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James Loney is on fire ever since the Dodgers asked him to warm up as a pitcher

Aug 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

James Loney swinging

It took six months, but James Loney is finally hitting.

Actually, maybe all it took was for the Dodgers to have him warm up in the bullpen as an emergency pitching option. Since that happened on August 21 he’s 18-for-35 (.514) with four homers and five doubles, which is pretty amazing considering Loney hit .254 with a grand total of five homers in the 123 previous games.

Loney’s overall numbers remain terrible for a first baseman, as his OPS is a career-low .709 and he’s managed just 28 extra-base hits and 32 walks in 471 plate appearances.

He’s on track to finish with a sub-.400 slugging percentage for the third straight season and if the Dodgers are smart they won’t let any late-season hot streaks talk them into keeping Loney around for another year. If he isn’t non-tendered Loney will make at least $5 million in 2012 via arbitration.

  1. Mark - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    “And if the Dodgers were smart”

    They would have non-tendered him years ago and wouldn’t be bankrupt.

  2. dbrown23lak - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    You know i thought it was when they moved him into Either’s spot.

  3. dodger88 - Aug 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Perhaps he should throw on the side like pitchers. He is probably saving his job for one more year when combined with the poor play and commentary coming from Ethier. Since the Dodgers won’t have the funds to go after the likes of Fielder, Pujols, et al they may as well roll the dice with Either & Loney and maybe even Juan Rivera for one more year.

  4. lanflfan - Aug 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Love his defense but it’s time for a change of scenery.

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