It’s March 16th and Adrian Gonzalez will never play in the WBC again… so there is that. He says Little League is ran better and he would be right – it’s mostly a joke!
Julio Urias is pissed he’s going to extended Spring Training… and the Dodgers have more good players than they have positions. Life is good! Just to be clear, Urias is not going to the pen or AAA – he’s going to sit out for a while… which is the only thing that makes any sense.
Brandon McCarthy was in mid-season form because he gave up 2 home runs on Wednesday, but the plan was for him to pound the strike zone. All you need to know is this:
He threw 60 pitches (40 strikes); and
Unless he gets injured, he is a starter – write it down!
The other spot is between Ryu and Wood. I think Ryu goes to AAA, but you never know. My money is on Wood. Stewart is shut down for a few weeks. Kazmir is on Social Security and Oaks is not on the 40-man. The starting pitching is doing just fine, thank you!
The bullpen is starting to become clear, assuming present state of health. I think these guys will make up the seven-man pen: Jansen, Romo, Dayton, Avilan, Stripling, probably Morrow and Hatcher (just because he is outta’ options, but his leash is short).
Andre Ethier could start the season on the DL which would open the door for Andrew Toles. After missing a year, Ethier is doing noting to show he can stay healthy… sometimes if you have a Toles, you just have to play him. If he starts well, this could be the end for Andre.
Let’s hope Kenley Jansen has no issues pitching in the WBC. Gonzo is going to box Kenley when he comes back.
Trayce Thompson will almost certainly start the season in AAA, so if Ethier is on the DL, the outfield is Toles, SVS, Pederson, Puig and Gutierrez. Brett Eibner has showed he has value as well. He could be a #5, but not now.
I think the only spot up for grabs is the utilityman: Taylor or Kike? Culberson is not on the 40-man – sorry Charlie! Taylor is hitting .500 – that’s hard to argue with and he’s a true SS. Kike may start at AAA and that may not be a bad deal. Let him play everyday.
FYI: Jose De Leon is being treated very rudely by MLB hitters with a 17.18 ERA. It’s way early to predict anything, but I think FAZ felt his star was tarnishing.
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