Split Squad Friday


Tonight at about 7pm PDT, the Dodgers will split into two squads.  Half will stay home at Camelback Ranch and take on the Seattle Mariners.  The other half will travel to the Padres Spring Training field.

Meanwhile, here are some notes of recent goings on:

  1. Yasiel Puig got himself thrown out of a Spring Training game, because he’s still not quite right in the head.  The Beav (and likely Wally and others) think that should give us a poor outlook on his ability to right himself in the 2017 season.
  2. Sergio Romo has a stiff back.  That’s never a good thing for a baseball player, especially a pitcher.
  3. Andre Ethier is coming back from “a sore hip”.  Reports are that he will start for one of the two squads tonight, either in left field or as a designated hitter.  I’ll put in my #Ethier_Bingo entry right now – he’ll be the starting DH against the Mariners, and be replaced in the fifth inning.
  4. Scott Kazmir is still a long way from coming back.
  5. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Urias will not have enough time to get ready for Opening Day, for different reasons.  Ryu is still coming back from his many injuries, and still working up his strength.  Hopefully, he will get there.  Urias is being held back by the FAZ front office, so they don’t overuse him before the time we really need his skills – in the playoffs.
  6. Brandon McCarthy had a decent showing this week, but our own trublu4ever thinks he will only start three games for the Dodgers in the 2017 official (non-ST) season.  That’s what happens when you sign up an often-injured pitcher.
  7. Brock Brock Stewart has a sore throwing shoulder.
  8. The Dodgers’ offense was in peak form yesterday – gathering three hits and no runs, so reminiscent of many, many regular season games!

25 thoughts on “Split Squad Friday

  1. Bringing forward Beav’s comment into this thread.

    The Beav
    March 17, 2017 at 10:14 am Edit
    Other than revamping the entire farm system, which is huge, and stretching the roster around the margins, which is good for another 3-4 wins during the season, this FO still makes an awful lot of Ned-like moves.

    No one can compete with Ned’s waste of a half billion dollars, but this FO has already wasted $96M on PVLs McCarthy and Kazmir, either one of which was a bad sign when it was made given their histories. I’m of the opinion that Hill will be added to that list as well.

    And ex-Gnat Romo was a very Nedesque pick-up, as was Gutierrez.

    But then if you look at the histories of Friedman and Zaidi, they have a knack for building farms and improving margins, but very little in dealings with top end talent.


  2. I, for one, and probably the only one, don’t care if Puig threw his bat and got ejected in a Spring Training game. You either like his fire or you don’t. I happen to like it. Tired of the vanilla Dodgers. It’s gotten the team nowhere in 28 years. Puig is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Maybe he actually cares about his performance and gets pissed off when he fails. He and Gonzales were laughing as they left. So Adrian obviously didn’t think it was a big deal. Maybe there’s history between Puig and that ump. Who the hell knows?!?!?!?!?!


    • That pitch and another were suspect strikes. [Looked outside to me.]

      Just play the damn fucking game.

      #nodaysoff #noexcuses

      Sorry Kahli.


  3. I was listening to the game when Puig took the third strike and was ejected for throwing the bat in anger. Rick Monday pretty much predicted Puig would be tossed when he suggested before the final pitch that Puig ought to swing at anything close. Monday and Steiner both felt Puig was wrong to take the pitch and then get upset at the call since it was clear this ump was calling the game close. The broadcasters seemed to believe getting showing so much anger and getting thrown out of a spring training game was pointless but then again, these two guys sound quite bored most of the time during these spring games, especially when there are mostly minor leaguers and unfamiliar faces on the field.

    I think it is time to just accept Puig for the player he is and not worry about what he is not. As many have said, there does not seem to be any middle ground with him: one either hates him as a player or loves him as a player. I think he can be a good player and while I have not seen him yet this spring, the broadcasters have said he has revamped his stance and swing and they think it is for the better. I believe Puig does care about playing baseball and wants to win and do well. He does not fit the mold of the stoic, all serious player most of us old timers know and love and he has been unable to replicate his first few weeks as a major league player when he looked like he could be the big superstar the Dodgers had been lacking. Sadly, that did not happen.

    The Dodgers have little choice but to see what Puig can do. They have a surplus of outfielders and that should make for some competition. They also have some depth if an injury occurs. I still believe Puig can make a contribution to the Dodgers but I suspect the team’s patience has worn thin.

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    • I’m not anti-Puig.

      I am tired of people complaining and throwing tantrums.

      I think Puig is going to have a great season.


    • I, for one, am a Puig fan. I have a Puig shirt that I have hesitated to wear the past couple of years. I’d love for him to perform well during 2017, and I will start wearing his shirt again.

      Did I ever tell you that I bought his shirt at the ballpark before the 9/1/2013 game, and he hit what was to be the game-winning home run in the sixth inning? That was just a little more exciting than Greinke’s stolen base during the same game.


  4. Split Squad Squid Skadoodle

    Forsythe 2b________________Pederson cf
    Puig rf_____________________Toles lf
    Gutierrez lf_________________Turner 3b
    Grandal c__________________A-Gon 1b
    Van Slyke 1b_______________Barnes c
    Thompson cf_______________Bellinger rf
    Sweeney 2b________________Taylor ss
    Culberson ss_______________Calhoun 2b
    Kershaw p_________________Wood p

    Dang it! I lost #Ethier_Bingo again!


  5. Get your Lucky EthierBall tickets!!

    On Sale Now!!


    The winning EthierBall will be drawn during tonight’s contest…

    We can sell these things all season long too.


  6. I went to Mariner games when only 3000 people showed up.

    You leave your seat, casualy walk over to the elevator, ride it up to the 300 deck and retrieve a foul ball.

    I also watched Magic and Kareem from those 300 deck seats. Jabbar was about an inch and a half tall. I walked down close to the court to make sure it was really him.

    The best thing about the KingDome was when they had the paper airplane flying challenge. You bought paper, wrote your info on it, made a plane and sent it afloat. If it landed in a Vette or on a $5000.00 circle as well as other prizes. You win.


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