Arguments can be made who should hit where, but I do think Joe Torre has a definite plan of hitting Kemp right behind Furcal (who has looked re-juvenated this Spring) and ahead of Ethier with Manny at Cleanup. This is all subject to change, but that lineup followed by Loney and Blake would give excellent balance.
That’s about as good of a balance you can get.
It is appearing more and more likely that Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers Opening Day Starter.
Think about this: Kuroda and Padilla are pitching for new contracts and Kershaw and Billingsley are just growing up.
Vin Scully allegedly fell getting out of bed and is in the hospital. Let’s hope it’s just a bump.
Blake DeWitt has started every game at 2B. He’s certainly more than a .250 hitter. He could be a real surprise. His defense remains a work-in-progress and he’s just going to have to play. He’ll make some mistakes, but he is a ballplayer and will learn from them. Give him time.
Belliard hasn’t played much….
Jamey Carroll appears slotted to be the Dodgers backup SS, having logged several innings there already. Hu and Green are as good as gone…
Manny appears to be hitting his stride. His HR was nice and the catch he made in LF, while not as good as some described, was decent.
The 5th Spot in the rotation is Eric Stults to lose, but others are nipping at his heels. I doubt that the Dodgers want to put Monasterios there right now, although he is looking good.
Haeger, while not looking bad, is not looking good…
Someone asked who our 3B of the future is. Blake DeWitt? It depends how he does at 2B. The Dodgers hope Pedro Baez can be that guy, but I have my doubts. DeWitt will have to have 20+ HR power to play 3B, but I think he will develop into that. DeJesus could be our 2B…
Say what you will about Ned’s trades, but you have to remember, it’s not just NED. Ned Colletti has the largest cadre of advisors and assistant GM’s of anyone in baseball. They “brainstorm” about this stuff and he gets their input before “pulling the trigger” on any deal. They have signed some “under-the-radar” types like Saito, Belisario, Weaver, Ramon Ortiz and now Carlos Monasterios who have been good pickups. Slam them on Santana and Bell when (IF) those guys pan out. While it will never be publicly discussed, I guarantee that a large faction of Dodger organizational advisors were not enamored with Bell and Santana. The jury is still out – Josh Bell is hitting .167 and Carlos Santana is hitting .250 this Spring. There’s still plenty of time for them over the next few years, but so far, neither has been the second coming of the Bambino.
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