Out of five pitchers used by the Dodgers against the Rangers yesterday, four of them will probably be included on the opening day roster (yes, I’m including Mahay). No matter what anyone says, Ryan Theriot showed that he had value because he netted Blake Hawksworth, who is appearing more-and-more to be a solid middle-man in the pen. Thank you Ryan Theriot!
Kershaw Bombed (not)
If you look at the boxscore and see that Clayton Kershaw have up 11 hits and 5 ER in 5-2/3 innings, you would think that the Rangers bombed him, but nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the hits were soft or of the “seeeing-eye” variety and he only gave up 1 extra-base hit and walked ZERO. He did obviously run out of gas in the sixth inning when he gave up three of the runs, but overall I thought he did five.
Tale of Two
Hawksworth got the win with a shutout inning, including 2 strikeouts and now has a spring ERA of 1.42. Mahay’s spring ERA is 13.50, but you need to realize that he will just be a situational lefty and not pitch to everyone like he has been. Unless Elbert can really step-up his game, I look for Mahay to make the final cut.
It’s Not Only Where You Hit ‘em – It’s When You Hit ‘em
Look at Juan Uribe’s line – batting .238 but with 3 RBI’s – he’s opportunistic! He will hit .250 and have 80-90 RBI again. IDJ2 was 2-3, but barring multiple injuries, he’ll start at AAA. Gwynn, Jr. had another hit and is sitting at .323 – he needs to be in the starting lineup. With Gibbons in limbo, Gwynn is in the hunt to be part of a platoon with Thames in LF. Additionally Paul and Kapler did nothing to hurt their chances of making the squad yesterday, although even one of those guys making the team seems unlikely and both are impossible (or not). Trent Oeltjen just keeps hitting (.467) and can also fly around the bases.
- Jon Link
- Russ Mitchell
- JD Closer
- Roman Colon
- More to come…
This is when the team needs to step it up and play to win. There are several players who have played well enough to win a spot… and won’t. There are some tough choices to be made.
There hasn’t been a Frank McCourt reference in days – I love it! I love Dodger Baseball – Not a fan of Dodger Divorce! It will all play out soon enough.
The Rangers are looking for a closer if Feliz starts… I’m just sayin…