The Silver Fox eludes the bloodhounds of time
Logan Forsythe the starting 2nd baseman had gotten hurt on April 23rd and was a month away. It was now up to the 38-year-old second baseman to find out if he had anything left. Things didn’t look promising, Chase looked done but maybe he could find a rhythm with steady at-bats.
Chase got some regular at-bats but did nothing with them. On May 3rd you could be excused if you felt that Chase Utley had run out of time as a productive major league ballplayer. He was after all only 5 for 48 with one double. Even more telling he had just taken three called 3rd strikes against the Giants in one game. The bloodhounds of time were hot on his tail and he had been treed, the only thing left was for time to shoot him out of his tree.
That is what we expected to happen. Instead, the Silver Fox somehow eluded time and landed on his spry feet hungry for competition.
On May 5th and 8th he went a combined 0 – 3 but there had been some sign of life in his bat. He made contact each time and hit the ball hard something he had rarely done in 2017.
On May 9th he hit a pinch-hit double. On May 10th another double. May 11th it was a triple. May 12th was another triple. The OPS had jumped from .325 to .601 in four games. The extra base power was back. Or was it? He would not collect another XBH over his next nine games. The OPS had sauntered back to .569. Had that brief four-game fling been a mirage?
Many thought so.
Many were wrong.
From May 25th thru May 30th, Chase Utley slugged three home runs, a double, and a triple. His OPS now stands at .777.
Whatever happens going forward won’t detract from the fact that the Silver Fox helped save the Dodgers bacon in May. First Logan Forsythe went down and he helped at 2nd. Adrian Gonzalez went down and Andrew Toles, moving Chase to 1st base. Justin Turner went down so he went back to 2nd base.
Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger are compelling stories, but Chase Utley’s resurgence at age 38 can stand side by side with those other men of May.
Oh, and by the way, Chase Utley has three triples in May. You want a crazy looking leaderboard? How about the most triples in May by a LAD. Chase cracks the list.
I bet you didn’t’ expect to see Blake DeWitt on this list, did you? Ron Cey? WTH!
Player Split Year 3B PA Willie Davis May 1970 5 123 Jim Gilliam May 1958 4 134 Manny Mota May 1970 4 86 Brett Butler May 1994 4 125 John Roseboro May 1958 3 74 Dick Gray May 1958 3 51 Maury Wills May 1961 3 125 Willie Davis May 1972 3 121 Ron Cey May 1973 3 125 Davey Lopes May 1979 3 127 Pedro Guerrero May 1982 3 120 Steve Sax May 1983 3 115 Jose Gonzalez May 1990 3 33 Mitch Webster May 1992 3 54 Jose Offerman May 1993 3 112 Raul Mondesi May 1994 3 113 Wilton Guerrero May 1997 3 90 Juan Pierre May 2009 3 125 Blake DeWitt May 2010 3 88 Chase Utley May 2017 3 79