Actually Kike Hernandez is a cross between the Energizer Bunny and a Swiss Army Knife. He’s kind of a Swiss Army Bunny! He just keeps going and going and he has an assortment of ways to beat you. Last night, he didn’t get a hit, but he did make a great catch in RF and took a walk and scored a run. Of course we have seen him make plays all over the field at every position but catcher.
His .224 batting average doesn’t begin to tell the story of his importance to this team. His .789 OPS comes closer, and the fact that 26 of his 39 hits are for extra bases is another important facet of his game. He’s not a Punch and Judy groundout type of utilityman. Rather, his bat has some major pop. He’s the 2017 version of Mickey Hatcher, but with ability to play more positions and a lot more pop in his bat.
This 2017 version of the Stuntmen is pretty special. After the All-Star Break, these could be the 2017 Stuntmen:
- Kike Hernandez = Mickey Hatcher
- Austin Barnes = Rick Dempsey
- Adrian Gonzalez = Danny Heep
- Chase Utley = Dave Anderson
- Trayce Thompson = Mike Davis
OK, that’s a stretch… but humor me. These are the 2017 Stuntmen! But wait! There’s more. There is also Verdugo and Calhoun. Here’s a funny “But Wait:
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Rants and Raves
- What did I tell you about Rich Hill? Logan Forsythe? Chris Taylor? Austin Barnes? Cody Bedllinger? I’m on a roll…. and AC called Alex Wood! LA Dodger Talk – we tell you the truth! Isn’t that right, Truth?
- Chris Taylor now has 10 HR this year, 3 of which are Grand Slams. In 61 plate appearances batting first this year, he has a 1.263 OPS. I think they call that a “trend.” I think I would just let him start every game there.
- Using the SRS (Simple Rating System), which is the number of runs that a team is better or worse than the average team, the Astros are the second best team with a 1.5 SRS and the Dodgers are the #1 Team with a 1.7 SRS. The Dodgers are also tied with Houston for the most wins in baseball.
- Dodger’s Nation takes another look at the Dee Gordon trade
- By the way, Alex Wood’s teammates call him Woody:
- Get out the brooms!
- Minor League Report