Allegedly the Dodger hitters are “working on looking at pitches” which is why they are dead last in NL in Spring Training hitting at .230. By the way, the Padres are #1 at .329! OK – It’s early, but don’t wait until it’s too late. The Dodgers are in the middle of the pack with a 3.86 team ERA and yesterday it sparkled with the Ace leading the way, and it wasn’t against the Reds scrubbs – it was their regular lineup. Remember, the Reds were one of the best offensive teams in the league last year.
Clayton pitched four solid shutout innings and still has yet to be scored upon in this Spring’s small sampling. The rest of the Dodger pitchers shut out the Reds over the next five innings – Cormier, Huber, W. De La Rosa, Colon and Villarreal, non of whom are likely to make the 25-man roster (possible, but not likely). Clayton allowed one hit and walked one while striking out three. He looks ready to take the next step and I would not be surprised if in a few months we are calling him CY Kershaw!
If Chad Billingsley can master the changeup (and it’s looking more and more like he can), Chad will elevate his game immensely as well. Truth be told, C-Bill has excellent stuff. A change-up would make him illegal! Kuroda continues to work on his curve, which would be a big pitch for him IF he can master it. It ain’t easy folks.
- Loney had an MRI and evidently no structural damage was found on his sore knee. He’ll sit for a few days. Look for Mitchel, Thames and Gibbons tgo play there. Sands? No so much.
- Baseball Prospectus has predicted the Dodgers to finish second in the NL West at 87-75 (Giants were picked to win with 90 wins).
- Baseball America has the Dodgers dead-last in international scouting at $314,000.00 The Angels are 3rd to last. I’m really not sure what that means. Of course, the Yanks are #1.
- Finally, Bill Shaikin of The LA Times presents what is a dilemia for Bud Selig. There are so many possibilities in the Frank McCourt fiasco that I won’t waste time discussing it. I focus on the field and the rest will play out one way or another. I will watch that with interest.