I watched the Brewers feed yesterday. I sometimes do that just to hear what other baseball people have to say about the team and certain players. On e of the Brewers announcers said this:
“The Dodgers have 10 legitimate Major League Quality Starting Pitchers.” “This is a team with a great deal of depth. They are built for the long haul.”
I actually think it’s more than 10, because at least Trevor Oaks is ready to. A lot of teams would love to have in in the mix for their #5 spot and he’s not even in the Dodger’s second five!
The Dodgers might have signed Joe Blanton for $4 million before they signed Romo, but they have too many pitchers already! I have doubts they are interested anymore. I would advise everyone to have their eyes open, but whether a player does well or poorly this early usually means nothing. Can they keep playing well? Can they start playing well after playing poorly?
Obviously some players have the team made: Turner, Kershaw, Grandal, Seager, Pederson, Gutierrez, Utley, Hill, Maeda, Barnes, Jansen, Puig and Romo among them. Then, there are guys who could make the team or be sent down: Segedin, Hernandez, Taylor, Toles, Liberatore, Stripling, Stewart and others. Also, we have players like Ethier, Kazmir, Ryu and McCarthy who, if healthy, will make the team or be traded, and then there are the non-roster invitees like Culberson and Ike Davis who have at least a chance.
Hatcher has looked bad – obviously if he keeps on that path, the decision will be easy. Morrow was not as bad as his stat line. Stripling was not good and Hernandez has not played well. As Eric Karros used to say “It’s early!”
Rants & Raves
- At this stage of his career, Chase Utley looks more than ready for his new role, and I think he could put up some monster numbers in 200 AB’s this year.
- Ditto for Franklin Gutierrez! Between Ut and Gut, the Dodgers could have the best L-R pinch hit tandem in baseball!
- Austin Barnes didn’t get a hit, but he was outstanding behind the plate yesterday. The Brewers announcers raved about his defense.
- On Cody Bellinger’s homer that left the park, Dave Roberts said this: “Haven’t seen many guys in the big leagues that can hit a ball like that.” I would not be afraid to start the season with Bellinger at 1B, although the only way that is likely to happen is if Davis and Gonzo are on the DL.
- BTW, Davis played very well.
- I know why MLB doesn’t show pitch speed early in Spring Training, but I would like to see the progression as pitchers work back into shape.