadily improving. Three triples last week - more power a matter of time?
1317182118Jamey CarrollOur own little pesky Eckstein - who'd have thunk?
149784Rafael FurcalGonna have to start out well to avoid "Bring Back Carroll" chants from the "What have you done for me lately" crowd.
151919NRNRXavier PaulVery quietly just hitting, and hitting, and hitting. Is he the outfield's Ely?
1618NRNRNRHong-Chih KuoKuo is just the man. Do I need to say more?
171591112Ramon TroncosoVictim of his own success - Cogs & Dogs trying not to overpunish him for being overused.
1814161821Carlos MonasteriosOne apperance since May 11, but we're still fans.
191314137Ronnie BelliardDeclining factor compared with April.
202017208Reed JohnsonUh, did you know he went 8 for 12 last week? Most of the Dodger bench has been pretty grand.
2122211715Jeff WeaverIs it kinda strange how he keeps getting the job done?
2223201525Vicente PadillaHey, he could be a great No. 5 starter next month.
2325221919A.J. EllisNo automatic out – if he plays.
2426242323Brad AusmusYeah, you know he's moving up in the rankings! Oh wait - maybe that's not good.
2524NRNRNRRonald BelisarioStill like him, but this season he's at 14 1/3 innings, 10 runs.
2621232417Ramon OrtizHe's just not gonna fool enough of the people enough of the time.
2727NRNRNRNick GreenMade a couple of loud outs in his first start.
2828272626George SherrillLast Dodger pitcher to go from this great to this awful: Hideo Nomo?
29292825NRJon LinkNot the key to the Juan Pierre trade, it turns out.
3030292722Russ OrtizSherrill still hasn't put Ortiz completely out of rear-view mirror.
313125163Charlie HaegerReportedly has solved mechanical trouble, says Tony Jackson.
3232302216Garret AndersonThree hits in past eight at-bats, but hasn't risen above painful stage.