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Monday, August 23, 2010
Dodger Cogs and Dogs: Edition 12

Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesJamey Carroll is on track to lead the Dodgers in walks this season.
This Dog Days edition of Dodger Cogs and Dogs is dedicated to Jamey Carroll, who kept the Dodger shortstop position with Rafael Furcal out from looking like the Dodger catcher position with Russell Martin out. Thanks to attrition elsewhere and to his own steady play, I've elevated the 36-year-old Carroll to No. 4 among position players and No. 8 overall, and he might not be done climbing.

But of course, that kind of tells the story of the 2010 Dodgers. To take another example, you all know what a big supporter I am of Chad Billingsley, but if a 3.70 ERA gets you the No. 4 spot on the list, something has gone quite wrong with your team.

1111120Clayton KershawNext year, he gets rid of the first-inning walks and goes after the Cy Young.
233515Hiroki KurodaThe team's heart and soul?
3443111Andre EthierSlugging percentage past three years: .510, .508. .513.
461010612Chad BillingsleyERA now lower than Tim Lincecum's.
5222214Rafael FurcalMight not play 81 games this year.
6578718Hong-Chih KuoOpponents' slugging percentage now at .204 this year.
71089111Matt KempThe controversy has surely taken on a life of its own.
81516141321Jamey CarrollMost walks without a homer by any Dodger since Bill North in '78 (65).
9756524James Loney.344 BABIP in first half, .238 in second half.
1081217825Vicente PadillaHis meteoric rise to the top five got de-meteored.
11997413Jonathan BroxtonNow in that Sherrill-like phase where he can't get a streak of good games together.
121164312Manny RamirezNeeds 14 homerless games to match Furcal with eight homers in 76.
13121111616Casey BlakeOne strikeout every 4.33 plate appearances, Kemp 4.02.
14131415215Russell MartinOffseason decision on Martin's fate hasn't gotten any less interesting.
151415131215Blake DeWitt.831 OPS as a Cub.
16161721721Carlos MonasteriosFirst career major-league error might have cost him a win.
1725NRNR2525Ted LillyDodgers didn't get Cliff Lee - just someone who is pitching like him.
18171312526John ElyPlace your bets: Is he in the 2011 starting rotation?
19202019820Reed Johnson6 for 14 with double and homer since returning from DL in August.
201918161522Jeff WeaverCombined ERA of Weaver, Troncoso, Belisario and Sherrill: 5.47.
2128NRNR2828Ryan Theriot Will he and Carroll flip positions if they're playing together in 2011?
222121222124Travis SchlichtingTables turned: inherited runs harm his ERA for a change.
23232424924Ramon TroncosoBefore Sunday, he and Belisario had each allowed 39 hits in 39 innings.
242626NR2626Kenley JansenIn 9 2/3 innings, 13 baserunners and 13 strikeouts.
251819181725Ronald BelisarioRighties have hit him harder than lefties this year.
2632NRNR3232Octavio DotelOverall, he's done fine, but he missed his chance to make a difference.
2733NRNR3333Jay GibbonsTied for eighth on the Dodgers in homers.
2834NRNR3434Scott PodsednikAm I really supposed to be excited by a .337 OBP as a Dodger with no power?
29242320724Ronnie BelliardNeeds to avoid going 0 for 12 to keep batting average above .200 this year.
302725252327Justin MillerNine shutout innings of relief to start August for Isotopes.
312222231523Xavier PaulReturn to Albuquerque hasn't gone well: .669 OPS, zero homers in August.
322927261929A.J. EllisEllis, Ausmus now hitting a combined .203. What's the problem?
333028272530Jon LinkTen baserunners, three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, but I'd like another look at him.
343129282331Brad AusmusDoubled in first at-bat of season - no extra-base hits since.
353530292935Chin-Lung HuWent two for three in most recent game June 29 to put batting average at .300.
363635362636George SherrillNeeds four more outs to match longest scoreless inning streak of season (3 2/3 innings).
373731301737Ramon OrtizOur man Ramon is now a Durham Bull, with a 1.59 ERA after one start.
383832312738Nick GreenHis alma mater DeKalb College was renamed Georgia Perimeter in 1997.
39393333339Charlie HaegerRemember that home game against Colorado? That seems so long ago.
404037NR3740James McDonaldThree-run homer by David Wright in fifth torpedoed McDonald's start Saturday.
414134341641Garret AndersonIn counting stats, his career matches up more than a little with Steve Garvey's.
424236352242Russ OrtizA career .205 hitter with seven homers and 35 walks in 608 PA.
434338323243Scott ElbertWas within a strike of getting three bases-loaded outs in 2010 debut; then his entire year began to unravel on next pitch.
444439NR3944Jack TaschnerNick Hundley is the batter Taschner retired as a Dodger.