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Is Casey Blake the best fit for Dodgers in the No. 2 hole? [poll]

April 8, 2011 | 10:20 am

Casey Blake returns, Casey Blake bats second in the lineup.

Well, that was the plan.

Awkward and odd as it seems. There is almost nothing about Blake that screams ideal No.2 hitter. Not his speed, bunting history, on-base percentage (.320 last season) or age (37).

Then again, there is something about Blake that whispers No.2 hitter -- all the other choices. Which is to say, there really aren’t many. At least not truly viable ones. The way this team has been constructed, even at his age, even needing his power contributions, Blake seems the best of a bad lot of potential No. 2 hitters.

Tony Gwynn Jr. or Jamey Carroll can move into the that spot when they start, although it should be noted Gwynn has a lowly career .300 on-base percentage.

-- Steve Dilbeck