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May 10 pregame: The world of Withrow

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Giants at Dodgers, 1:10 p.m.
Dee Gordon, 2B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Chone Figgins, 3B
Drew Butera, C
Zack Greinke, P

By Jon Weisman

Chris Withrow has now faced exactly 200 batters in his career, and the numbers are pretty fascinating. He has allowed 23 hits (for a .134 opponents’ batting average) but walked 27. The extremes are even more extreme this season: opponents are 3 for 51 against him with 14 walks.

Though the .250 career on-base percentage against him is still fairly modest, the walks do get Withrow in trouble. Nevertheless, his career ERA is only 1.92, and he has stranded all 14 runners he has inherited.

Strikeouts — 11.7 per nine innings — are one way Withrow is such an escape artist. But another thing is that opponents practically can’t buy an extra-base hit against him. In his career, Withrow has given up five home runs (all last year) and one double. That’s it.

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In his recap of Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Giants, Ken Gurnick of discusses the Yasiel Puig-Madison Bumbarner confrontation, but also quietly hits on what may be the story of the series.

“Meanwhile, the Giants are deploying exaggerated defensive shifts on most of the Dodgers’ potent hitters, even the right-handers, and it’s working, as hitters who don’t use the whole field have become easier to defend,” Gurnick writes.

There’s an article on defensive shifts in the current issue of Dodger Insider magazine.

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Catcher A.J. Ellis will start a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Albuquerque, Gurnick reported on Twitter.


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  1. I haven’t read the article yet, but after last nights gaffe in Texas I wonder if there will be more mixups when players are out of position….which could neutralize the effect of the shift.

  2. The Dodgers made a mistake extending D. Mattinglys contract,this team has to much talent to be playing as poorly as they are ,the decision to extend was based on emotion and not his ability to manage.He should be fired along with the hitting instructer.

    • mmmiiikkkeee

      It is hard for me to take serious a comment from a poster who writes to instead of too, writes instructer instead of instructor esp on a site that has spell-check, and seems to have no idea when to use a period and when to use a comma.

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