The Dodgers lost to the lowly Royals 11-5, but let’s not forget that the Royals are rated #1 by Baseball America with the most prospects. In fact, they are loaded – that’s what averaging 96 losses over the past ten years does for you. They have a bunch of arms and MOST of the runs given up by Dodger pitching were given up by four pitchers with NO CHANCE of making the team. Scott Elbert is the only Dodger pitcher who gave up any runs who still has a chance at making the team (and his opportunity is now waning).
I like this teams’ attitude.
Face it, Spring Training Won-Loss Records mean nothing, but attitude does.
This team is hungry and is going about their business with a tenacity not seen last year.
Aaron Miles and Juan Castro have been there before and both are trying to make the team, although probably only one has a shot. Jamie Hoffman and Jerry Sands continue to impress and Justin Sellers is trying as well (he’s still in the running). Andre Ethier (great running catch after a late start) and Matt Kemp and James Loney appear to be seeking retribution (and that’s a wonderful thing). The Dodger starters, including Tim Redding, who is emerging as the #6 starter (so far), have not given up a run.
Against the Royals, the Dodgers had three starters among position players: Kemp, Loney and Ethier. Right now, it’s all about getting into shape and getting your legs. I am very pleased with Donnie, and in case you missed it- Matt Kemp gave an endorsement to Mattingly and dissed Torre by saying something to the effect that “we mirror our manager.”