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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Dodger Cogs and Dogs: Edition 6

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Clayton Kershaw, whose May 8 excellence marked a turning point in the Dodger season, leads the major leagues in strikeouts per nine innings.
In this edition of Dodger Cogs and Dogs, we're giving it over to the pitchers, who have taken things over. The hitting has remained timely enough, but the pitching has been just shy of dominating – and not just in the recent homestand. In the 30 games since May 8, the day Clayton Kershaw shut out Ubaldo Jimenez and Colorado – we're talking half the season now – the Dodger team ERA is 2.88.

No Cogs and Dogs on Monday's off day – that's too soon. The next C&D will be June 21.

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1111211Andre EthierOnly OPSing .736 since return from DL, but we'll let him slide.
23561020Clayton KershawOut of 13 starts this year, 12 allowing three earned runs or less.
322231Hiroki KurodaBrief decline reversed in a big way Tuesday, lowering ERA to 3.30.
411105613Jonathan BroxtonWhen the ERA goes down to 0.95, you get extra credit.
57826NRNRJohn ElyIf Sunday's counts as a bad Ely start, I'll take it.
6811121210Chad BillingsleyWith 230 pitches in past two starts, extra day off might help.
71814161821Carlos MonasteriosForget where he came from: He's fifth on the team in innings and ERA.
81618NRNRNRHong-Chih KuoLefty batters: 0 for 20 with a walk and a sac fly. Righties only OPSing .520.
944315Matt KempLess spectacular than before but still solid, reaching base in 24 of past 25 games.
10149784Rafael FurcalLooking better almost every day.
119161176Casey BlakeBlake was on verge of passing Ramirez in offensive value (let alone defensive) before Wednesday.
1253449Manny RamirezWith days off and DHing, might only play four games in LF through June 24.
131068924James LoneyWould just love to see him have one of those red-hot months before September.
141212151414Blake DeWittHitting and fielding are improving gradually.
15671052Russell MartinI was propping him up for too long. Hang in there, Russell.
161317182118Jamey CarrollBest walk rate on the team.
172524NRNRNRRonald BelisarioBumped up by popular demand and belief that despite ERA, he has been key.
182122211715Jeff WeaverHas faced eight batters in past 11 days.
19171591112Ramon TroncosoA phantom DL trip wouldn't be the worst idea and would be easy to sell.
20202017208Reed Johnson.852 OPS vs. lefties, .642 vs. righties. Would help more if reversed.
21191314137Ronnie BelliardNumbers are holding up, but just doesn't play a lot.
22151919NRNRXavier PaulStill happy with what he did, but he was ranked too high last time.
23NRNRNRNRNRJustin MillerSix strikeouts, 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings.
24NRNRNRNRNRTravis SchlichtingJust one game for the Dodgers, but what a game.
252223201525Vicente PadillaHis return could come at just the right time. But he won't be as fun as Carlos.
262325221919A.J. EllisHe should be able to stay in the majors as backup for some time to come.
2729292825NRJon LinkReestablished himself as viable emergency reliever with two shutout innings.
282426242323Brad AusmusHis .750 OPS is third-highest of his career (minimum four plate appearances).
292621232417Ramon OrtizStill sixth on team with 30 innings, 1 2/3 more than Broxton. That gets a "Yikes!"
302727NRNRNRNick GreenBiggest achievement of '10: reminding Ned Colletti that some players do clear waivers.
312828272626George SherrillI think he can, I think he can, I think he can …
323030292722Russ OrtizThis is it, Russ. Next time, I'm bumping Anderson up for intangibles.
333232302216Garret AndersonTwo RBI in his past seven games … and his average is still tumbling
34313125163Charlie HaegerI think he actually is hurt; I also think he'd clear waivers.
35NRNRNRNRNRScott ElbertDon't call up a struggling pitcher for a game at Colorado, okay?