Anytime the season starts with a Giant loss, especially a fantastic bullpen meltdown and a Dodger win, It’s all good! Obviously, there is a long way to go, but you might as well get off to a good start against the AAAA Little Sisters of the Poor. I think Clayton Kershaw makes more than the whole team… and it’s easy to see why! Seven straight Opening Day wins!
Joc Pederson seized the day by hitting a Grand Slam on a pitch he would have missed last year. I see incremental growth for young Joc – I have already predicted 40 HR for him and I think he might hit near .250. That would be very beneficial to the offense.
Yasmani Grandal homered from both sides of the plate – he’s on pace for 324 HR, but I see 40 and I also see improved BA. Joc and Yasmani are coming into their prime and the Dodgers should reap the benefits. Yasmani is lighter and visibly quicker. He has worked with Steve Yeager on his pitch blocking and he wants to be an everyday player – I’d say he is on his way. If he can get close to 500 AB’s he will hit close to 40 HR.
So many fans look at “what was” – I try and see “what can be.” Past performance is no guarantee of future prospects. I was never a big believer in Joc, but I have been a fan of Yasmani since his Cincinnati days. I have always predicted good things for him. I think this is the year people have to acknowledge how good he really has become.
Pedro Baez allegedly hit triple digits in a minor league game last week. They are working to speed him up and if that works, they might really have something. Let’s not forget that he has a career ERA of 3.08 and I think his HR aberration last year was just that. Chris Hatchet had better be watching over his shoulder…
To those who think the Dodger Bullpen will not be as good as last year, I have this to say: Yes it will… maybe better. Because they now have the horses to make some deals, like Alex Wood for Brad Brach.
It was great to see Wally Moon on Opening Day. Remember the Moon Shots?