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Old 08-18-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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If the Anaheim Angels can have their own 1B thread, then so can the Dodgers.

Unfortunately, I'm making this thread for the opposite reason.

The combined totals for all players playing first base this season are .335/.442 (OBP/SLG)

The Angels' first basemen are hitting a combined .345/.523 on the season which is about 20% better than the average hitter.

Dodgers first basemen are hitting just .290/.352 which is 34% worse than the league average hitter.

That's totally unacceptable.

The main culprits are James Loney (.303/.344) and Juan Rivera (.268/.379) who have combined to produce 20 runs less than the average hitter. Then, there is defense. Loney is usually considered a good defender and UZR has him at +5 runs this season. Rivera is a terrible outfielder and UZR has him at -6 runs. All told, the duo has cost the Dodgers about 11 runs this season.

Meanwhile Jerry Sands has been crushing the ball in AAA. He's hitting .377/.540 in Albuquerque which is 33% better than the average hitter in that league. That includes a terrible April where he hit just .330/.359. Sands changed his swing and has been blasting the ball ever since.

ZiPS projects Sands to hit .310/.420 for the rest of the season. At the same time Loney is projected for .320/.370 and Rivera for .310/.390.

None of these options are ideal, but with every win possibly being the difference between the post season and going home after the 162nd game the Dodgers should take a hint from the Baltimore Orioles who called up prospect Manny Machado to play 3B. LA knows what it will get out of Loney and Rivera - nothing. Sands is unlikely to hit significantly worse, but provides the possibility for hitting significantly better. LA needs to take that chance.

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Old 08-18-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Brett Pill was sent back down again when Sandoval returned from the DL, he's probably available.

Make an offer.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Brett Pill was sent back down again when Sandoval returned from the DL, he's probably available.

Make an offer.
Sands' ZiPS projection: .310/.420
Pill's ZiPS projection: .290/.390

Sands' major league career (251 PAs): .325/.375 = league average production (309 wOBA)
Pill's major league career (159 PAs): .290/.435 = league average production (309 wOBA)

Sands last 2 seasons minors (866 PAs): .361/.563
Pill last 2 seasons minors (797 PAs): .340/.516

Not interested
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Sands' ZiPS projection: .310/.420
Pill's ZiPS projection: .290/.390

Sands' major league career (251 PAs): .325/.375 = league average production (309 wOBA)
Pill's major league career (159 PAs): .290/.435 = league average production (309 wOBA)

Sands last 2 seasons minors (866 PAs): .361/.563
Pill last 2 seasons minors (797 PAs): .340/.516

Not interested
But....but....Pill is a clubhouse presence...he knows how to get the hits he needs to get....he's a gamer who stays focused and takes em one game at a time and just wants to go out there and do what he needs to do to win. He stays within himself and doesn't try to do too much and gives 110% for nine innings...well, okay, he stays within 10% of himself, but that is still very good.

Of course I recognize your ploy, you are faking disinterest to try and jack up the price. Okay. How about we make it Pill plus all the bottles found in Melkey's locker after he was suspended?

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Right on cue, James Loney providing the cream to Hanley Ramirez' and Luis Cruz' Oreo-back-to-back-to-back home runs.
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