2013 Dodgers review: Carl Crawford

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

A look back at the 2013 season of the Dodgers left fielder, who started and ended the season on fire.

After two seasons ravaged by injury in Boston, Carl Crawford enjoyed a relatively healthy and productive season in his first year in Los Angeles. Here is a look at his 2013 campaign with the Dodgers.

What went right

Crawford was on fire in April, hitting .308/.388/.516 with 20 runs scored and through May 6 led the Dodgers with five home runs.

He also hit 1.000/1.000/2.000 in June, but unfortunately that was limited to two doubles in two at-bats.

Crawford also provided solid range in left field, a welcome relief after watching the likes of Juan Rivera, Bobby Abreu and occasionally Jay Gibbons occupy the position in recent years. Crawford was fourth among MLB left fielders in both Ultimate Zone Rating (8.6 runs above average) and Total Zone Rating (eight runs above average).

In the playoffs Crawford hit .310/.356/.619 and led the Dodgers with four home runs, including two home runs in Game 4 of the NLDS to help close out the Braves.

What went wrong

Not that power is necessarily a part of his game, but Crawford after his early power surge he went 85 full games and 347 plate appearances without a home run from May 7 to Sept. 26.

Crawford missed 30 games with a strained left hamstring in June, and struggled after his return, hitting just .225/.257/.268 in July.

2014 status

Crawford has four years and $82.5 million remaining on his contract, and will be paid $20.25 million next year. He'll likely man left field for the Dodgers again in 2014, but with four starting outfielders currently on the roster the question could be how often.

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