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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Dodger Cogs and Dogs: Edition 8

Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireJames Loney has a .923 OPS with runners in scoring position, .698 with the bases empty.
In the final Dodger Cogs and Dogs before the season's halfway point and the All-Star Break, we (okay, I) had by far the least amount of change in the rankings, which is understandable. But there are still four players who have a shot at being the Dodgers' first-half MVP.

Remember – these ratings reflect full-season value but are partly subjective.

1123561020Clayton KershawIs he getting it? Six walks in past 28 innings (1.9 BB/9).
22322231Hiroki KurodaK/9 with Dodgers by year: 5.7 in 2008, 6.7 in 2009, 7.2 in 2010.
3410149784Rafael FurcalTour de force in San Francisco. Magnificent.
431111211Andre Ethier.592 OPS since coming off DL.
551253449Manny RamirezIn 9,653 career plate appearances. OPS is 1.000 (.411/.589)
66411105613Jonathan BroxtonPrevious career-high in pitches 44 on 7/3/06. Rested three days, hit hard in next two games, then recovered.
78131068924James LoneyHas 47 RBI in past 53 starts.
8781618NRNRNRHong-Chih KuoWhat is Torre's rationale for warming Kuo up in bullpen Wednesday with huge lead?
91157826NRNRJohn ElyBetter ERA than Billingsley in only eight fewer innings.
10106811121210Chad BillingsleyHad 11 strikeouts May 31, 11 strikeouts since.
119944315Matt KempWho doth the spotlight fall upon anon?
1212119161176Casey BlakeSlumped in June after strong start for second straight year.
1315161317182118Jamey CarrollWith a .400+ OBP against righties, will 36-year-old take over second base?
1413141212151414Blake DeWittOnly 35 plate appearances against lefties this season.
151415671052Russell MartinSlugging .178 since last double June 15, .280 since last homer May 11.
1616182122211715Jeff WeaverHas allowed three of 17 inherited runners to score this season.
1717172524NRNRNRRonald Belisario20 baserunners, 1.53 ERA in last 17 2/3 IP, but allowed three of five inherited runners to score.
181921191314137Ronnie BelliardWon't surprise you to learn he's hitting righties better than Anderson.
192020202017208Reed JohnsonAlso hitting righties better than Anderson - barely.
201871814161821Carlos MonasteriosIn final three starts, opponents slugged .704.
212122151919NRNRXavier PaulIf Manny goes on DL, I think Paul should say farewell to AAA for good in 2010. (Hint.)
2225252223201525Vicente PadillaIn past two games, pitching like an opening day starter …
232219171591112Ramon TroncosoBABIP by month in 2010: .225, .257, .382.
242324NRNRNRNRNRTravis SchlichtingThird-best career ERA in Dodger history (0.87), minimum 10 innings.
252423NRNRNRNRNRJustin MillerMidnight came early for Miller: seven runs, 17 baserunners in past 9 1/3 IP.
2626262325221919A.J. EllisShirley, he can do better than a .250 slugging percentage.
27272729292825NRJon LinkFYI, this guy isn't really a kid – he's 26.
2828282426242323Brad AusmusHearing reports he might be back sooner than expected.
2929NRNRNRNRNRNRChin-Lung HuSeven walks in 55 games at AAA this season.
3031292621232417Ramon OrtizHammered Time: nine runs, 14 baserunners in three innings Monday for Buffalo.
3132302727NRNRNRNick GreenToronto update: 1 for 3 with a walk in four games.
323335NRNRNRNRNRScott ElbertSaturday marks a month since his last AAA appearance.
3330333232302216Garret AndersonFive strikeouts in past six plate appearances; three walks all year.
343634313125163Charlie HaegerReturns to Albuquerque, no strings attached, after clearing waivers.
3534312828272626George SherrillAs others have indicated, righties have 1.196 OPS vs. Sherrill, lefties .668.
3635323030292722Russ OrtizHighest single-season Dodger ERA this century is Trever Miller's 23.14 (2 1/3 IP).