Thursday, June 10, 2010
Updated: June 19, 2:40 PM ET
Angels vs. Dodgers: Meet your All-L.A. team
This rivalry might start in the stands, but it ends on the field. And there's nothing like bragging rights in the city of Angels ... and Dodgers. Who rules L.A.? Mark Saxon and Tony Jackson sort through the current crop of Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers to select L.A.'s All-City Team. Pick your All-L.A. team here »
Jered Weaver, Angels: With the Angels in search of an ace, Jered Weaver has become one by increasing his strikeout rate and providing solid starts virtually every time out. He'll probably be the Angels' lone All-Star.
Russell Martin, Dodgers: Martin's numbers have slipped in recent years but he still gets the edge as an everyday player, along with being a former All-Star and fan favorite.
James Loney, Dodgers: The potential gold-glove in waiting could stand to hit for more power but he's still a solid gap hitter and still a key hitter in the Dodgers' lineup.
Howie Kendrick, Angels: He's gotten off to slow starts the last two seasons, but the Angels still think his bat will pay off in a big way. They think he has 50 double potential.
Casey Blake, Dodgers: Is a solid everyday presence at third, which the Angels don't appear to have. He makes up for lack of range with a solid glove, and is a quiet but strong leader in the clubhouse.
Rafael Furcal, Dodgers: Erick Aybar has a lot of upside, but the Dodgers' Furcal is still one of the best leadoff hitters in the game when he's healthy. His range at shortstop is almost unrivaled and he gets to almost everything.
Manny Ramirez, Dodgers: He hasn't been Manny much this year but he's still dangerous. If he gets on track with his power, the Dodgers' lineup will get pretty dangerous too.
Torii Hunter, Angels: The Dodgers' Matt Kemp looks like a superstar in the making, but he'll defer to his elder on this one. Hunter, a nine-time Gold Glove winner has picked up the slack since the Angels lost Kendry Morales, with 32 RBI since April 28.
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: Ethier has struggled since returning but still has outstanding numbers for the season and, much like Kemp, is a superstar in the making.
Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers: As long as Kuo stays healthy, he's perhaps the best left-handed setup man in the game.
Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers: Broxton went into his bobblehead night Tuesday with 13 consecutive saves and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 40-3. The Angels' Brian Fuentes hasn't had a bobblehead night, but he's had plenty of swivel-head nights, giving up five homers in 14.2 innings.
Mark Saxon covers the Angels and Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.