But I am sure that Joe Torre just needs to give Charlie Haeger the baseball every 5 days and let him pitch as long as he can. He’ll have some good outings. He’ll have some bad ones, but the
good will outweigh the bad. He’ll pitch over 200 innings for us and most importantly, he’ll eat innings and keep us in games.
Here’s some other things I am sure of:
- Josh Lindblom will be a very good pitcher… I am just not sure if it will be as a starter or reliever. If I had to bet, I’d say he’s a closer.
- Ditto on James McDonald, but a setup guy!
- If Matt Kemp learns to lay off that low and away pitch, he might win a batting title, and he will be a Superstar!
- Blake DeWitt is a ballplayer, but he’s a work in progress at 2B as he is struggling defensively. He will work through it.
- In a week, the Dodgers will have one or none – Ortiz’s that is!
Steve Dilbeck goes on ad nauseous about how the facility in Vero Beach should be allowed to be called Dodgertown. Here’s the only problem, Steveo: it’s not Dodgertown anymore. Maybe they can call it Ex-Dodgertown. Really, just make a sign which says “The Place Formerly Known as Dodgertown.” Hello? What a stupid article!
Dylan Hernandez has a good read on Kershaw’s and Billingsley’s new pitches. One tidbit:
Concerned that Kershaw’s high pitch counts prevented him from going deeper into games, Honeycutt urged him in the middle of last season to develop the pitch that he sometimes playfully threw to teammates along the base lines.
The rationale was that by learning how to throw something other than his fastball for strikes, Kershaw would face fewer unfavorable counts, which would, in turn, allow him to preserve his arm for the later innings.
While Kershaw’s 12-to-6 curveball might be his signature pitch, it has one significant shortcoming: Because the break is so extreme, it often drops out of the strike zone, meaning that if there’s no swing, there’s probably no strike.
Young Clayton goes tonight. Let’s hope he’s not to hyped-up.