Yesterday's game was exactly what Andre Ethier needed to do to continue his push for left field.
And on the flip side, Juan Pierre continues to stumble even more.
Ethier went 3-4 with 4 RBI's off a 2-run homer and 2-run single to lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Rafael Furcal also added a 2-run single to round out the scoring. Brad Penny was fantastic, pitching 5 innings of shutout ball. Takashi Saito got on the board with a scoreless, hitless inning while only throwing 11 pitches. So pretty much, everything was clicking for the Dodgers yesterday....
...except for Juan Pierre. Hitting in the leadoff spot, he went 0-4 and left 3 men on base. That's bad enough, but for him to see Ethier go off like that, it made matters even worse. Perhaps that's why an article from the Orange County Register suggests that his days may be numbered, since Ethier and Kemp have clearly outplayed him thus far.
5 years and $44 million... and he may be heading to the bench. That's gotta be tough to swallow.
No matter how you look at Pierre's past success and his current contract situation, even the biggest Pierre fans would have to admit that Ethier is the better player right now, and would certainly add more to the Dodgers from an overall standpoint.
13 games are left in Spring Training, and Pierre needs to start making some noise and FAST, or he'll be on the outside of the starting lineup looking in once March 31 hits.