The career of Juan Uribe was once buried and thought to be done for sure, but he showed this season that he still has a little bit left in the tank.
When the NLDS starts this Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be facing the Atlanta Braves without one of their best hitters. Matt Kemp is unable to play due to injury, so while Andre Ethier will be taking Kemp’s place in the field, Uribe may be able to help at the plate.
Juan finished the regular season with a .278 batting average while hitting 12 home runs and driving in 50 RBIs. That isn’t too bad for a player from who nothing was expected due to his age and declining ability over the past few years.
Hopefully Uribe saved a little bit to help the Dodgers this postseason. He has fielded his position very well for someone his age and body size, but it’s his hitting ability that the Dodgers could use with the absence of Kemp.
Uribe can swing hard, but his lack of patience is something he needs to improve on to help the Dodgers this postseason. Baserunners are very important, but you don’t always have to get on because of a hit. Walks are just as good as a hit, but Uribe didn’t do much walking in the regular season considering he only had 30 in 388 at-bats.
If Uribe can get a walk here and there in hopes of another batter driving him in, that would be a huge start in helping make Kemp’s absence an inconsequential one. Of course, if all else fails, Uribe can just lay into the ball and hit it over the fence because that would obviously help the Dodgers too.
Either way, if Juan can equal his regular-season performance or up it just a little it, it will go a long way in helping the Dodgers forget all about Kemp, at least for the time being.