The Dodgers are using an interesting mix of youth and veterans to win in 2016. Corey Seager is the most obvious example of the successful youth brigade. Yesterday, Vin Scully said that Seager is playing like a ten year veteran. For the offense, add successful sophomore slugger Joc Pederson, 27 year old Yasmani Grandal, and the latest bench players 24 year old Andrew Toles and 27 year old rookie Rob Segedin. That’s the youth brigade that has injected energy into the Dodgers offense.
Veteran position players Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, and Howie Kendrick had a slow start in 2016, but have kicked into gear and are providing the punch necessary to win. Chase Utley, the grizzled 37 year old, was successful early, tailed off in the middle, but now is back and contributing more than ever at the lead off spot.
Julio Urias leads the youth in starting pitching and is joined by Ross Stripling and yesterday’s hero Brock Stewart. Kenta Maeda is a blend of youth and veteran-ness, bringing the experience of the Japanese League into his rookie year with the MLB. Veteran pitchers have had a tough time staying healthy, but even still are contributing. Rich Hill may be a season saver. We are still looking forward to Clayton Kershaw’s return.
The bullpen isn’t so much youth and veterans, but more like older inexperienced pitchers and veteran pitchers. Right now the bullpen is being led by Kenley Jansen (obviously), veteran Joe Blanton, Adam Liberatore, and Grant Dayton. Pedro Baez would be added to that list if he could just figure out how to keep the ball in the park and be more consistent.
Today, the Dodgers travel to Coors Field, where they begin a three game series, with starting pitcher Kenta Maeda facing Jon Gray.