Uribe had a 13-game hitting streak from April 15 to May 4 that raised his slash line to .279/.318/.361 for the season. Since then Guerrero and Justin Turner have taken the majority of starts while Uribe has just two hits, both singles, in 19 at-bats. He’s gone from starting third baseman to “part of the mix” to, as manager Don Mattingly said Sunday, “eh, part of our club”:
True story: It was cloudy, breezy and growing unusually cold as the Dodgers filed onto the field for their usual pregame stretch today. The skies were gray. I asked Brett Anderson if he thought it was going to rain. “No,” he said. “I’m not pitching today.” (Outside joke.)
It didn’t rain Friday, but a couple droughts ended in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres.
The Dodgers entered Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres with a 31-inning scoreless streak. It was ultimately extended to 35, tying a Los Angeles Dodgers record, before Andre Ethier drove in Justin Turner in the fifth inning.
Jimmy Rollins, who’s slashing .196/.260/.326 over the last month, batted second today. He’s batted second in each of his starts since April 29. Before the game I asked Don Mattingly if he would consider moving Rollins down in the lineup in order to jump-start the offense.
“Obviously at some point you have to make decisions on what’s best for the club,” Mattingly said. “If we get there, that’s what we do.”
That’s the closest Mattingly has come to acknowledging that moving Rollins down in the order is in the team’s best interest. If that’s the case, the manager has thus far chosen to defer to a veteran player who isn’t interested in batting lower than second. The Dodgers entered play Friday with a 24-16, good for first place in the National League West, which might be buying Rollins some time to sort things out.
All this is nothing new, really. But to this point in the season, questions involving Rollins’ numbers were typically met with a response about the quality of Rollins’ at-bats. So for Mattingly to acknowledge the elephant in the room is at least blog-worthy.