Save Chief Wahoo

What enters the mind when you view this photo?

I’ll bet, Orel is thinking?

Hey!

I can get extra tickets to the World Series for my Indian friends, through Pantone 294 this year…

 

I read somewhere, earlier, that our new Commissioner is currently in discussion to end Chief Wahoos term as the Ambassador of Cleveland Baseball.

I wonder if there has been any discussion about Making Chief Wah’Orel  the new Ambassador?

Here’s today’s line-up folks…

Utley DH

Seager SS

Turner 3B

Bellinger 1B

Grandal C

Taylor LF

Forsythe 2B

Pederson CF

Puig RF

Kershaw P

Adrian Gonzalez was added to the DL and Joc Pederson was added to the 25 man roster.

Bombay Banquet

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This afternoon at 5:40pm PDT/6:40pm MDT/8:40 EDT, the Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies in Denver.  If the Dodgers can take three of four games or better, the Dodgers will be in first place at the end of the weekend.

Last night, Nomar Garciaparra discussed Cody Bellinger’s ability to hit an opposite field home run, flat-footed, and with the marine layer working against him in Chavez Ravine.  That just shows how strong he is.  Imagine the damage he can do at Coors Field.  Bombs Away!

Maeda’s Latest

at Dodger Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Kenta Maeda is pitching against the White Sox today at Camelback Ranch. Interestingly (or not), this is considered a road game for the Dodgers and a home game for the White Sox.

Yesterday, Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs including three home runs.  He took the rough outing in stride, as it was just a Spring Training game.  The Dodgers lost that game 5-2 to the Seattle Mariners.  No big deal.

Meanwhile, the other half (or Split Squad) of the Dodgers lost 3-2 to the San Diego Padres.  Alex Wood put up a rather good start, giving up 2 hits, one run, no walks, and five strikeouts in four and a third innings pitched.

Split Squad Friday

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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!

Game 4 of Spring

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It’s not even March yet, but we’ve got our fourth game already today.  The Boys are 2-1 in the Cactus League, which means nada when it comes to moving towards the seventh World Championship.  What does count is that The Beav made his most optimistic comment in years, saying that this team is deep, and then going on to say he is already predicting a 97 win 2017 season.

Today’s game features a start by phenom Julio Urias.  The batting lineup for the Dodgers:

Ethier lf
Barnes c
Van Slyke 1b
Segedin 3b
Utley 2b
Eibner cf
Dickson dh
Taylor ss
Ramos rf

What is this, a split squad day? Where’s the rest of the team?

Dodgers at Yankee Stadium

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The Dodgers visit the Yankees today at 4:05 pm PDT.  Rookie righty Jose De Leon will be the starting pitcher for the Dodgers, while the Yankees throw right hander Bryan Mitchell.  This is Mitchell’s third year in the majors, but only his fifth start.  Last year he was used mostly as a reliever, while this year he has been in the minor leagues most of the year.

Yankee Stadium has short porches down the right-field line and left-field line, with both being 314 feet from home plate.  Dodger hitters need to pound the ball there, including Utley, Seager, Turner, Gonzalez, Grandal, and Pederson.  The offense needs to wake up today, as they have scored a scant nine runs over the past four games.

Kids and Veterans

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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.