Two left handed outfielders, each of whom arrived in Los Angeles to play for the Dodgers at approximately the same time, have had widely different offensive results. The first, Josh “Sluggo” Reddick was acquired on August 1st in a trade with the Oakland A’s in which the Dodgers sent three pitching prospects (Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas, and Grant Holmes) to the A’s in exchange for Sluggo and Rich “I got blisters on my fingers” Hill. The second, Andrew Toles, who is the same 5’10” height as Jim “The Toy Cannon” Wynn, was brought up from the minor leagues to play for the Dodgers on or about July 8th. Each has played in 25 games for the Dodgers.
Sluggo has been played consistently in right field. Dave Roberts immediately placed him in the cleanup spot, then after three weeks of little production and zero RBI’s, dropped him to sixth in the order. Sluggo’s quadruple slash line (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) with the Dodgers has been an abysmal .161/.223/.172/.396 over 94 plate appearances. He has further contributed one double, one RBI, one stolen base, and two caught stealing.
Meanwhile, The Toy Cannon has been played sporadically, as a pinch hitter, a spot starter, in left field, center field, and right field. When he has started, Roberts usually puts The Toy Cannon eighth in the lineup. The Toy Cannon’s quadruple slash line with the Dodgers has been an outstanding .397/.463/.690/1.152 over 67 plate appearances. He has further contributed six doubles, one triple, three home runs, thirteen RBI’s, one stolen base, and zero caught stealing.
So my question is – when will The Toy Cannon get the credit he so richly deserves? When will Dave Roberts begin starting Toles in every single game? By the way, Toles’ slash line against left-handed pitchers is 1.000/1.000/2.000/3.000 (3-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBI’s).