Padres 4, Dodgers 0

Forgot to mention this in any of my previous posts today, but Andre Ethier was named the N.L. Player of the Week today (he actually shared the award with Houston’s Roy Oswalt). For the week, Ethier led the majors in average (.650), OBP (.741) and slugging (1.200). He kept it up tonight by going 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and is now batting .500 (21 for 42) in the 11 games since Joe Torre moved Manny Ramirez into the spot directly behind Ethier in the order. Hey, if Jeff Kent doesn’t like Manny getting the credit for helping him get hot, then somebody else will be happy to hit there. … Don’t worry about tonight. Yes, the Dodgers are supposed to beat teams like the Padres, especially when they’re fighting for a playoff spot. But every once in a while, you just run into a pitcher like this. Cha Seung Baek was all but unhittable tonight, shutting out the boys on three hits over seven innings. And every once in a while, that unhittable pitcher is the same guy you rocked for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings just six days earlier. Dodgers fall to 73-71, but in this crazy division, that’s still good enough for a 1 1/2-game lead over the Snakes.

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  • max_power

    Andre proving to be more valuable then Juan Pierre?!?!?! Shocking! Too bad it took Joe more then a quarter of the season to figure that out.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    Max,

    I actually think it was more than HALF the season.

  • Denton True

    Max, yeah, no kidding.

    Ethier matches Vlad Guerrero in OBP, batting average, and slugging percentage. I know this isn’t Vlad’s best year but it’s ridiculous to think Ethier was fighting for time with Juan Pierre. That would be like Scioscia saying Vlad needed to compete with Gary Matthews Jr.

    Or Reggie Willits.

    Funny, both the Matthews and Pierre signed their deals before 2007 season. Both SoCal clubs talked up the signings but most intelligent fans saw them as they were – really bad deals. Now both players are pouting on the bench with their teams in first place.

  • Denton True

    Max, yeah, no kidding.

    Ethier matches Vlad Guerrero in OBP, batting average, and slugging percentage. I know this isn’t Vlad’s best year but it’s ridiculous to think Ethier was fighting for time with Juan Pierre. That would be like Scioscia saying Vlad needed to compete with Gary Matthews Jr.

    Or Reggie Willits.

    Funny, both the Matthews and Pierre signed their deals before 2007 season. Both SoCal clubs talked up the signings but most intelligent fans saw them as they were – really bad deals. Now both players are pouting on the bench with their teams in first place.

  • AZShaker

    If you look at his game logs, it’s a lot of 2 games on, one game off, or one game on , two games off. I shouted all year that a young player cannot gain confidence without consistent playing time. Kempe blossomed when he started to play EVERY DAY. He really blossomed when Torre inserted him at the top of the lineup. Once he moved him out, he’s been mediocre. Since Martin has sucked balls leading off, I’d switch him and Kemp. Back to Ethier. Put him in the 2 slot, and let him know he will play against EVERYBODY, period. That’s all it took. Just 110 games after it should have.

    Look at his AB’s. They’ve been beautiful. Deep into counts, moving over runners, driving guys in. Hitting for power, hitting for average. Playing with the confidence of knowing that a bad game or two is not going to get him some “pine time”.

    And doing it all without acting like a spoiled douche. Giving Manny the credit he deserves. Smart kid.

  • TeamHasHoles

    Where’s 5th OF when we need him for ridicule.

  • max_power

    Yeah where has 5th OF been lately? Probably too busy crying in his slappy jersey at this fact…

    Record when Pierre gets 1 or more ABs
    45-59

    Record when Pierre gets 0 ABs
    28-12