Before I get into the game, it’s good to hear that Pedro Guerrero is improving.
The Dodgers struggled against lefthanders the first two games of the season and I have never heard such wailing and gnashing of teeth. I told you yo be patient, that this is baseball with peaks and valleys and two games meant nothing. It’s a two-way street. The Dodgers broke out against a lefthander yesterday, and while I am encouraged, it means nothing… just yet! We are going to have to see a few more games before pronouncing whether or not they have improved against LH pitching. They will have the opportunity over the next several days to do just that, starting today with one of the best in the game: Jon Lester.
It was good to see Austin Barnes get a couple of hits, even of the blowing fly ball variety. Joc, Corey, Logan and Justin also all got at least 2 hits. Forsythe had 3 to help bust his slump. Maeda was a little shaky but went 5 and Jansen looked like he hadn’t pitched for several days. He will be ready for the Cubs.
As I have said before, I believe that the Dodgers will be better against LH pitching this year and I won’t repeat why. We just have to see how that plays out. By the end of the month, a clear pattern pattern should emerge.
Minor League Report
- OKC BOXSCORE OKC won 12-1. Cody Bellinger went 1-5 (2B) and saw his BA drop to a mere .412. O’Koyea Dickson is making a case to be on the BIG TEAM as he went 4-5 and now is hitting .714. Willie Calhoun went 3-4 while Brett Eibner went 4-4 and Jair Jurrjens went 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run. Let’s not forget that he was once a pretty good #2 or #3 starter and he’s only 31.
- TULSA BOXSCORE Tulsa won 8-4. Ahmed was 2-4 as was Fernandez (who has been hot). Rios was 3-5 with a HR and Mieses also homered.
- RC BOXSCORE Rancho lost 2-1. DJ Peters (playing CF) got two hits as did Ibandel Isabel (6′ 4″-21-year old 1B), but that was about it. Istler was hung with the loss.
- GREAT LAKES BOXSCORE GL lost 10-9. Cody Thomas was 3-5 with a HR and there were lots of other hits, but the Loons pitchers pretty much got torched.
I think that this year is a critical year for Alex Verdugo – he could become a Tony Gwynnesque player or another over-hyped prospect. So far, he looks to be stepping it up a notch, as he is hitting .417 with a 1.212 OPS. I have no such compunction about Cody Belligner. He is ready and is a star in the making. I knew it with Seager – yet are cut from the same stock. Trayce Thompson is struggling, but Dickson and Eibner are raking, as is Willie Calhoun. There is ZERO doubt that Willie can hit.