One year ago, Dee Gordon made his major league debut, scoring a run as a pinch runner in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. A mere 366 days later, the Dodgers are back at CBP, looking for their third win in as many nights.
Gordon has had his ups and downs over the last calendar year, though this year has featured mostly downs. The 24-year old shortstop is hitting .230/.271/.286 and was briefly benched and demoted to the eighth spot in the order, though he has been promoted back to the leadoff spot, where Gordon is 4-for-12 with two runs scored in the last three games.
In the major leagues Gordon has hit .269 with a .299 on-base percentage in 444 plate appearances, with 38 steals in 51 attempts and 57 runs scored in 107 games. He is still a work in progress, and manager Don Mattingly has shown tremendous faith that Gordon will eventually turn things around.
Gordon won National League Rookie of the Month honors last September when he hit .372/.398/.451 with 21 runs scored in 26 games. Does he have another run like that in him? Well, since getting benched on May 19 Gordon has hit .314/.364/.373 in 15 games. That's a start.
Tommy Lasorda, who had a mild heart attack on Monday, is said to be resting comfortably in New York’s Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The Dodgers say Lasorda will spend another night in the hospital for observation and is expected to be released on Thursday.
After starting four of the last six games on the bench, James Loney returns to the starting lineup on Wednesday to face Kyle Kendrick, against whom he is 8-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs, and two walks in his career. Kendrick is one of eight pitchers to allow multiple home runs to Loney in his career. Tomorrow's starter, Cole Hamels, has allowed three.
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Game Time: 4:05 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket