Dodgers 7, Mets 2: The Mark Ellis Show

markellis_homer_newyork_2013-04-23Not long ago, someone asked me why I never write about Mark Ellis. After all, we spend so much time discussing Luis Cruz, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, etc., so why not Ellis?. The answer is simple — other than complaining that he doesn’t hit righty pitching that well, he rarely generates a story. He gives you solid defense, enough to carry generally mediocre offense, but he’s usually not so good or so lousy that he demands a great deal of attention. It’s not sexy, but there’s value in that kind of consistency.

That changes tonight, because Ellis’ big night was the highlight of a 7-2 Dodger victory that was closer than it seemed, given that it was a tie game after six innings. Ellis homered off both Robert Carson and Brandon Lyon — who apparently is still in the majors — following two singles off Jonathon Niese. But even saying “Ellis had four hits” doesn’t really do it enough justice, because his second single hit Niese in the lower leg and forced the New York starter out of the game in the third inning, which isn’t going to help the Mets bullpen for the remainder of the series.

So here’s to you, Mark Ellis, hitting your 100th and 101st career homers while quietly hitting .348/.370/.470 this year with the usual solid defense. The night is yours.

For once, the Dodgers didn’t have to point to a lone offensive contributor, even on a night where Carl Crawford was 0-5. A.J. Ellis, Matt Kemp& Adrian Gonzalez all got on twice; Justin Sellers had three hits of his own, and all of a sudden that .220/.316/.280 doesn’t look so bad, does it? Don Mattingly, apparently following my advice, stuck with Jerry Hairston & Juan Uribe at third base and got not one but two walks for his trouble. More than ever, I think Cruz might be getting DFA’d next week whenever Hanley Ramirez returns.

All of that offensive run overshadowed a second consecutive disappointing start from Clayton Kershaw, who lasted only five innings despite throwing 114 pitches. Kershaw actually breezed through 2 2/3 before inexplicably walking Carson — who was at the plate for the first time in the majors — and then Ruben Tejada with two outs in the third. Daniel Murphy & David Wright cashed in run-scoring hits, and while that’s all Kershaw would allow, he didn’t look like himself. Fortunately, the bullpen — Ronald Belisario, Paco Rodriguez, Matt Guerrier, & Josh Wall — threw four scoreless innings to retain the lead.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed that. Tomorrow brings Ted Lilly against Matt Harvey. Heaven help us all.

758 comments
3Mayday3
3Mayday3

Anybody know why no CarCraw tonight?

Nosys
Nosys

Not to disperse Kudos away from Mark Ellis, but what do you guys think of A.J. Ellis?    He's top 5 in OBP, Avg, and top 10 Slg% for anyone with over 50 at bats for all catchers in the leauge.  Any thoughts?  Can we start posting to "A.J. Ellis Facts"  again?

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Nearly a kayaker fight in McCovey Cove.

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

I come for the Dodgers news - I stay for the gifs.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@3Mayday3 Nuclear-sized slump: hitless in three.... count them: THREE straight games. 4 walks are obviously irrelevant.

LurkingAtWork
LurkingAtWork

@Nosys I'm basing this on nothing except my casual observation and spotty memory, but it seems like he's not as sharp behind the plate i.e. blocking pitches down in the dirt.  

Lobo
Lobo

@Nosys You'll have to take that up with Justin Drummond, he's the guy who ran AJ Ellis facts.  We're gonna have to kick off the #AJE2NY campaign soon though

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@NativeWharf the good news is the dodgers have a long history of beating up on young pitchers they've never seen befo......



hang on a sec...


*shows himself out

Lobo
Lobo

Also, AJ's not just top 5 OBP among catchers, he's top six OBP in all of baseball.  And two spots ahead of him is our very own Adrian Gonzalez.


And Shin Soo Choo is at the top with a totally sustainable .534 OBP thanks to 10 HBP

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@3Mayday3 I wish I could have seen Campanella handle the ball club! They say he was the best! 

jml2279
jml2279

@da purple drank @3Mayday3 I think they're still treating him carefully after missing all of last season so as to prevent any possible reinjury.