A.J. Ellis, Still the Best

ajellis_sanfran_2013-05-04I don’t want to talk about last night’s game. In fact, I don’t really want to talk about any part of the Dodgers right now, and we can only say “holy good lord, is this roster being mismanaged beyond belief” so much. Even if I did, the day job is preventing that.

So in the meantime, let’s focus on one of the few bright spots we have so far, and that’s that A.J. Ellis is not only backing up his 2012 breakout, he’s exceeding it. His wOBA is up from .341 to .358, which is not only very good, it’s the sixth highest mark for any catcher. (That’s assuming you consider Evan Gattis a catcher, and includes the no-way-in-hell-he-keeps-this-up John Buck.) It’s better than Yadier Molina, and Joe Mauer, and Matt Wieters… it’s damn good, is what I’m saying.

Today at FanGraphs, pal Eno Sarris took advantage of the Dodgers being in San Francisco over the weekend to spend a few minutes with Ellis. The entire piece is more than worth your time, but I particularly like this passage about Ellis being one of the few big leaguers to spend his winters in Wisconsin:

When the season’s over, he’ll head to Milwaukee for the winter. “My wife is from Milwaukee, so it’s happy wife, happy life,” he told me, which means he’ll train in the snow for another season. “I’m like Rocky in `Rocky IV,’” Ellis said, “going to fight the Russian, in the Siberian snow, chopping down trees, getting to the top of the mountain and yelling ‘Zitooo!’”

Simply outstanding. There’s not a lot to like about the Dodgers right now. Fortunately, A.J. Ellis is one of the few positives.

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mgarski
mgarski

Anyone notice that AJ's walkup music is "Walk" by Foo Fighters?

P_F_P
P_F_P

Would 2016 be a good estimation to start actually caring about the Dodgers again? Billingsley back healthy, Puig swapped in for Ethier, no more Beckett/Hanley/League, Kershaw hopefully extended, Mattingly/Ned hopefully gone?

package924
package924

Well, putting in Ramon for A.J. is why Donnie must go.  Stupid.

Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)

Dee Gordon through 146 games played has a UZR/150 of -25.3. I think that people have confused speed with range. Kemp is fast but has terrible range. I feel that the stats bear out what I've seen. Gordon has no range at SS.

efb
efb

Dodgers' Bench = A Tribe Called Stench? 

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

I was hoping tonight would be the night the Dodgers win, but Beckett is pitching.

Dang88
Dang88

David V was just on am 570 saying the Dodger staff believes Puig is nowhere near ready for the majors. Swings at bad pitches , doesn't run the bases well, and basically has no respect for authority down there.

StealingSaenz
StealingSaenz

Wow, just took a look around the league and a lot of aces or near-aces are having putrid starts.

*VND*
*VND*

please beat up on Brandon McCarthy tonight

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@package924 I am okay with AJ getting a break. He has played so much lately and every inning of some long long games.

*VND*
*VND*

.306/.367/.964

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

@Dang88 Still fun to watch, at least thats what I thought during spring training.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@EephusBlue I fe gets on in front of Matt It will be nothing but fastballs and Matt can pick his pitch and crush it!

Dang88
Dang88

Very tall moron at that