Dodgers at Brewers at American Family Fields of Phoenix. 12:10 PM PDT, TV: SPNLA
MLB’s Matthew Ritchie says: Dodgers have several lineup options in Cactus League opener
In terms of who plays where and when against Milwaukee, Gavin Lux will likely be paired up the middle with rookie infielder Miguel Vargas, who hasn’t been swinging due to a hairline fracture on his pinky finger, but he should play about five innings. David Peralta could be in the lineup as well. Aside from knowing that starter Michael Grove will be the starting pitcher on Saturday, there are still questions brewing, especially with lineup construction.
“I’ve thought about it, you know,” said Roberts, when asked about how much time he’s spent on lineup combinations. “It’s just trying to figure out, you know, Mookie [Betts] at the top, is it best? Where to put J.D., where to put Will Smith, where’s Max [Muncy]? I don’t think there’s a right answer. As we have conversations and let things play out, it’ll show itself a little more.”
In another MLB article, Juan Toribio previews spring camp:Three things to look for:
- How does the up-the-middle defense hold up?
The Dodgers will have a new starting shortstop, second baseman and center fielder. Lux moves to short, Vargas will start at second (not till next week when his hairline-fractured finger is fully healed), and center is still uncertain.
- Can Syndergaard turn back the clock?
Can he get his velocity back, and will his command come with it?
- Which young pitchers take the next step?
If there are no injuries the rotation on Opening Day will be Julio Urías, Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May and Syndergaard. After them? Ryan Pepiot, Michael Grove and Andre Jackson. According to observers, Pepiot has impressed early in camp, and Grove will start the Dodgers’ opener on Saturday.
Top prospects Gavin Stone and Bobby Miller will also be in the mix. Stone is the Dodgers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year and is the more polished of the two pitchers. Miller, on the other hand, hits triple digits with ease, and scouts fall in love with his ability to spin the baseball.
“It’s going to be important,” Roberts said of the Dodgers’ young pitchers continuing to develop. “They have to take the next step because we expect more from them this year than we did last year.”
In the WBC, the Brits have taken a 1-0 lead over the US thanks to a dinger by Trayce.
The US has overtaken them and now leads 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
The Cubbies beat the Dodgers 5-2. Wrapup.
Two games today. WOOT!! I would feel better if JDMartinez started to heat up. I am worried about Trayce. Unless he starts mashing lefties, he has no place on the team.
Jack Harris of the LA Times writes about the four young pitchers the Dodgers have coming through the system, Michael Grove, Gavin Stone, Bobby Miller and Ryan Pepiot. We saw Grove and Pepiot last season; expect to see more of them this year. Stone and Miller may be a little farther back.
Kershaw makes his first start of the spring.
Gameday, Angels at Dodgers, 12:05 PM PDT
Not sharp in the first.
Pepiot looked good, Vargas got his first hit, and there was some fine defense – but, on the whole, an uninspiring game.
The Athletic on Gonsolin:
World Baseball Classic Day One results and stories. What a surprise, Ohtani led Japan to a win in its first game.
Gameday, Dodgers v Athletics
Gameday, 5:05 PM PDT, Mariners at Dodgers.
If a fan in the first row interferes with your guy’s catching a foul ball, what do you do? You throw a pizza slice at him!
No game today, but Gonsolin managed to sprain his ankle yesterday. He won’t make his next start, but it’s not expected to have a lasting effect..
Much better than any kind of arm related injury.
It now sounds as if he won’t be ready for opening day.
Thank you to everyone that reached out about Justin and sent prayers. We’re home now and he’s resting (okay – maybe listening to the replay of the game). 16 stitches and a lot of swelling but we are thanking God for no fractures & clear scans. ❤️
Five perfect innings from the Dodgers’ pitchers Syndergaard and May. 39 pitches total.
Mookie on playing second:
Hope JT is OK.
JT was hit by a pitch to the face today, badly enough to leave the game.
It looked gruesome.
Gameday, Padres at Dodgers, 12:05 PM
This looks like what I expect Opening Day lineup to look like with the exception of pitcher.
Just walked in after a 24-hour door-to-door odyssey from Santiago to LAX to SFO to Oakland. Caught the last couple innings.
Arrived early at Santiago’s new international terminal, where municipal bureaucracy has kept restaurants from acquiring liquor licenses over the past year, so no pisco sour (everybody in the national terminal has liquor licenses). Plane left Stgo an hour-and-a-half late, then my connecting flight was rescheduled for 2-1/2 hours later and that one left half an hour late. At SFO, my wife drove around the airport four times before figuring out the spot where she could pick me up.
Yahoo Sports, yesterday:
MLB is gonna start crowing very soon.
It is an improvement. I like it. They could cut another 20 to 30 minutes if they took less time between innings and half innings. I could live without all the commercials.
Without the commercials everyone who works for the team would make a lot less money.
Well they should start with the players and owners making less money.
Betts and Freeman have homered, Dodgers lead 5-1 in the 7th and the Sox are threatening.
VGon not looking very good.
White Sox at Dodgers at Camelback Ranch, 12:05 PM PDT
Gameday, 5:05 PM PDT
Direct conflict with Arizona v. UCLA at Pauley.
Friedman says not much about the shortstop situation.
He said more that The Athletic picked up:
Sure would be nice if they could get an extension done with Urias.
MLB’s preview of the NL West. Prediction: Dodgers win 94 games and the division, three ahead of the Padres.
Underestimating the Dodgers again…
Winnipeg by the Sea? (There’s actually a story behind this; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Winnipeg
No score in the third.
Gameday isn’t working on the MLBTV app. When I click on it, it just goes to the box score.
Here’s another shot from Santiago. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4277ee32d7f64e7406d66efe3a584da4175b89020649c374a8a2e8d5c34d52b.jpg
At today’s exchange rate a CL peso is worth $0.0012, so that first dish of chicken chorizo and salad with chimichurri sauce (green, garlicky and vinegarish) is $20.54. Maybe a little pricy but not outlandish.
Looks like a good meal.
At roughly 800 pesos per dollar, Chile is relatively expensive. Argentina is presently very cheap with the informal “blue dollar.” For instance, gasoline is about US$6 per gallon in Chile, US$1.50 in Argentine Patagonia (where there are subsidies).
For lunch today I had machas a la parmesana (razor clams with melted parmesan) for about US$15, and a pisco sour for US$3. Two small beef empanadas for a free starter.
The Arizona LF Carroll is the #2 prospect in MLB’s rankings.
Gameday, D-Backs v. Dodgers
SI covers the Padres: with the sub-headline:
“What happens when a historically cash-strapped team starts spending like never before? We’re about to find out.”
I learned something interesting from the story: Owner Peter Seidler is the grandson of Walter O’Malley and nephew of Peter O’Malley.
After watching the first few games this week, I logged in yesterday and found that MLBTV had excluded me from video access. I had to order a month’s subscription for $9.99 (can be canceled after a week with no charge). This will take me up until T-Mobile repeats its free MLBTV offer just before the regular season starts.
Nobody’s pronouncing Andy Pagés’s surname properly. It”s “Pa-HESS.”
From the LA Times:
Couldn’t read the article. Wonder which way the FO goes in roster construction. Go with another infielder or outfielder to replace Lux? Guessing, based on who they have in camp that it’s an outfielder, with CT3 also fulfilling what was going to be his original additional role of spelling Vargas at 2nd base.
Mookie as another option at 2nd, though seems like a waste.
That’s the position he started out at way back when.
Had a Venezuelan waiter in a café in Las Condes yesterday. He saw my phone was open to MLBTV app, and he couldn’t stop talking about Rojas.
The Czechs are in the WBC, as unlikely as it seems. How they got there is quite a story and MLB writes it.
Czech it out!
Gameday, Dodgers at Rangers, 12:05 PM PDT
Ha! ““If we’d had a pitch clock my entire career,” Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told me Sunday, “I might have learned how to play the violin by now.”
That’s Rick Reilly speaking approvingly of the rules changes in The Washington Post.
Another Roberts bon mot: “I think, as a player, I’d have stolen 30 percent more bases with these rules,” Roberts said. “And I think I’d have added another comma to my net worth.”
The changes suck.
Why do you say that?
Let’s start with the DH…
The Petey Baez Marching and Chowder Society agrees!
Lux speaking to the press today.
Side-by-side comparison of Dodger pitcher Landon Knack throwing a half-inning in the time it once took Pedro Baez to throw one pitch.
Belated link to Gameday.
Urias looking good. 2 2/3 innings on 41 pitches. 4 SO.
Lux out for the season with a torn ACL. Rats!! Tough break for the young man and the Dodgers.
Wait till next year…
Rats!! Hope it isn’t serious.
Uh-oh. Lux injures right leg while running toward third, taken off on stretcher. He stumbled and twisted a knee while dodging the throw from third to second on a DP.
No, he slipped running between second and third. It looked like an ankle, but maybe twisted a knee as well.
Dodgers at Padres in Peoria, 12:10PM PDT.
If you want to borrow trouble here are possible causes for a pop in the knee.
Worried about Gavin. Yikes.
Roberts says no real word till tomorrow.
Here’s what happened to Lux:
Could be a serious injury for Lux.
From SI a tale of jersey crime in Denver!
Pretty weak throw by Heyward.
Amazing catches in the outfield by the same U of Houston player.
Rays prospect gets Justin Turner to pop out, then gets JT to autograph the ball.
Who the heck is Hunter Feduccia and how is he hitting three-run HRs for the Dodgers?
A catcher, slightly higher in svc time than the hyped Cartaya. He’s had
MiLB Career Stats 941 AB 140 Runs 243 Hits 29 HRs 149 RBI 3 SB .258 BA .355 OBP .771 OPS
And two-run doubles…
I was at the game, he had a couple good ABs. Of course, they were against guys wearing high numbers, but they were fluke hits. Drew Avans looked good too. Realistically though, it’s very early.
One more thing Dodgers hitters did this offseason: swung weighted bats.
This will be Kershaw’s 16th MLB season. That’s really hard to believe.
Peralta gets a little league jump on fly ball.
It’s distracting to have both teams in blue jerseys.
Shelby Miller getting hit pretty hard.
Disappointing for all concerned.
No Bellinger in the Cubs lineup today.
Lux played 300 games in the minor leagues before he first came to the Dodgers; all of them were at shortstop. I’m not worried about him playing there. I’m more concerned about Vargas at second base since he’s never played there.
Cubs at Dodgers Gameday here.
Boca Grande Machado just got his extension. 11 years/$330M. Wonder where they will get the money to extend Soto?
Kenley on the pitch clock and a self-revelation (from The Athletic):
Time of game: 2:21. Too early to say the various clocks are the cause, but promising.
I want slower games. The lack of a clock is what distinguishes baseball from other sports.
I dunno. As Kenley said above, 3-4 hours per game day after day can be a drag.
James Loney’s part of the post-game show as an SPNLA person.
This has not been an inspiring game, but most of these guys won’t be around very long.
I like the pitch clock. Really didn’t like when batters stepped out after every pitch to adjust their batting gloves or call time out whenever they wanted.
I can’t wait to hear Nomar on the various time constraints. He fiddled with his gloves between almost every pitch when he was hitting.
Well, this is a nice way to spend a very rainy day. Making red lentil and lemon soup and watching young men play ball.
No snow in your neighborhood? (I gotta write my cousins in Alhambra to see what they’ve experienced!)
We had snow in Berkeley and Oakland, but work issues meant my wife couldn’t take our rescue husky up into the hills for his first such experience.
The dog should sue your wife’s employer for loss of opportunity.
Goodness me. Is it just my machine or has Gameday expanded its font size and screen real estate this season?
Yeah, and no links to videos and box score. I hope this is just a spring training version and those things return when the season begins.
MLBTV is working fine now in Chile.
Vargas can’t swing the bat because of a finger fracture, so he walks.
There were 15,867 comments on this here blog between 1/1/2022 and 12/31/2022. I just deleted all of ’em.
Space on my hard drive. I download my email. I should probably think about that decision.
Glad to be watching actual players actually playing!
MLBTV didn’t want to let me watch on my iPad (though it was willing to let me us the phone). I had to delete the app and reinstall to get it to work.
Glad to have you aboard.
It’s 85° here in Santiago, due to reach 95° on Monday. I had a cool ceviche and a Peruvian pisco sour for lunch.
How does a Peruvian pisco sour differ from any other?
Hard pressed to describe the difference, but I’d say the Chilean version is more lemon-y. I like them both.
Game Day (Spring Training edition)!