Can Clayton Kershaw win the World Series all by himself? Obviously, no.
But of all of the Dodgers midway through Spring Training, it seems as if Clayton Kershaw is the one that is ready to go the distance. Kershaw has pitched ten innings with ten strikeouts and a 0.90 ERA so far this spring. What have the rest of the Dodgers done?
Scott Kazmir has pitched horribly, but recently pitched a “B” game just so he could get in synch with his catcher, Yasmani Grandal. Brett Anderson hurt his back and will likely not be back until August. Kenta Maeda has done fine, but who knows when his pitching elbow will blow out? Hyun-Jin Ryu is behind schedule and may (or may not) be ready to go in May. That leaves Alex Wood to round out the rotation. Hopefully he will do better than his first half-season with the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, the offensive lineup is in some disarray, as well. Justin Turner finally got his first start today. Corey Seager hurt his knee, and he may or may not be ready to go on Opening Day. Adrian Gonzalez is going off to play in the World Baseball Classic. Joc Pederson has managed to improve his batting average to .263, and has finally slowed the pace of his strikeouts (he’s down to just eight strikeouts in 19 at bats). Yasiel Puig has just 14 at bats in Spring Training, while Yasmani Grandal has just nine.
So, hold onto your “D” hats, we’ve got a ways to go.