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I Juan more Uribe in the Dodgers lineup

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Let me close my eyes as I write this because I may be unable to continue once I actually see the words, but here goes:

I want to see more of Juan Uribe in the lineup.

Let me start by saying I have never liked the guy, even before he signed with the Dodgers and became a black hole sucking the life out of the lineup. I just never understood how he could have any success as a Major League hitter with that pirouetting fall on your ass swing. Honestly, you could probably insert the guy into your company softball team's lineup and no one would question whether he actually worked in Tech Support or was a professional baseball player brought in as a ringer.

Having said that, Juan Uribe has been the best of the various suspects the Dodgers have been running out to the 3B/SS position this year and it's not even close. Take a look at the numbers for the alternatives:

Name

G

AVG

HR

RBI

R

OBP

SLG

BB%

K%

BABIP

wOBA

WAR

Juan Uribe

11

.190

2

4

4

.414

.476

27.6%

20.7%

.154

.396

0.5

Nick Punto

13

.360

0

1

3

.448

.400

13.3%

23.3%

.500

.384

0.4

Justin Sellers

18

.204

1

2

4

.295

.259

8.2%

23.0%

.256

.260

0.0

Luis Cruz

16

.087

0

1

2

.122

.087

2.0%

16.0%

.103

.089

-0.2

Skip Schumaker

19

.107

0

1

3

.306

.143

19.4%

11.1%

.125

.239

-0.3

Jerry Hairston

11

.167

0

1

1

.188

.167

3.1%

3.1%

.167

.160

-0.4

In the least number of games played Uribe leads this group in HR, RBI, R, SLG, BB%, wOBA and WAR. To top it off, it appears that even his low Batting Avg has been the product of bad luck as his Batting Avg on Ball in Play (BABIP) suggests there is an improvement coming. Uribe's career BABIP is .278, so with some additional playing time he should be able to add another 100 points to the Batting Avg.

He's the only guy on the list with a positive WAR besides Punto, who as you can see is carrying a .500 BABIP and has been extremely lucky. According to Fangraphs, he's actually tied for 3rd on the team in WAR with Mark Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez and behind only Carl Crawford and AJ Ellis.

Sure, the BB% is certain to come way down which will bring the OBP along with it, but the SLG is not at an unsustainable level. In Uribe's 2 seasons with the Giants he slugged .495 and .440 in an even more difficult home park than Dodgers Stadium. With the Dodgers ranked 29th in runs scored, every extra-base hit they can muster is sorely needed and of the 3B options, Uribe has the most power potential.

The glove has never been a problem for Uribe, so even when Hanley Ramirez returns to SS it would be good to have a steady fielder next to him. In the mean time, the Dodgers need to turn as many balls into outs as possible and Uribe will help do so.

All I really want is for Donnie Baseball to give the man an everyday opportunity to prove he does not belong in the lineup because so far he's been the best option. Run Uribe out there everyday for a couple of weeks while he is lukewarm and if he eventually reverts back to the automatic out he has been for the last 2 seasons then you try somebody else.

Now, let me hurry and hit save before I come to my senses and delete this.

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