Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two Good Games, And Suddenly There's Controversy

Alex Guerrero had his first major league HR on Sunday, and then was the walk-off winner Monday. And now, according to Mark Saxon, third base is a "muddled picture":

Guerrero -- perhaps the most mysterious player on the Dodgers' 25-man roster -- showed the Dodgers he can do something else they didn't know he could do: get a bucket of sugary red liquid dumped on his head. Guerrero came up with a clutch, two-out single to drive in Andre Ethier with the winning run in the Dodgers' comeback 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings and Yasiel Puig gave him the requisite dowsing as he did his postgame interview.

The Dodgers love Uribe's leadership. They rely on his stabilizing defense for the left side of their infield. They felt like his bat down low in the lineup was a key to their offensive continuity last season.

But there's no hiding the fact that he's getting up there -- he recently celebrated his 36th birthday -- and a rough spring was followed by a sluggish start to the season, both offensively and defensively. His hamstrings were a constant nuisance in 2014 and already they're starting to give him problems this season.

So, while Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Uribe will be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday, he sounded far from staunch in his description of Uribe's grasp on the everyday third-base job. Justin Turner batted .340 last year and was second to Yasiel Puig in wins above replacement among Dodgers position players and now Guerrero is starting to put some heat on Uribe, too.

Criminy, we've already got outfield controversy that has spanned over two seasons. Let's calm down on a two-game Guerrero spike (especially if Uribe's hammies are indeed in need of rest), and let this play out...at least into week three of the season.


Dusty Baker said...

Hot hand! (ducks)

Jason said...

*gooses Dusty*