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Andre Ethier a star still on the rise, as Dodgers drop Pirates, 5-1

May 1, 2010 | 10:15 pm
Andre Ethier, the best player on the Dodgers, is providing the kind of consistency teams can only dream about.

One month into the season, he has been an offensive force almost across the board. OK, he’s empty in the stolen-base department.

Otherwise, he dots the National League top 10 in almost every offensive statistical category.

He added to his impressive start Saturday night in the Dodgers’ 5-1 victory over the Pirates.

Ethier hit his second home run in as many nights, this one a three-run shot, and added a pair of doubles.

On the season he is batting .350 with seven home runs and 22 RBI, boasting a ridiculous .663 slugging percentage.

Ethier seems to do something almost every night. He’s suffered an 0-for only twice in 20 starts.

Matt Kemp got off to a tremendous start, but has almost disappeared since Manny Ramirez went on the disabled list. Kemp hasn’t driven in a run since April 21, a span of 10 games.

Last season Ethier had a breakthrough season with 31 home runs, 106 RBI, 42 doubles and 92 runs.

It may turn out to be a mere warm-up.

--Steve Dilbeck