Pitchers: Pedro Báez, Walker Buehler, Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Blake Treinen, Julio Urías, Alex Wood, Brusdar Graterol and Dustin May
Starting depth could be an issue. After losing Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill (68 starts combined last year) over the offseason, the only veteran starters the Dodgers added were Price and Jimmy Nelson, but both are out for the season. That leaves Urías, Wood and youngsters May, Gonzalez and White to pick up those 68 starts.
Will Smith and Austin Barnes are the catchers. Infielders are Enrique Hernández, Max Muncy, Gavin Lux, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Matt Beaty and Edwin Rios. Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Joc Pederson, A. J. Pollack and Chris Taylor are the outfielders.
Subject to change at any moment, of course.
A little more about Lux’s demotion from the Times’ Houston Mitchell in his Dodger Dugout email:
This is the Danish counterpart to a nicotine patch, apparently. https://twitter.com/southernconetrv/status/1286328111882055680?s=20
New post at 10:00 HST, 1:00 PM PDT, 4:00 PM EDT
Only $30.4M annually. Will his AAV be $365÷12 or $392 ÷ 13?
Pujols is being paid $29M at age 40 and $30M next year.
It’s official. https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/1286043751685660673?s=20
He’s 27. We’ll get maybe three years of his prime and then a bunch of declining years. Hopefully he declines slowly.
I think 28 to 32 are considered prime years. Even after that, given his obvious athleticism, I expect he’ll be well above average for some time.
Jon on the season… https://twitter.com/jonweisman/status/1285982889213980673?s=20
It looks as if Mookie may be a lifetime Dodger. https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1285964693614530560?s=20
Not bad, since he hasn’t swung at a pitch in anger for the team yet.
No game thread?
There’ll be one Thursday.
In addition to MLBTV, I accepted a free subscription to The Athletic for a year. I’m not yet convinced it’s worth it.
Check out Joe Posnanski’s 100 best ballplayer series of his 60 best moments in baseball. Some great writing.
Hmm. This Lux news surprises me. Numbers game? Poor performance?
He arrived at baseball camp late and hasn’t clicked in yet – Really basic fielding error yesterday and awkward at-bats. May just need more “seasoning”?
But where would he get it? No minor league baseball is being played, or so I thought.
Aren’t the other 30 players at USC? He can try to hit Gray or Goose, or Gray Goose for that matter. Take it he needs reps. Who knows, could be recovering from a bout of Covid19, no?
Charlie Steiner will call Dodgers games from home this year.
The logistics of doing this are pretty interesting: three TVs with different subjects.
Even live in the booth, Charley has depth perception issues.
More from the North. https://twitter.com/SportingGreenSF/status/1285608638489518081?s=20
Credit where credit is due. https://twitter.com/SFGiants/status/1285405863478390784?s=20
This coming Thursday, in the District… https://twitter.com/Nationals/status/1285308233083686913?s=20
Fortunately they seem to be outnumbered, but there are still idiots on that Twitter thread who say “Him? He told us not to wear masks and now he tells us we should wear masks! He’s a bum!”
Bellinger Betts T-shirt.
The Facebook stream fizzled out.
First (unofficial) woo-HOO of 2020!
You could’ve done one any time over the last several days.
Nah, the Dodgers went 1-1 in all those intrasquad games.
Who was I gonna woo-who?
Mitch White = Lights Out.
He’s been efficient.
One hit. It happened to be a home run, but still.
So weird, no crowd, etc., but it is some form of baseball.
Mookie, Max, JT, Cody… Mighty fine first four.
White is looking pretty sharp!
Cody Grand Salami – nice to see!
I will endure a voluntary blackout until Tuesday, when I can get subscription for free via T-Mobile. Then I’ll endure further blackouts for a few days as the Dodgers play the Gnats on ESPN and elsewhere.
Scroll down here for more reviews from Hoffarth, including one about a new book from former GM Fred Claire about his journey through chemo and radiation at the City of Hope hospital.
Yikes. Unflattering review of a new book about the Dodgers – Yankees rivalry, just in time for the oddsmakers’ 2020 World Series prediction.
The author, Tom Hoffarth, didn’t think much of Molly Knight’s “Best Team” effort of a few years back either.
At the very least, Hoffarth needs a proofreader or a spellcheck, as he can’t spell “endeavor” (in a review of an Australian author, I would even accept “endeavour”).
Also consistently wrong with “forward” rather than “foreword” describing that section of a book.
Season ends before it begins? https://twitter.com/CNNSotu/status/1284881936662425603?s=20
For anyone with a T-Mobile cell contract, they will be offering MLBTV subscriptions free of charge on Tuesday.
Good grief, the Twitter responses to that. “Inane political commentary.” “My governor shouldn’t tell me to wear a mask.” Etc., etc.
Some people in this country need keepers.
I want to see one of them angrily reject a ventilator.
Shortly thereafter Clint Frazier did the same thing.