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It's unbelievable! The Dodgers continue to waste the talents of two of their finest hitters

June 21, 2011 |  7:16 am

Getprev Here’s what I don’t get: The Dodgers have a pair of sluggers batting .308 and .294 and play them once every five games.

This offensive juggernaut can afford to sit these guys?

You’d think Don Mattingly would have them batting fifth and sixth in the order, but no, for four consecutive games they ride the bench.

It’s time to stop wasting the extraordinary hitting talents of Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw.

There is no real explaining their sudden offensive prowess. Don Mattingly can’t, Billingsley and Kershaw can’t, and I sure can’t.

I can read a stat line, though I still have trouble taking in Kershaw’s numbers. His 10 hits lead the majors for a pitcher and match his previous three seasons combined. He entered the season a career .076 hitter.

Billingsley was better but only by comparison. He was a career .129 hitter.

"I’m just trying to keep up with Bills," Kershaw said.

Kershaw has three RBIs this season, also matching his previous career total. All 10 of his hits have been singles.

Billingsley has the edge in the power department with three doubles, giving him a .538 slugging percentage -- better than every single Dodger not named Matt Kemp.

Hey, Mattingly, take a tip. Walt Alston used to pinch hit Don Drysdale all the time. And we’ve all seen your bench.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (8) congratulates starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) on his complete game victory against the Detroit Tigers at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire

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