Tag:Andre Ethier
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:48 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 2:49 am

3 up, 3 down: Hudson won't play second fiddle

Tim Hudson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 upTim Hudson, Braves -- While the baseball world was focused on Zack Greinke's first start as a member of the Brewers, the Braves' starter was sort of overlooked. Not after the game. Hudson allowed just one hit in his shutout victory, a fourth-inning double to Rickie Weeks. Hudson walked Weeks with two outs in the ninth, the only walk he allowed in the game. He struck out six.

Aneury Rodriguez, Astros -- Making his first big league start, the 23-year-old Rodriguez allowed just one hit -- a triple by Chris Valaika -- in his five innings of work against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, closer Brandon Lyons blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth to deny him the victory. A Rule 5 pick from the Rays in December, Rodriguez had made nine relief appearances before replacing Nelson Figueroa in the rotation on Wednesday.

Adam Lind, Blue Jays -- Lind went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over the Rays, his fourth multi-hit game in a row. He's hit in each of his last nine games, going 18 for 35 with five homers and 13 RBI in that stretch.

3 downLos Angeles Dodgers -- The team may not be able to pay its players (well, MLB will cover them, so no worries for the players), MLB vice president Rob Manfred said Frank McCourt isn't cooperating with the commissioner's office, Andre Ethier didn't play on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, Jonathan Broxton was shut down with a shoulder injury -- oh, and the team lost to the Cubs. But hey, the throwback uniforms were pretty cool (but not as cool as the Cubs').

Boston rain -- Ervin Santana had a no-hitter after five, but rain delayed the game, halting his no-hit bid. He was replaced by Rich Thompson after the rain delay of 2:35. Santana had struck out seven in four innings, walking one and hitting another. The Angels had a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning before Jed Lowrie broke it up with a single. The game started at 7:10 p.m. ET and didn't end until 2:45 a.m. ET Thursday morning, a 5-3 Angels victory in 13 innings. 

Cardinals defense -- The Cardinals had four errors in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Marlins. Yadier Molina, the best defensive catcher in the game, had two errors and pitcher Chris Carpenter added a pair himself.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:49 pm

Streakin'? Votto yes, Braun no

Joey Votto

By C. Trent Rosecrans

One streak ended on Wednesday, and it wasn't Andre Ethier's hitting streak. 

While the Dodger outfielder has gotten the headlines with his 29-game hitting streak -- interrupted with a sore left elbow on Wednesday -- two other players had perhaps even more impressive streaks going. Entering Wednesday's games, both Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Cincinnati's Joey Votto were the only players in Major League Baseball that had reached base in every one of their team's games this season.

Votto extended his streak to 30 with a single in the ninth inning, part of a Reds ninth-inning rally, while Braun's streak ended at 28 in the first game of a doubleheader against Atlanta. 

Braun went 0 for 4 with no walks against the Braves, lowering his slash line to /. Braun entered the game 6 for 15 with four homers in his career against Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson, but flew out twice and grounded out twice against the Braves starter and then flew out in the eighth against Scott Linebrink, to end his streak.

Braun will have a chance to start a new streak later today in the second game of the doubleheader.

While Ethier has garnered the headlines, both Votto and Braun have been better than Ethier. Votto is hitting .358/.485/.594 with five home runs and a 2.3 WAR (before Wednesday's game), according to Baseball-Reference.com. Braun is hitting .339/.430/.661 with 10 homers and a 1.5 WAR and Ethier is hitting .370/.436/.529 with three home runs and a 1.2 WAR.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:54 pm

Andre Ethier scratched from Wednesday game

By Evan Brunell

EthierAndre Ethier has been scratched from Wednesday's game with elbow inflammation. The Dodgers right fielder was originally in the lineup, but something changed between the lineup's posting and game time. Tony Gwynn Jr. is now starting in left field with Jay Gibbons moving to right. 

Gibbons is also batting third in the lineup in his first start back from the disabled list that kept him out all season long until Tuesday. The lineup has been besieged by so many injuries at this point that it is a lineup befitting Triple-A, not the majors. Check it out:

LF Tony Gwynn, Jr.
2B Aaron Miles
RF Jay Gibbons
CF Matt Kemp
SS Juan Uribe
1B James Loney
C Dioner Navarro
3B Russell Mitchell
P Ted Lilly

That is one messy lineup that may not even beat a Triple-A team, even if Ethier was in the lineup. Currently holding a 29-game hitting streak, Ethier will have to wait at least one more day to match the most recent long hitting streak, set by Ryan Zimmerman's in 2009 with 30 straight.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 11:19 pm

Ethier extends streak to 29

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Andre EthierAndre Ethier singled in the fourth inning of Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, extending his hitting streak to 29 games.

Ethier had grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, in the first inning.

With the signle past Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney into right, Ethier tied Zack Wheat for the second-longest hitting streak in Dodgers history. Wheat hit in 29 games in 1916. The team record is 31, set by Willie Davis in 1969.

Ethier will go for 30 tomorrow in a day game against Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano. Ethier is hitting .444/.500/.500 in his career against Zambrano, with eight hits in 18 at-bats, with one double and two walks.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 5:06 pm

On Deck: Dempster charged with stopping Ethier

Ryan Dempster

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Streak watch -- Ryan Dempster is the pitcher trying to stop the hitting streak of Dodgers' outfielder Andre Ethier. Last night, Ethier's fifth-inning infield single against Cubs starter James Russell extended his hitting streak to 28 games. Ethier is hitting a healthy .350/.435/.700 in 23 career plate appearances against Dempster, with seven hits, including four doubles and a homer in 20 at-bats. Dempster managed just one out while facing 10 hitters in his last outing, Thursday against the DiamondbacksCubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

Another streak -- Call Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez the anti-Ethier -- Ibanez has gone 14 days and 34 at-bats without a hit. Ibanez is batting sixth for the Phillies tonight against Washington's Livan Hernandez. Ibanez is 2 for 7 (.286) in his career against Hernandez with no extra-base hits. Nationals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET

One star in, one star out -- Evan Longoria makes his return from the disabled list tonight, but another star, Jose Bautista is not in the line for the Blue Jays tonight. Bautista left Sunday's game because of stiffness in his neck and the team was off on Monday. Rajai Davis is playing right field for the Blue Jays in Bautista's place, with Corey Patterson in center. Blue Jays at Rays, 6:40 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:46 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 12:42 am

Ethier halfway to DiMaggio; streak at 28

Andre Ethier

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Dodgers' Andre Ethier has extended his hitting streak to 28 games -- halfway to Joe DiMaggio's record.

After being called out on strikes in the first and grounding out in the third inning against Cubs left-hander James Russell, Either stuck his bat out with two strikes for a little looper to short, which bounced off Starlin Castro's glove, scoring Jerry Sands from third.

It was clearly a hit, although with Castro's arm, a good play would have made it interesting. It was Ethier's only hit of the night, finishing 1 for 4, dropping his average to .374.

On the call, Vin Scully noted it's the fourth time Ethier has extended his streak on an infield single.

With it, he broke a tie for third for longest streak in Dodgers history with Duke Snider and Ducky Medwick. Zack Wheat hit in 29 straight games in 1916 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while Willie Davis holds the franchise record with 31 games.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:55 pm

On Deck: Ethier looks for 28

Andre Ethier
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Streaking -- Los Angeles' Andre Ethier looks to extend his hitting streak to 28 against the Cubs tonight. Chicago starts left-hander James Russell, who Ethier's only faced once. In their lone matchup, Ethier grounded out to Russell on July 8, 2010. Ethier is hitting .219/.242/.344 against left-handers this year. Cubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

Matchup of the night -- Bartolo Colon's first two starts of the season have been fantastic -- he's 2-0 with a  1.84 ERA as a starter. Justin Verlander has traditionally started the season slowly, going 9-14 with a 4.75 ERA in March in April in his career, but he's 18-8 with a 2.75 ERA in the month of May. Yankees at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET

Flu boys -- Jered Weaver and Clay Buchholz each had their starts backed up a day to Monday after dealing with the flu on Sunday. Maybe that was just so we could see these two face-off at Fenway. Weaver was the best pitcher in the majors in April (so says CBSSports.com's baseball crew), but has struggled in his five career starts at Fenway Park, going 1-3 with a 7.76 ERA. Buchholz, 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA last season, haste to post and quality start this season. He's 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA. Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 10:28 am

Pepper: Streaking Ethier, struggling arms

By Matt Snyder
Baseball Today: Can Andre Ethier extend his hitting streak to 28 games? Will Madison Bumgarner and Clay Buchholz get back on track tonight? Tom Boorstein of MLB.com joins Lauren Shehadi with the latest.

Padres PAYROLL TO RISE: The San Diego Padres have been one of the teams in the majors unable to re-up with stud veteran players in recent years (Adrian Gonzalez is the latest example, as he was traded with the writing on the wall in terms of an extension), but things may change slightly in the near future. With a new TV deal on the horizon, CEO Jeff Moorad said Sunday a new deal would have a "direct impact" on player salaries, increasing the payroll by as much as 20 percent. (Sign on San Diego )

ON OSWALT: Roy Oswalt is tending to his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi and won't make it back for his previously scheduled start on Tuesday. Instead, he's likely to rejoin the team Thursday and start Saturday. (MLB.com ) In related matters, ESPN's Buster Olney noted Sunday night that he felt Oswalt -- among players with whom he's ever conversed -- is the most likely to leave baseball whenever he felt it necessary. I know a few years back Oswalt was a guy who had talked more than once about an early retirement. It's an interesting discussion in which there is no right answer, but he simply may be a guy who holds personal matters closer than his profession.

FICKLE FELIZ: Sunday, USA Today reported that Neftali Feliz said he wanted to close for the rest of his career -- and didn't want to deal with trying to stretch out as a starter. Later Sunday, however, he backtracked a bit, saying: "At the end of the year, we'll talk about it again." This shouldn't be a shock, as Feliz is young, emotional and has changed his mind on this specific issue before. (MLB.com )

SEND HIM A VALENTINE: Apparently Jose Reyes owes his ability to switch-hit with effectiveness to former manager Bobby Valentine. Reportedly, before Sunday night's game against the Phillies, Valentine told Mets manager Terry Collins, "in case anyone asks, I made him into a switch-hitter." It sounds a bit pompous on the surface, but it's evidently true, because Reyes backed him up. Sure, Reyes was already a switch-hitter, but he was awful from the left side until Valentine worked with him. “At that time it was still kind of new to me and I was struggling from the left side,” Reyes said. “I didn’t have any confidence, but Bobby helped me a lot. He really worked with me and it made a huge difference for me.” (New York Times )

A NEW CLUBHOUSE RECORD: Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello devoured 14 cheesesteaks during the weekend series in Philadelphia, setting a record for the visitors' clubhouse. Not shockingly, the previous record-holder was the robust Dmitri Young. (ESPN New York )

VERNON'S PICKLE: I didn't catch the go-ahead run in the Angels-Rays game Sunday (I watch as much as I can, but you can only toggle so much effectively -- stuff is bound to get missed), but I repeatedly saw on Twitter and in my Google Reader how Vernon Wells was the hero for his savvy baserunning display. It's interesting, all he really did was get caught in a rundown. (MLB.com ) I've defended Wells in the past against home fans booing him, but this is a bit hard to understand. It would have been lazy and, frankly, stupid if he didn't avoid the initial tag. It's probably just a case of a guy struggling and local writers/fans just wanting to praise him for anything positive. And I won't blame anyone for that.

The Pirates have been maligned for the better part of the last 20 years for not holding any quality players through free agency, coughing most up via trade. Andrew McCutchen has the potential to be a superstar and there is talk he might get a long-term contract. In fact, he said, "I'm willing to be here for my whole career." (Post-Gazette ) He won't be eligible for free agency until 2016, but this is a nice movement to see. I'm no Pirates fan, but it's not good for the game as a whole if any clubs are unable to keep any quality players.

DAY OR NIGHT? "The Decider" in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch poses the question, would you rather attend a baseball game during the day or at night? There are bound to be different answers for different circumstances -- for example, he points out that in St. Louis, humidity during the day in the middle of the summer is just brutal -- so the answers will most certainly vary. For me, being a Cubs fan, I will always choose day over night. There's just something about the sun shining over a 1:20 game that cannot be duplicated at night.

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