One-Hit-Wonders

  • Monday, May 16, 2011 12:48 PM
  • Written By: Dodgers Diaries

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How does the Dodger offense stink? Let me count the ways

The Dodgers are 5th in the NL in hits, but they have more singles than a Canoga Park strip joint.

Lionel Richie has more hits.

The only offensive category in which they lead the league is getting hit by pitches.

TV censors have never flagged them for doing anything offensive.

Chad Billingsley has the fifth-highest OPS on the team.

Catholic schools send people home more often.

Casey Blake hasn’t played since April 24, yet he’s still fourth on the team in runs scored.

James Loney has gone 18 for his last 56 (.320) to RAISE his batting average to .230.

-- JOHN ROSENTHAL

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Is All Well That Ends in Wells?

  • Saturday, January 22, 2011 9:48 AM
  • Written By: Dodgers Diaries

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All the talk about whether the Dodgers wanted Vernon Wells (whom the Angels landed Friday), could afford his bloated salary, or should have gotten him, is immaterial because they don't really have any chips they could have traded away to get him. Assuming that Bills and Kershaw are untouchable, that you wouldn't bother trading one outfielder to get another, who is it the trade bait that would bring back much more than a bunch of minnows?

To my mind, Toronto got the best of this trade by landing Mike Napoli to play C/1B/DH, unloaded a lot of Wells's big salary, and even got Juan Rivera besides to hold down left field. He's no worse an outfielder than ThamesGwynnGibbons.

-- JOHN ROSENTHAL

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