Logan and Kiké are not answering their questions in the affirmative

The biggest question the Dodgers had to answer this season when the season started was how much the injury to Justin Turner was going to affect the team.

The answer on April 16th. Quite a bit.

The two players on the hot seat because of the Turner injury are Logan Forsythe and Kiké Hernandez and both have been black holes in the anemic Dodger offense. You can look at other suspects like Puig, but Puig has simply hit into bad luck smoking many outs.  Corey Seager has also been missing but unlike Logan and Kiké, Corey has nothing to prove.

Logan and Kiké both had big post seasons and you could have easily made a case that the Dodgers would miss Turner, but not much. Not like this.

Kiké was supposed to use this time to prove he was more than a utility player, someone who could hit right hand pitching enough to warrant consideration for more playing time. Instead, Kiké looks like he did in 2016 when it was hard to quantify his place on the roster. He is not hitting left-handers. He is not hitting right-handers.  This was his moment to shine, instead, he has been nothing but cloud cover.

Logan Forsythe was supposed to prove that his down 2017 season was due to injuries and he would bounce back big in 2018. Instead, he’s been horrible and now is back on the DL due to shoulder problems. Was his anemic hitting due to his shoulder issues? How long has he had the shoulder issues?

Either way, when Justin Turner comes back, the Dodgers may get their 3rd base problem solved but do they have a viable second baseman? If Forsythe or Hernandez can’t cut it, they could always move Chris Taylor back to 2nd base and shift Joc back to CF. Or bring up Alex Verdugo to play CF.

They do have options, but what they don’t have is the luxury of running away with the NL West as they have done in previous years. The Diamondbacks may not be as good as their current record, but they don’t need to be, to keep the Dodgers on their toes.

Anyway, good thing they resigned Chase Utley isn’t it? He with the OPS+ of 154

Name                         PA   BA   OBP  SLG   OPS OPS+
Chris Taylor                 64 .230  .250 .443  .693   88
Corey Seager*                61 .200  .279 .255  .533   50
Yasiel Puig                  60 .222  .283 .296  .580   62
Cody Bellinger*              57 .309  .333 .455  .788  117
Logan Forsythe               49 .174  .224 .283  .507   40
Yasmani Grandal#             45 .359  .444 .564 1.009  179
Matt Kemp                    44 .300  .364 .450  .814  125
Enrique Hernandez            43 .167  .256 .306  .561   56
Chase Utley*                 36 .333  .417 .500  .917  154
Joc Pederson*                29 .154  .241 .231  .472   33
Austin Barnes                25 .250  .400 .300  .700   99
Kyle Farmer                  15 .286  .333 .357  .690   93
Breyvic Valera#                    1                 1.000
Rank in 15 NL teams                5    10   13         12
Non-Pitcher Totals          529 .246  .312 .374  .686   90

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/16/2018.

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1 Comment

  1. 68elcamino427

    We can hope that Taylor jumps back into the line-up and picks up right where he left off.
    It might take some time for this to happen though. Turner’s swing looks simple, but it is a “high maintenance” swing. The swing involves a lot of timing and a lot of reps to stay on top of it. Gotta have the feel and it starts with the hands …

    Hernandez looks like a hitter who does well against LHP.
    He needs to just stick with this.
    Attempting to re-tune his swing to hit RHP has his program all discombobulated.

    Forsythe looks done. He said in this morning’s OC Register that the throw from 3B requires more extension of his throwing arm and this is the cause of his sore shoulder.
    No more 3B for you!

    Puig??? Is it really as simple as BABIP?
    We will find out soon enough.

    Seager entered Spring Training and the Regular season with the seed of doubt surrounding the health of his right elbow. If this is not the cause of his present troubles we can only hope the culprit is identified and corrected asap!

    At least Bellinger is showing good signs lately.

    The Dodgers find themselves in last place in the NL West this morning.
    Nobody saw this coming leaving Spring Training.

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