If consistency is what ball players are praised for, then we should be praising the play of Mark Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has provided a steady attitude in the infield that right now has a green Justin Sellers at shortstop and a non-hitting Luis Cruz at third base.
Ellis’ bat is giving production to the Dodgers when most of the big bats have been silent. Batting in between All-Stars Carl Crawford, and Matt Kemp, his .389 BA and .450 OBP are moving Crawford around and setting the table for Kemp to drive them in.
It shouldn’t surprise us that an eleven-year MLB veteran is giving stability, but Ellis is offering more than that. He is consistently hitting the ball and putting the Dodgers in a position to win every game. With the low run production so far this year, it is more critical that base hitters actually get on base.
This is real good news considering the injury he suffered last season. Ellis had to have emergency surgery on his left leg to drain blood and fluid that was putting pressure on the muscle. He was injured when Tyler Greene took him out in a hard slide while turning a double-play.
Though he’s holding the fort for now, once the big bats show up, Ellis play will provide even more run production. Don’t be surprised when the Dodgers start exploding with 10-run games. Ellis will be right in the middle of all of it, playing a steady second base.