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  1. Some of his LOB issue is that he’s terrible at holding runners, singles and walks are doubles.

    Comment by Matt — August 31, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

  2. Contreras? Didn’t he like, choose poorly in that Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade movie?

    Guy was already old, but he sure got old fast, even for an old… you get the idea.

    Comment by The Typical Idiot Fan — September 1, 2009 @ 1:19 am

  3. the PTBNL in the garland trade is TONY ABREU…. what a JOKE ned colletti is…. 5 starts of garland for Tony abreu… a guy who was TEARING UP AAA and would be the dodgers 2nd basemen of the future Once hudson gets his smiling ass out of dodger town

    Comment by Matthew — September 1, 2009 @ 1:54 am

  4. Isn’t it possible that Contreras simply loses more than a normal pitcher does when he goes to the stretch? Seems like a logical reason why he’d underperform LOB% consistently.

    Comment by Kevin S. — September 1, 2009 @ 2:49 am

  5. SSS alert, but last time Thome played 1B, he had a +4.4 UZR/150 over 436 innings.

    Thome is still an elite hitter, that’s a lot of pop to leave chilling on the bench for most of the game.

    Comment by Joe R — September 1, 2009 @ 6:32 am

  6. I’d be surprised if the Dodgers picked up Thome and the 2.2 or so remaining on his contract just to PH. Loney hasn’t hit righties well this year and has reverse splits, so I’m assuming Thome picks up a whole whack of starts vs. RHP and gets removed for defensive purposes late in the game.

    Comment by Ari — September 1, 2009 @ 7:51 am

  7. Contreras probably just absolutely sucks from the stretch. That would explain a bad strand rate. I can’t imagine what the Rockies see in him, but you never know.

    Comment by Rob in CT — September 1, 2009 @ 8:01 am

  8. True, but I wouldn’t read too much into 112 PA vs. LHP. Career-wise, he has a .297/.353/.461 guy vs. righties and a .286/.350/.426 vs. lefties, with about the same BABIP against both.

    The way more interesting split for Loney is this:
    Home: .267/.331/.377
    Away: .320/.373/.523

    Granted 1/9th of those road games are in Colorado, but that’s huge. That’s the difference between an all star (or borderline) and a AAAA guy at 1st.

    Comment by Joe R — September 1, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  9. He’d be 17th of 80 starters if he pitched a few more innings in GB rate. High GB pitchers can usually do well in Colorado.

    His FB rate is also high, though, which could make things dicey.

    Comment by Joe R — September 1, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  10. Thome told Colletti he can’t play first anymore.

    Comment by Teej — September 1, 2009 @ 10:20 am

  11. Meh, I guess for a 24 year old in single A, getting Thome’s pretty good.
    In fact, wtf, Kenny Williams couldn’t at least ask for a guy who could pan out as a middle reliever?

    Comment by Joe R — September 1, 2009 @ 11:10 am

  12. The only way Thome starts is if there is an emergency. He has a bad back and can’t play the field anymore. He will be a pinch hitter the rest of the way until/if the Dodgers make the WS and he can then DH.

    Comment by Paulie L. — September 1, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  13. You seen Thome run lately? He’s never been fast, but if they kept a stat for “Singles off the wall” he’d be leading the league just in the last month. It takes a triple to score him from second. Not sure he’s real capable of playing first except in an emergency.

    Comment by Mike — September 1, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  14. Small sample size alert, but John Garlands postseason numbers are pretty darn good.

    2 starts, 16 innings, 11H, 3BB, 11K

    Comment by Mike — September 1, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

  15. Charlie Haeger has one bad inning and gets yanked from the rotation. Ned Colletti and the Dodgers can bite me.

    Comment by delatopia — September 1, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

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