Dodgers Have Open Date; at S.D. Tonight

Since the Dodgers are off today and are scheduled to play in San Diego Friday (tonight), here are some major league and minor league statistics that might prove interesting.

The Dodgers have been out-homered 23-18 after 23 games and have scored 35 runs on dingers compared to 39 for their opponents.

A breakdown of the Dodger home runs his through April 26. Drew is the leader of the pack with four and Mueller, Repko, Ross and Saenz have a pair each.

Dodger Home Runs:
           total  solo  1 on  2 on   gs
Drew          4    3    1     0      0
Repko         3    0    2     1      0
Mueller       2    1    1     0      0
Ross          2    0    0     1      1
Saenz         2    0    2     0      0
Garciaparra   1    0    0     0      1
Kent          1    1    0     0      0
Ledee         1    0    1     0      0
Navarro       1    1    0     0      0
  Totals     18    7    7     2      2
  Opp.       23   11    8     4      0
Dodger Minor League Leaders
First baseman Russell Mitchell of Columbus is challenging Willy Aybar as the hottest hitter in the Dodger minor league system. He leads in slugging average, on-base+slugging while Aybar tops the franchise in batting average, runs scored, hits, home runs and runs batted in.

Joe Beimel of Las Vegas is tied for the lead in wins (3-0) and games pitched (9). No other pitcher leads in more than one department.

After games of April 26:
  Batting average-
.373 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV
.368 - Andre Ethier of, LV
.365 - Russell Mitchell 1b, Col
.333 - Matt Kemp of, Jax
.325 - Joel Guzman of, LV

  On-base percentage--
.463 - Andre Ethier of, LV
.455 - Sergio Pedroza of, Col
.424 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV
.416 - Matt Kemp of, Jx
.409 - Russell Martin c, LV

  Slugging average--
.689 -  Russell Mitchell 1b, Col
.663 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV
.642 - Ryan Carter of, VB
.629 - Lucas May ss, Col
.590 - Matt Kemp of, Jx

  On-base + slugging--
1.094 - Russell Mitchell 1b, Col
1.087 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV
1.016 - Sergio Pedroza, Col
1.008 - Andre Ethier of, LV
1.005 - Matt Kemp of, Jx
1.005 - Russell Martin c, LV

  Runs scored--
15 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV 
15 - Wilson Valdez ss, LV 
14 - Matt Kemp of, Jax 
13 - Tony Abreu 2b, Jax 
12 - Andre Ethier of, LV 

  Hits--
31 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV
27 - Russell Mitchell 1b, Col  
26 - Matt Kemp of, Jax 
26 - Joel Guzman lf, LV 
25 - Andre Ethier of, LV 

  Doubles--
10 - Russell Mitchell 1b, Col 
  9 - Matt Kemp of, Jax 
  7 - Russell Martin c, LV 

  Triples--
5 - Ryan Carter of, VB
4 - Russell Mitchell 1b, Col 
3 - Andre Ethier of, LV 
2 - Lucas May of, Col 

  Home runs--
6 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV 
5 - Lucas May of, Col 
4 - Joel Guzman lf, LV  
3 - Matt Kemp of, Jax 
3 - Russell Mitchell 1b, Col 
3 - Sergio Pedroza of, Col 

  Runs batted in--
25 - Willy Aybar 3b, LV 
16 - Joel Guzman lf, LV
14 - Russell Mitchell 1b, Col 
14 - Matt Kemp of, Jax
13 - Ryan Carter of, VB

  Stolen bases--
6-2 - Adam Godwin of, Col 
4-1 - Xavier Paul of, VB 
4-1 - Lucas May of, Col 
3-2 - Dave Nicholson 2b, VB 
3-2 - Jamie Hoffman of, VB 


  PITCHING

  Wins-
3-0 - Joe Beimel, LV
3-0 - Aaron Sele, LV
3-0 - Marlon Arias, Col
2-0 - Carlos Alvarez, Jx
2-0 - Chad Billingsley, LV

  Earned run average--
    [starters]
1.31 - Spike Lundberg, Jx
1.89 - Scott Elbert, VB
2.11 - Al Bastardo, Col
2.21 - Chad Billingsley, LV
2.25 - Marlon Arias, Col

   [relief]
0.00 - Mark Alexander, Jx
0.00 - Jon Broxton, Jx
0.00 - Greg Miller, Jx
0.00 - Jordan Pratt, Col
0.00 - Adam Thomas, VB

  Saves--
4 - Jon Broxton, LV
3 - Mark Alexander, Jx
3 - Francisco Felix, Col
2 - Kyle Wilson, VB

  Games--
9 - Joe Beimel, LV
9 - Jon Broxton, LV
8 - Mark Alexander, Jx
8 - Casey Hoorelbeke, Jx
8 - Alvis Ojeda, Jx

  Games started--
13 tied with 4 each

  Innings--
24.2 - Aaron Sele, LV
23.1 - Heath Totten, Jx
23.0 - Dan Muegge, Jx
22.2 - Blake Johnson, VB
22.1 - Joel Hanrahan, Jx

  Strikeouts--
27 - Justin Orenduff, Jx
25 - Al Bastardo, Col
25 - Chad Billingsley, LV
23 - Aaron Sele, LV
23 - Joel Hanrahan, Jx
Quote of the Day--"With increasing distance, the Dodgers' onslaught in the first 10 games of the season (69 runs and a .312 team average) is beginning to look a lot like the 12-2 record at the start of 2005 -- an aberration not indicative of the team's true direction. Since those first 10 games, this year's team is batting .212 and averaging 3.4 runs per game." -- Bill Plunket in the Orange County Register.

Dodger Blue Notes--The Padres Mike Piazza hit his 400th career HR and passed Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga into 41st place on the all time HR list. …SS Rafael Furcal said the left middle finger injury he sustained in the second game of the season forced a swing change that's now hurt his right shoulder. The injuries might explain Furcal's early-season slump. He's hitless in his last 14 at-bats and has a .202 average in 20 games. Little was hoping the day off Wednesday would snap him out of it. "This guy's been struggling," Little said. "With a day off today and tomorrow, he'll get a fresh start and you'll see a new man out there." ... Before the game, RHP Brett Tomko worked on a detailed charcoal sketch of a racehorse owned by teammate Brad Penny. Tomko has been drawing since he was eight and had his first art show two years ago, raising more than $15,000 for a cancer charity. He hopes he can make art his post-baseball career. "I'd like to do it in some capacity," he said. "I enjoy doing it." …2B Jeff Kent's average has sunk to .200, but Dodgers manager Grady Little expressed confidence in his cleanup hitter. "Guys like Jeff Kent, you know they're going to produce," Little said. "You know you're going to look up at the end of the year and the numbers are going to be there." … "It's like a woman on a beach wearing a bikini. It shows you a whole lot -- but it doesn't show you everything." -- Dodgers manager Grady Little on using statistics to evaluate players.

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