With All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp sidelined with a left hamstring injury, the door has swung wide open for St. Louis hitting star Scott Van Slyke.
Van Slyke, son of former big leaguer and one time Baseball Analyst Andy Van Slyke, was called to the Dodgers this week, and has reached base his first three appearances at the plate in the big leagues. His first major league appearance in a Dodgers uniform was a broken bat single.
It has been an inglorious climb for this 6-foot-5, 250 pounder, drafted by L.A. in the 16th round in 2006. After hitting .348 at Chatanooga in AA and tearing it up for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes at .348 his moment has come.
The Dodgers are atop all of baseball with a record of 23-11, a winning percentage of .676. With Kemp on the sidelines, and heading possibly to the disabled list, Van Slyke looks to get a real shot to stick with the Dodgers this season.