April 21, 2012 |
As my teenage boys are fond of saying, “Wait, what?” The left-handed hitting Andre Ethier has pretty much owned right-handed pitchers throughout his six-year career, batting .308 with a .526 slugging percentage. It has never been a problem. Left-handers have been another matter, the sour to the sweet from the other side. For his career, the Dodgers' right fielder has a .244 batting average and .363 slugging percentage against lefties. And in recent years, the problem had only grown more exacerbated.
October 9, 2013 |
Wednesday came and went, and the Dodgers apparently still don't know if Andre Ethier will be able to play center in the National League Championship Series. Manager Don Mattingly said they expect Ethier to be able to do more in the next round and that Wednesday's workout at Dodger Stadium would give them a better indication of how much they could expect from Ethier. Yet when Ethier was done hitting and tracking balls down in center -- without apparent difficulty -- he said nothing had really changed about his status.
February 21, 2014 |
Poor Andre Ethier, we knew him well. Hope he enjoys his next stop in Houston, or Siberia, or Guantanamo Bay, or wherever he's headed. If you're a Dodger, there are just certain things in life you never do. You don't take the last plate of pasta away from Tommy Lasorda, you don't criticize Vin Scully and you never, ever do any harm to Sandy Koufax. Alas, Ethier is now guilty of the third, and it's too bad, because I always kinda liked him, whichever Ethier he was that day. But Friday during batting practice at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, Ethier had the misfortune of sending a line drive off the head of Koufax . Amazingly, no blue bolt crackled from the heavens to strike Ethier down.
June 27, 2013 |
It's Andre Ethier, a man for all fields. Ethier has spent most all of his career in right field, but moved to center when Matt Kemp spent most of the month on the disabled list, and he played it very well. But Thursday he was moved again, this time starting in left field, with Kemp in center and Yasiel Puig and his rifle arm moving to right. And this figures to be the team's main defensive alignment in the foreseeable future, or until left-fielder Carl Crawford returns and things get real interesting.
November 15, 2012 |
Oh, Andre, you are just so damn hot! Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love. What, Andre Ethier doesn't get your temperature rising? You're looking at this all wrong. Like he's just a good baseball player or something. No, apparently the Dodgers' outfielder is much more than that. He's hot. Like supernova hot. Like melts-poor-defenseless-women-where-they-stand hot. If only they were all left-handed pitchers. If you feel as if you've been left behind on this love train - sorry, should not mix song references in the same post - then you obviously haven't stepped into the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory of late.
September 14, 2013 |
Players are falling so fast, the Dodgers are still calling up fresh bodies in the middle of September. Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez were out of the lineup Saturday, and Matt Kemp remained in Arizona testing his sore hamstring, so the Dodgers called up outfielders Alex Castellanos and Nick Buss from triple-A Albuquerque. Ethier left Friday's game after aggravating a sore left ankle, and Manager Don Mattingly said Saturday the outfielder would miss at least a few days.
October 13, 2013 |
Now for the Dodgers' definitive injury report on Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier -- they have no idea. It could, of course, just be that they're not telling, but they somewhat understandably said during Sunday's optional workout at Dodger Stadium that they were uncertain whether either would be able to start Monday's crucial Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramirez (ribs) said he's planning to try to play, and Ethier (ankle) said he just did not know whether he could effectively play the field.
October 8, 2009 |
Andre Ethier batted .202 over his final 35 games of the regular season. But Ethier refused to acknowledge that he was heading into the playoffs on a slump. "The last few weeks have been great," he said, before going two for three with two runs scored in Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals. "We won and clinched a playoff spot. In your eyes they were probably tough." But his numbers were down . . . "My numbers are great for the year, what are you talking about?"
May 25, 2009 |
The Dodgers had a four-run lead going into the third inning Sunday. Their starting pitcher, Chad Billingsley, had not given up more than three runs in any of his nine starts this season. Nothing added up the rest of the way for Billingsley or the Dodgers, except the Angels' runs. The Angels pecked away at the Dodgers' most steady starter, scoring two runs in the third and three more in the sixth on the way to a 10-7 victory at Dodger Stadium.
April 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK — Andre Ethier hadn't seen his splits with men in scoring position. "I feel it's not good," Ethier said. He was right. Entering Thursday, the player who used to be called Captain Clutch was two for 19. But Ethier managed to single when it mattered most in the final game of the Dodgers' six-game trip, delivering a ninth-inning hit to drive in the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets. Ethier didn't know why he wasn't doing this earlier, as he couldn't point to anything wrong with his approach with men on base.