Trending Up, Trending Down: Joc Pederson Assuming More Responsibility
Coming off a week which featured a three-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants and winning two out of three from the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers had the opportunity for revenge against two divisional rivals that already defeated them in a series this season, the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Against “the hated ones” at Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers took two out of three with strong pitching performances from the entire staff and followed that up with a solid sweep of the Diamondbacks, good enough for a 5-1 record during the week.
Let’s take a look at the players who found success and those that didn’t in the six-game span.
Jimmy Rollins: For the third consecutive week, Rollins finds himself back on this section after having another tough stretch at the plate. In six games (five starts), he recorded just three hits in 21 at-bats while drawing three walks. As a result, manager Don Mattingly has removed him from the lead off spot in favor of Joc Pederson.
However, it isn’t as though Rollins plummeted down the lineup card; he’s hit second in each game Pederson has led off.
Alex Guerrero: With Carl Crawford on the disabled list because of a torn oblique, Guerrero has been rewarded with additional playing time in left field after his hot start at the dish.
In three starts this week (five games total), he reached base just twice in 12 plate appearances, hitting a single and walking once. Because of such a small sample size, his batting line remains at an impressive .364/.389/.879.
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I just wanted to give Eithier his due credit, for not only playing great on both defense, and offense,but also for getting two hits yesterday, both off lefthanded pitchers! Andre is playing much like a use to play!
He gets paid to do that, and the last couple of years he has not….so good for him……
It is really hard to hit, when you are constantly pulled in and out of the lineup, especially after being an everyday player! Eithier offensive stats is not a miracle this year, it is because he is getting to play everyday! Also, when Crawford does come back this time, and Andre is stil hitting, Crawford must produce, and produce offensively at a very high rate, to even be considered the everyday left fielder again! Crawford does have speed, but Eithier has a better glove, and hits with more power than Crawford! Also, Andre is able to stay on the field much more than Carl!