Since joining the Dodgers on July 31, Ryan Theriot is batting .305 with seven runs scored and three RBI through nine games.
After going hitless (0-for-4) in his debut against the Giants at San Francisco on August 1, Theriot rebounded during the Dodgers’ seven-game homestand batting .296 with five runs scored, two doubles and two RBI.
He’s also been superb defensively at second base helping turn four double plays while comitting zero errors in 45-plus total chances.
With Rafael Furcal placed on the 15-day DL (lower back pain) it’s likely Theriot will see more time at shortstop where he started 29 games for Chicago this season.
The Dodgers have gone 5-4 with Theriot in the lineup to creep within 4.5 games of the NL Wild Card leading Reds.
Ryan Theriot will never have the fielding talents of Starlin Castro.
The 20-year-old has a superior arm; he’s quicker and can cover more ground.
This was evident during spring training…Castro’s a fielding web-gem…Theriot, not so much.
But Theriot, however, remains the better fielder…why is that?
It’s obvious the Cubs need rebound years from Zambrano, Soriano and Soto to compete, but Mike Fontenot is on that list, too.
If for no other reason than allowing Piniella to rest Ryan Theriot, who played a career-high 154 games last season.
By the numbers, September has proven to be Theriot’s worst month. And the popular theory is the shortstop is simply run-down come the stretch-run.
Ryan Theriot is handeling the loss of his arbitration case with class–at least for the time being.
He will be paid $2.6M for the upcoming season, more or less confirming Theriot is an average shortstop who will be paid accordingly.
Theriot was quick to point out there’s no bitterness on his end. I say, hogwash–how could there not be?
The Cubs are showing little interest in signing Ryan Theriot long-term.
While the club avoided arbitration hearings with five players on Tuesday, they failed to sign Theriot.
It’s a wake-up call for the second baseman who’s seeking $3.4M. The Cubs counter with a $2.6M offer.
That’s a considerable gap, wide enough to be settled in a hearing, and a situation Chicago has avoided all together since Mark Grace’s case in 1993 (he lost).
Ryan Theriot says Lou is teaching the game more than in seasons past.
Letting players learn the game from peers is effective, but takes much longer than simply teaching a player how to improve.
I give Piniella credit for taking a larger role in developing his players, both younger guys and veterans alike.
Regardless of the profession, those who continue to learn always rise to the top in his or her field.
Speaking of which, is Carlos Zambrano finally learning how to pitch?