18 April 2011
On Friday night Donnie Murphy suffered a bone bruise after fouling a pitch off of his knee, he is listed as day to day but is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Pirates. Most likely Greg Dobbs will get the start at third because of the lefty-lefty match up against Paul Malholm, but I believe that Dobbs should actually be the Marlins third baseman for the foreseeable future. I know that Dobbs is not as good defensively as Donnie Murphy, or Wes Helms, but he is still serviceable in the field. Most importantly is that as hot as he is hitting he can give a real boost to a lineup that could use his help. Currently of the Marlins players who started on opening day only Gaby Sanchez (.340), Logan Morrison (.327) and Chris Coghlan (.283) are hitting over .245. Dobbs meanwhile has been is hitting .421 (8-19) and has 2 walks, 4 runs, 1 home run, 7RBI (equal amount of RBIs and more home runs than Mike Stanton and Hanley Ramirez combined, in 53 less at bats), and has been fantastic at coming through in key situations thus far. In the four games that Dobbs has had multiple at bats he has hit 5-11 on those at bats with 3 strikeouts, it should be noted that one game he went 0-3 with 3 strikeouts.
I am not saying that I wish Dobbs to the starting third baseman for the remainder of the season. I'd prefer to have Donnie Murphy, Matt Dominguez, or someone who the Marlins trade for be the everyday third baseman for the Marlins. However, right now the he is the most productive hitter the Marlins have after Gaby and LoMo. In the long term I believe the Dobbs will be more effective with the Marlins as a pitch hitter, but right now with so many Marlins players hitting so poorly they need his bat in the lineup until others, Hanley and Stanton especially, can carry the offensive load.
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