Los Angeles Dodgers News And Notes

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 28, 2011

On Wednesday afternoon, I found out that in two weeks I will be making my first trip to southern California. I have been to Pebble Beach before (2001 US Open), but that’s it for my California experience.


Ethier's hit streak has reached 24 games

Though I am excited about the business trip, I am more excited that I will be able to get to a Los Angeles Dodgers game on the Saturday I will be there. They are playing the Arizona Diamondbacks, so I am clearly hoping for a Clayton Kershaw vs. Daniel Hudson pitching matchup.

Now that I will be seeing them in person, let’s catch up with the team that currently has the worst ownership situation in all of sports.

24 down, 32 to go for Ethier: In Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the Florida Marlins, OF Andre Ethier went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 24 games. His 24-game hitting streak is the longest in MLB since Ryan Zimmerman‘s 30-game streak back in 2009.

Ethier’s streak hasn’t been one of those 1-for-4 cheapies either. He’s hitting over .400 during the streak with three HR’s, 10 doubles, and over a 1.000 OPS. He will try to extend the streak on Friday against the San Diego Padres’ Clayton Richard. Ethier has one hit in 13 career PA’s against Richard.

I love following hitting streaks and when they get above 30, they become very exciting. But it’s hard to get too excited because 30 is just a little over halfway there.

I think once someone gets into Pete Rose territory (44 games), then it’s game on. Until that happens, let’s enjoy Ethier’s streak while it lasts.

By the way, if Ethier still has the steak doing when I go to the Dodger game, his streak will be at 38 games.

Who’s closing game? There’s always one constant in any poorly run organization. That’s poor communication between employees.

On Tuesday, GM Ned Colletti went on the radio and said Jonathan Broxton was no longer the closer and that they would be going to the famed closer-by-committee approach. This was apparently news to manager Don Mattingly.

Mattingly had to sit down with Broxton and inform he was still the closer. Glad to see everyone in the Dodgers’ organization is on the same page.

Broxton’s second run as closer lasted less than 24 hours because now Broxton has elbow issues. Broxton has some elbow soreness, which has opened the door for Vicente Padilla to get some saves. Padilla closed out Wednesday’s win against Florida.

I would say Broxton is on a very short leash in LA. If Padilla is able to get the job done while he is on the shelf, I could see the Dodgers rolling with him for the foreseeable future.

Casey Blake likely headed to DL. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mattingly was told by trainer Stan Conte that Blake could miss up to four weeks with an infected left elbow. In all likelihood, Blake will be headed to the DL.

This would be a big blow to an already weak Dodger lineup. Outside of the before mentioned Ethier and Matt Kemp, Blake was the only guy in their lineup who was doing anything. Blake was hitting .321/.446/.509 with two HR’s in 66 PA’s this season.

What makes matters even worse, is that Blake’s replacement at third, Juan Uribe, is day-to-day with a thigh injury. Now the Dodgers might have to roll with Aaron Miles at third until either of them are healthy.

I’ll take “Signs you know your team is in trouble” for $1000 Alex.

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