Clayton Kershaw and the World Series

Kersh

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.

 

 

Advertisements

84 thoughts on “Clayton Kershaw and the World Series

  1. Nice post as always Crash. Thanks.

    They should be getting ready to make the first round of cuts so the regulars can start getting more ABs.
    I’m still not sure to make of this team yet. Right now I don’t have a great feeling about them. Still a couple of weeks to get some things ironed out before the games count. I guess we will see. I do believe we are better off without Mattingly however.

    Go Dodgers!!

    Like

    • Yesterday, the Dodgers cut pitchers Jharel Cotton, Lisalverto Bonilla, Chase De Jong, Caleb Dirks, Jacob Rhame, and Chris Anderson. They also cut outfielder Alex Hassan and catcher Kyle Farmer.

      Like

  2. Austin Barnes now has four home runs. How does he get on the 25-man roster?

    a) AJ Ellis is done (not likely) and Barnes becomes the back-up catcher.

    b) Barnes is a super-utility guy, and the bench is Ellis, Kike, Utley, and Van Slyke. That would require the jettison of Guerrero (easy) and Crawford (not so easy).

    So Barnes is most likely an “in-between” guy in 2016, who spends a lot of time flying back and forth between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.

    Like

  3. We got high jacked by “ASK” a while ago and haven’t been able to post. The wife took the computer to our local experts and we were back with firefox in short order and able to connect with you again.
    I was able to do the usual, but couldn’t connect here. Just be careful what you click on.

    Like

  4. Thanks for a new thread Crash! Very nice read! I read every night…..just haven’t had much to say that hasn’t already been said. Injuries seem to be a major concern when any reports of the Dodgers are mentioned on radio and tv. Hopefully all the uninjured players can keep the ship upright while the wounded heal.

    Like

  5. SR: Kershaw, Kazmir, Maeda, Wood, Bolsinger. Arms in waitng: Ryu, McCarthy. Remember the Iwakuma deal, then Dodgers front office thought there were health problems and nixed the deal, Mariners promptly took him back; and apparently pitching very well; if his arm does not fall off this season, this becomes a head scratcher and I wonder who is feeding the FO with this information.

    Like

  6. I think the dodgers are going have bat their way to wins, because the pitching could get flimsy.
    and Puig, now cleared of any MLB action for his alleged domestic spat with his sister, should become a big part of the Hitting machine the Dodgers need to be!

    Like

  7. I don’t know if it means anything, but the Dodgers are now 10-3 in Spring Training. Maybe it’s a sign that Roberts has got them playing together as a team. Too soon to say, but it’s better than being 3-10.

    Like

  8. Anyone find this statement from AGon interesting?

    New Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in December he was looking forward to building his relationship with Puig, and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he felt Puig would respond well to his new manager.

    “Puig responds well to genuine people, who don’t want something from him,” Gonzalez said. “Dave is not after his own agenda, he’s interested in what’s best for Puig and for the team.”

    Is it me, or does this sound like Donnie was a complete dick? I’ve never felt like the players were sad to see him go.

    Like

  9. Roberts said the fifth starter will be one of: Bolsinger, Beachy, or Lee. Now who here already said several days ago that it will be Beachy? Hmmm.

    Like

  10. More cuts… 2B Micah Johnson, catcher Jack Murphy, and pitchers Yaisel Sierra, Ross Stripling, Ian Thomas, Julio Urias and Jose De Leon.

    Like

  11. If Dave Roberts can win a championship with this roster then by all means take shots at Donnie. For now, can we just forget about him? He has no relevance to me going forward and at this point not sure I care how players think about Donnie as a manager.

    Cannot say I am much surprised by the news about Ryu. I have heard some say it is harder to come back after the type of shoulder surgery he had than coming back from Tommy John surgery. So we wait and see when and if he can come back and if he can be effective. As mentioned above, Kershaw is the only known quantity on this roster.

    The injury bug continued today with Ethier being carted off the field. Not sure what happened or how serious.

    We will see how this season goes and hopefully we will be surprised but at the moment it is hard to be optimistic. We are told how good the minor league system has become with all the prospects but clearly management is not ready to push anyone, at least not yet. It will be interesting to see what happens if Joc and/or Puig get off to a slow start, or if the pitching is worse than expected. Will management’s hand be forced to call up some of the prospects? Will this team ever find a true lead off hitter, someone who Vinny would call a “pest”? Can the catchers go the entire season injury free and productive?

    Still a lot of questions.

    Like

    • Ethier should make it to the opening day lineup, if things are as they say. There’s some negativity to my thinking, because it feels too familiar. So many times it started this way. I hope it’s just me.

      Like

  12. Pay no mind to me folks…I’m just looking forward to watching the game on MLB Network today…I hope we can wrap up those White Stockings and put ’em back inside thier L’eggs Egg.

    Like

  13. Interesting story about Adam LaRoche retiring and leaving $13 million on the table when asked (or told) to have his son in the clubhouse less often. Not sure we have the whole story but it does bring up an interesting question of how clubs deal with players and their children. If compared to a normal workplace it would seem reasonable for management to have policies against children being in the workplace on a regular basis but we should be able to agree that a sports team workplace is not normal. In LaRoche’s case, something changed that caused management to make the request but we do not know what that is. The player has a special relationship with his son that apparently was well known to previous teams and the White Sox when he signed. Some will question LaRoche leaving so much money on the table but in a way, does he not deserve admiration for sticking to principle over money? How often do we see that in sports?

    Like

    • Based on what I read a few days ago…Williams claimed it was okay to bring the youngsters somedays, just not everyday. Which sounds moronic to me. I do admire the way Laroche handled it. It’s baseball in Arizona, not an office job in a high rise.

      Like

  14. P.S. They interviewed Kershaw before the game. He said he enjoyed having Docs presence in the dugout, but obviously loved Donnie as well. Made me think he read y’alls comments.

    Like

  15. Kendrick made an out…and here I was beginning to think he was better than Guerrero…who has an Arizona air dinger today.

    Like

  16. Alright, I’ve managed to fill my comment quota for the first 54 games…catch y’all on game 55. Hopefully Kahli can join us before then as well. FIX THE DAMN TV DEAL!!

    Like

  17. Does it seem to anybody else like the closer we get to opening day the poorer the team plays in Spring Training? I suppose the team is trying to sort through a lot of names I don’t even recognize, but when are we going to put together the team that will bring us a successful season?

    Like

  18. I dont think we have had a ST game where the projected opening day lineup was on the field together.
    That would be gonzo-1B, kendrick-2B, seager-SS, turner-3B, Grandal-C filled our with Dre, Joc and Puig.

    Like

  19. The onslaught of the injury bug is a direct consequence of the broken TV deal. As long as Vinny is shut out to 70% of his L.A. television audience the curse will remain. And if the Dodgers go the whole year with this albatross of a TV deal, the Guggs will be cursed to NEVER win a championship in this town (with apologies to all us die-hard fans). They’ll have to sell the team to McCourt’s kids.

    Like

  20. Update on fifth starter race (or non-race): Beachy has tendonitis in his elbow. Bolsinger has an oblique strain.

    Just get on with it already, and use Zach Lee. Then he can prove (a) he belongs, or (b) he should go back to being a quarterback.

    Like

  21. Yasmani Grandal left today’s game after two innings due to “an apparent injury”. Thank the Great Blue Dodger in the Sky for Austin Barnes.

    2019 Dodgers:
    Kershaw
    Urias
    Julian De Leon
    Grant Holmes
    Jharel Cotton
    c – Austin Barnes
    1b – Cody Bellinger
    2b – Micah Johnson
    ss – Corey Seager
    3b – Kike Hernandez
    of – Puig, Pederson, Trayce Thompson, Alex Verdugo

    Like

    • Somehow those names don’t impress me as striking fear into the hearts of the league or even our division, especially since the most recognized name among them will likely have opted out of his contract by 2019 and gone somewhere else more likely to produce a World championship.

      Like

  22. It does seem as if the TV deal is pretty much a non issue with the organization even if it is on the minds of fans and sportswriters. Time Warner has been doing a lot of advertising pushing the fact that if you want to see the Dodgers and you can get TWC, then you should. The club just seems to ignore the public relations backlash.

    As for all the injuries, perhaps there is a curse. More likely just bad luck.

    Like

  23. As ST progresses, I’m not seeing a very good team. We have 2 starters in Kersh and Maeda, whom I can see winning 21 and 13 respectively. Beyond that, I think Kazmir and Wood will be lucky to reach 8-9 wins apiece, and a 5th spot that will struggle to win 7-8. The bullpen pitchers take turns getting shelled, but that’s nothing new. The team as a whole is poor fielding. Assuming Crawford doesn’t get hurt, he’s the left fielder now that Dre’s hurt. I don’t see Seager even rounding into form until the end of May now that he’s missed so many games. They’ve got Joc’s average up, but his power is down and he still K’s a couple times a game.

    At some point they need to admit that this is a rebuilding year and just plug in the young guys to see if they sink or swim. That especially goes for Lee, whom at least could eat innings, and possibly JDL. I’d see if that Johnson kid and Trayce could play 2nd and LF respectively. All of those guys are about as ML ready as they’re going to be, so might as well see what they’ve got. Its going to be a trying year anyway, why watch it happen with old farts like Kendrick and Crawford?

    Ned did this and now FriedCo is doing the same thing – half assing the roster. Either you load up and go for broke, or you commit fully to a rebuild. You can’t do both and be successful at either.

    Like

  24. This season doesn’t look much different to me than any of the previous in the last 3 years, except that I hope Maeda and or Kazmir can make up for the loss of the proven Greinke. I think a lot depends on how the rest of the competition in the NL West performs.

    Like

  25. I personally think that Bellinger is a keeper. Between him and VanSlyke first base would be fine. I’d like to get rid of AGon as soon as possible and while he has some decent trade value.

    Like

    • Bellinger is going to be a good one, but he may not be ready to take over first base full time until 2018. He will play in Tulsa this year, then Oklahoma City in 2017.

      Like

  26. State of the Dodgers:

    Greinke – gone
    Grandal – recovering
    Gonzalez – achy
    Utley – MLB shut down the best part of his game
    Seager – out early
    Turner – recovering, but will still need 2 days rest every week
    Ethier – out until trading deadline?
    Pederson – still striking out
    Puig – okay so far
    Crawford – achy
    Ryu – not ready for prime time
    McCarthy – sick
    Beachy – not too peachy
    Maeda – elbow has a time limit
    Bolsinger – gut-punched

    Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

    Like

  27. Freidman set up the roster with a bunch of injury prone guys. Is it such a freakin’ surprise that we are in such a state that we are in today?

    Brett Anderson and Brandon Beachy are prime examples.

    Like

  28. I think we’d be much better off if Friedman and Zaidi twisted their collective necks and needed to take a year or two off. What a pair of losers! You would have thought Ned was bad enough.

    Well, it’s all a part of the Guggenhole curse, and this ownership deserves no less.

    Like

  29. Sad to say, but I think that Andre’s career is effectively over. The game has gotten to belong to younger and younger guys, and the careers for the most part don’t last as long as they used to. Andre was a sentimental favorite for many, and at least he was a true Dodger for a significant number of years. I’ll be glad to see SVS getting some additional playing time, but Crawford NOT. Crawford is such a waste anymore – like I said, the careers are just shorter now, and his is DONE. Thanks, Andre. There were a couple of good years there.

    Like

  30. Dre’s injury is good in the aspect that it isn’t to a joint. So I wouldn’t think this would be a career ending thing. As far as him aging and the game is concerned this process is inevitable…He still displays the ability and knowledge to punish RH pitching and someone somewhere will find that talent useful, whether it be in L.A. or elswhere…Two, three months, or whatever is a big setback for sure. But I think he has a fair chance of rebounding at least with the stick, towards the latter
    part of this season. I think the injury will heal fine, he will just be a little behind the pack and his role may require a bit of an adjustment.

    Like

  31. The injury bug has hit this Dodgers team hard. Slow Start is the prognostication. 7 games with the gnats in the first two weeks of the season and the Dodgers may be 0-7 to the even year champs. Lets hope we can keep within 7 games of the front runner through July, then perhaps an August/September Surge. Ha! yeah I got to keep it positive or my whole season will be cheering for the gnats to lose.

    Like

  32. A sign that the Dodgers are getting close to being ready for the regular season: Dave Roberts let four position players play out the whole game last night. Which ones?

    Kike Hernandez ss
    Trayce Thompson lf
    Rob Segedin 1b
    Rico Noel rf

    Like

  33. I find it hard to believe that anyone including the brass, thinks the pitching staff as it stands is strong enough to win in the post-season…Healthy or not? It’s also possible that unlike previous seasons this club will become accustomed to grinding their way to wins. Also unlike previous seasons the cross state goons, whom have a track record of finding ways to finish a season, look to be the stronger assembled group from the beginning, so one would think they’re the team to beat. The new coaching staff unlike previous seasons will also have new challenges in keeping the team competitive as well, whether it be through motivational leadership or strategically planned analytics…The season should if nothing else, let us discover just how well of an investment management has made in our new skipper.

    Like

  34. Dodgers are pretty much a train wreck right now, will apologies to trains everywhere. Can’t do much about the injuries to everyday players…but this pitching staff was a crap shoot from day 1…of LAST year. Ned may have been a dumpster-diver, but at least most of his has-been pitchers were healthy enough to fail miserably. We may see a lot of kid pitchers getting rocked this season, but at least it will harden their steel. Speaking of curses, maybe the departed Stan Conte put an injury curse on this team….

    And no offense, Friedman, Kasten and Magic, but GO L.A. KINGS!!!

    Like

    • “Ned may have been a dumpster-diver, but at least most of his has-been pitchers were healthy enough to fail miserably.”

      That’s a great line Kahli!! Your eloquence in 5 words captured Ned’s tenure and rekindled a feeling of futility and exasperation I’d almost blocked from memory.

      Well done my friend. Well done indeed.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s