Juan Uribe got on base four times, and I had a delicious steak sandwich in the sun. It was a good day.
Friday morning discussion....The Dodger's bench. First off, let's sweep the Brew crew this weekend. Ok, about the bench. Although Cruz has been basically blackballed from the starting lineup, I'm not sure how Donny justifies any of the others. Hairston, Schumacher, Uribe, all have BA's in the low .100's. My feeling is Cruz should be given the chance to play the entire series this weekend to see if this was a slow start, or if he's basically over and out. Any thoughts?
Let's analyze this post a little more. What kind of sauce what on the steak sandwich? Was is it au jus, creamy horseradish, a hot mustard, mix of the three, or something exotic?
@Dang88 Please no.
@Mike Petriello over under on sentences in the new post: 4.5
@moneynow27 Any possible chance that his 2-month surge last year was an outlier in his 9-year minor league career? At least Uribe and Punto have .850+ OPS. They provide better defense than Cruz at 3rd base and have shown better eyes at the plate... as in, they actually walk instead of popping out on the 2nd pitch.
I know it sucks, because Cruz is (or was?) loved by the casual fan when he was the only strong hitter at a time when everybody is struggling last season. But the bottom line is he isn't good, and the fact that he's spent 9 years in the minor leagues while having a few failed stints in the big leagues supports that theory.
@moneynow27 With the exception of Schumaker everyone you listed has contributed offensively. And as for Schumaker, his track record is he mashes righty pitching which he just hasnt been able to do.
@moneynow27 no more Cruz. DFA and call up castellanos or SVS so we have a right handed power bat off the bench and to platoon with Ethier or Crawford. Cruz has no purpose if he is being out hit by Sellers. A decade of flailing in the minors is enough evidence to show that last season Cruz was a fluke and this is the real Cruz.
@Crushinator So is he not good enough for any major league team?
@Cecil Terwilliger Oooooh horseradish!
@The Monocle just cray? or cray cray?
Purple, to me it just seems so convenient to take the offensive woes out on Cruz. Cruz has not played at all the last several games, and the offense is still struggling. That means to me, although Kemp is starting to come around, the bench isn't, and I think the entire bench is a drag on the team.
For example, for some unknown reason to me, Donny has stated he's playing Hairston 4 days a week. Why? Because he's a nice guy? More than anything else we need a team effort on run production. Of course this falls on Colletti as well. Yes, Cruz stinks right now and may not get out of his funk....but the subs are just as bad, IMHO.
@efb @Crushinator well, seriously I know Tony and I have been championing him here but seriously the numbers he has been putting up and the major league equivalencies all taken into account..by all rights he should very easily be a successful major leaguer.. the thing is he is already starting to enter his prime and he no longer has a the prospect tag on him, but really yeah he should be in the MLB somewhere.
anyway. he is currently second in avg. first in runs first in home runs 2nd in rbis...(who cares) and not anywhere close on steals...but castle is 4th with 8.
We're both on the same team so to speak, so I'll say this....I trust you'll agree with me that overall our bench is one of the worst in MLB. Hopefully Hanley will play everyday when he returns, but the reality is he'll need to break in slowly and rest....and with Crawford's injury, etc., Donnie will have to use his bench more often than not, which I think is a huge liability. Even resting A.J. offers a weak offensive alternative in Hernandez.
@EephusBlue @da purple drank @moneynow27 This may sound cruel but Papa Purps was so high on Cruz that we bet a bottle of scotch (note: don't mix hallucinogens and alcohol. Or DO IT ALL THE TIME!!!WOOO!) if Cruz had an average of .280 or more at the ASB. Yes, I had to dumb it down to average but it was obviously worth the risk. So I've got an extra horse in this race.
But with that said, I do like Cruz. If he wasn't being outhit by Sellers I'd say keep Cruz at SS. But Sellers OPS is like 2.5x Cruz's at the moment. Sorry bud. And I'll take the scotch.
@Cecil Terwilliger @Crushinator @efb this. what sucks is because the Dodgers DFA'd him and no one even nibbled (which is weird, something is up) he isn't exactly trade bait. But i almost have no doubt in my mind that if he were to go to another team and get a starting shot or at least platoon shot...he would be successful. Kind of how Scott Rice was good for LA in the minors but the Dodgers never cleared a roster spot for him and now he is doing quite well for the Mets.
@Crushinator @efb it was shameful of Ned to have Juan Rivera blocking him for 2 years. Now there is no place for him with Ethier, Kemp, Crawford, and Gonzalez. He would be a nice bat to come off the bench or platoon with Ethier/Crawford but so would Alex Castellanos. The amount of gritty utility players on this roster is disgusting.
@Crushinator he has 68 TB, second place has 55