That sounds like a law firm, like Dewey, Cheatem and Howe…. but it’s not.
I suggested this over the Winter and I am going to suggest it again: It’s time to play Enrique Hernandez everyday! Yes, I know he has a history of not hitting RH pitching, but he also has a history of hitting some pretty big home runs off RH pitchers. This year, he has 91 at-bats against RH pitchers and 90 against LH pitchers. As expected he is hitting .220 against righties and .244 against lefties. Of his 12 HR in just 181 AB’s (that’s a HR every 15 AB’s), 7 are against lefties and 5 against righties. His energy is contagious and his power is prodigious. He deserves a shot at a full time job. It doesn’t have to be in the same position – it can be 2B, SS, 3B or CF and I think he could start at any of those positions if needed. He is defensively gifted… I don’t care what his detractors say.
I say “Just give him a chance.” Doc should say “Kike, you are playing everyday unless you are tired or injured.” That should take some of the pressure off and allow him to relax. It’s time we quit looking at Kike as a utilityman and as a starter. If he plays the rest of the season, he will hit 30 HR… maybe he will have a .240 BA or maybe he will elevate that BA with regular play. Over the past 30 games, he is averaging .269 with a .345 OB% and has 7 HR in that span. Let him play everyday, Doc! He would join a pretty elite group of hitters who suddenly came into their own after age 26 (Turner, Martinez, Gennett, et al).
I have been a big fan of Yasmani since before the trade that brought him to the Dodgers, but he has never lived up to the potential I saw in him. It appears that this is who he is:
- An elite pitch framer;
- A great game caller;
- A very good catch and thrower;
- A deadly hot or deathly cold hitter; and
- A catcher who has trouble with some sliders in the dirt.
He is one of the Top 10 Catchers in baseball, but I was hoping for more. I guess there’s a lot of season left to redeem himself, but I would trade him IF the Dodgers could get Realmuto. Yes, the Dodgers are deep in catchers, but I would trade Grandal and their best catching prospect (Ruiz) for Realmuto because JT may be the best catcher in baseball and he is only 27. It is very unlikely, but if it could happen, I would do it.
I admit that he was pretty bad early on, but he has a great arm and FAZ stuck with him. After posting a 14.73 ERA in April, he reduced that to 4.05 in May and now it is 0.00 in June. His ERA on the year is down to 3.81 and he pitched 2 strong innings on Sunday to get the win. I think he will pitch in a lot of high-leverage situations the rest of the way. He might even replace Brandon Morrow (as long as he leaves his pants on – some of you won’t get that). Players evolve and Hudson is evolving. I think he has accepted his role and he is a very positive, can-do type of guy! He has overcame a lot of adversity and I root for him. AC stuck up for him on Sunday and rightfully so.
After his first season, I said that the Dodgers should trade him… but they didn’t. His talent is tantalizing and his actions are frustrating. I sense a growing level of resentment among his teammates. I don’t know how much value he has (maybe very little), but I would cash out on him yesterday and play Toles or Verdugo. Just my opinion… he is a good player, but he is an underachiever. For me, he is maddening. If I were FAZ, I would be shopping him.