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Juan Uribe is batting fifth for the Dodgers tonight

Apr 9, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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All that money, all those moves, and yet the Dodgers have Juan Uribe batting fifth tonight against the Padres.

Uribe is 0-for-6 this season, hit .191 last season, and has hit .196 with a .546 OPS in 145 total games for the Dodgers since 2011.

Of course, knowing how these things tend to work Uribe will probably go 4-for-4 with two homers batting behind Adrian Gonzalez. He has a good track record versus Padres starter Clayton Richard, which is I suppose how manager Don Mattingly justifies the whole thing.

  1. livepredictor - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Dodgers will be fine…but look for a MAJOR trade by The All-Star break.

    • paperlions - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      What do they have left to trade? Unless they are just buying bad contracts, they really don’t have anything to barter with that would result in a “major trade”.

      • biasedhomer - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        They have Yasiel Puig to trade, although it would be stupid to trade him for a short term solution.

        They could trade Ethier though, and call up Puig to replace him. Even though he is on a bad contract, Ethier is a good player if healthy.

      • davidpom50 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        I would expect to see them move some of the following before the deadline:

        1 of Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, or Jerry Hairston – 2 might go if Dee Gordon turns things around in AAA and Luis Cruz fails to repeat his 2012.
        1 or both of Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano
        Either Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier.

        The Dodgers will pay the majority of the big dollars remaining for these guys, and pick up prospects while clearing room for young guys including Yasiel Puig and some bullpen arms, while re-stocking the farm left bare by McCourt.

      • paperlions - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Yeah, but NONE of those guys are bringing much back. Lily is probably the most valuable. Most of those guys are role players or have contracts that kill their trade value.

        I’m not saying they won’t make trades….they just don’t have anything to trade that has real trade value (because in trades contracts matter).

      • paperlions - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        I don’t think Puig is going anywhere, they aren’t stupid.

        Yeah, Ethier could be traded if Puig is ready to replace him (honestly, that seems like a long shot, his plate discipline is horrible, right now MLB pitchers would eat him alive…though, he would clobber any mistakes)…but Ethier deal is not a good one…so they would have to eat a lot of money to get anything at all for him…and even then, they couldn’t get much, okay hitting slow corner OFers aren’t exactly super rare.

      • davidpom50 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        You’re right that Ethier’s deal is bad, but that’s why I stipulated that the Dodgers would pay most of it. And you’re wrong about his value – guys who are among the 5 or so very best players at hitting right handed pitching are extremely rare. In fact, there’s only 5 or so of them. One unnamed GM said that if the Dodgers paid the contract, he’d give up anybody in his system for Ethier.

  2. rocketsteadman - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Plus he’s a right-handed bat in between two lefties (AGonz and Ethier). Stupid strategy, but apparently its something managers believe in…

    • davidpom50 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Uh… The Padres have 1 LOOGY reliever. How is it stupid to make sure he can’t pitch to both Gonzalez and Ethier (who is absolutely putrid against lefties) without also facing a righty?

      • ptfu - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        That would make sense if the right-handed hitter could, you know, actually hit against lefties. But I don’t think Bud Black will be intimidated by Juan Uribe’s career .245/.294/.411 line against lefties in 1300 PAs. That’s almost identical to the numbers he puts up against righties, and isn’t much better than Ethier’s career numbers against lefties. No reason to let Uribe have any effect on your pitching matchup strategy, because he sucks against everybody.

  3. losangelesfan - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Wow…that’s…awful.

  4. phipfwe76 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Solid double play there with the bases loaded to end the 1st.

  5. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Why did they give Andre Eithier that contract again?

    Seriously, why did they do ir? They’ll never be able to move him now.

  6. losanginsight - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    A 2 run jack for Juan today.
    Can’t Beat LA!

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