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.

                 
7/1 6/21 6/10 5/24 5/13 5/3 4/19 4/12 Player Comment
1 1 2 3 5 6 10 20 Clayton Kershaw Is he getting it? Six walks in past 28 innings (1.9 BB/9).
2 2 3 2 2 2 3 1 Hiroki Kuroda K/9 with Dodgers by year: 5.7 in 2008, 6.7 in 2009, 7.2 in 2010.
3 4 10 14 9 7 8 4 Rafael Furcal Tour de force in San Francisco. Magnificent.
4 3 1 1 1 1 2 11 Andre Ethier .592 OPS since coming off DL.
5 5 12 5 3 4 4 9 Manny Ramirez In 9,653 career plate appearances. OPS is 1.000 (.411/.589)
6 6 4 11 10 5 6 13 Jonathan Broxton Previous career-high in pitches 44 on 7/3/06. Rested three days, hit hard in next two games, then recovered.
7 8 13 10 6 8 9 24 James Loney Has 47 RBI in past 53 starts.
8 7 8 16 18 NR NR NR Hong-Chih Kuo What is Torre’s rationale for warming Kuo up in bullpen Wednesday with huge lead?
9 11 5 7 8 26 NR NR John Ely Better ERA than Billingsley in only eight fewer innings.
10 10 6 8 11 12 12 10 Chad Billingsley Had 11 strikeouts May 31, 11 strikeouts since.
11 9 9 4 4 3 1 5 Matt Kemp Who doth the spotlight fall upon anon?
12 12 11 9 16 11 7 6 Casey Blake Slumped in June after strong start for second straight year.
13 15 16 13 17 18 21 18 Jamey Carroll With a .400+ OBP against righties, will 36-year-old take over second base?
14 13 14 12 12 15 14 14 Blake DeWitt Only 35 plate appearances against lefties this season.
15 14 15 6 7 10 5 2 Russell Martin Slugging .178 since last double June 15, .280 since last homer May 11.
16 16 18 21 22 21 17 15 Jeff Weaver Has allowed three of 17 inherited runners to score this season.
17 17 17 25 24 NR NR NR Ronald Belisario 20 baserunners, 1.53 ERA in last 17 2/3 IP, but allowed three of five inherited runners to score.
18 19 21 19 13 14 13 7 Ronnie Belliard Won’t surprise you to learn he’s hitting righties better than Anderson.
19 20 20 20 20 17 20 8 Reed Johnson Also hitting righties better than Anderson – barely.
20 18 7 18 14 16 18 21 Carlos Monasterios In final three starts, opponents slugged .704.
21 21 22 15 19 19 NR NR Xavier Paul If Manny goes on DL, I think Paul should say farewell to AAA for good in 2010. (Hint.)
22 25 25 22 23 20 15 25 Vicente Padilla In past two games, pitching like an opening day starter …
23 22 19 17 15 9 11 12 Ramon Troncoso BABIP by month in 2010: .225, .257, .382.
24 23 24 NR NR NR NR NR Travis Schlichting Third-best career ERA in Dodger history (0.87), minimum 10 innings.
25 24 23 NR NR NR NR NR Justin Miller Midnight came early for Miller: seven runs, 17 baserunners in past 9 1/3 IP.
26 26 26 23 25 22 19 19 A.J. Ellis Shirley, he can do better than a .250 slugging percentage.
27 27 27 29 29 28 25 NR Jon Link FYI, this guy isn’t really a kid – he’s 26.
28 28 28 24 26 24 23 23 Brad Ausmus Hearing reports he might be back sooner than expected.
29 29 NR NR NR NR NR NR Chin-Lung Hu Seven walks in 55 games at AAA this season.
30 31 29 26 21 23 24 17 Ramon Ortiz Hammered Time: nine runs, 14 baserunners in three innings Monday for Buffalo.
31 32 30 27 27 NR NR NR Nick Green Toronto update: 1 for 3 with a walk in four games.
32 33 35 NR NR NR NR NR Scott Elbert Saturday marks a month since his last AAA appearance.
33 30 33 32 32 30 22 16 Garret Anderson Five strikeouts in past six plate appearances; three walks all year.
34 36 34 31 31 25 16 3 Charlie Haeger Returns to Albuquerque, no strings attached, after clearing waivers.
35 34 31 28 28 27 26 26 George Sherrill As others have indicated, righties have 1.196 OPS vs. Sherrill, lefties .668.
36 35 32 30 30 29 27 22 Russ Ortiz Highest single-season Dodger ERA this century is Trever Miller’s 23.14 (2 1/3 IP).
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