Actually, my wife owns some ice cream stores (hand-packed, 15% butterfat, if you want health food, eat carrots type) and one of the most popular flavors is calledThis $&@! Just Got Serious. It is a smooth salted caramel ice cream brimming with rich sea salt fudge and salted cashews. Of course, Spring Training is also getting serious! With Spring Training about half completed, Opening Day will soon be upon us… and we don’t even know who will start the game for the Dodgers. Buehler is being slow-walked, so it likely won’t be him. Ryu and Hill are candidates as well.
However, I have an idea: Use an “Opener” (and I don’t mean sign Sergio Romo again). Let Joe Kelly start the game (just don’t let him cook dinner)and then bring in Urias, then Chicken Strip and make it a bullpen game. Why not? I am at least half-serious about this.
You can see that Stetson Allie and Dennis Santana have to potential to be in the Dodgers bullpen this season, but neither will break with the team. Both will go to AAA to work on trusting their stuff and repeatable mechanics. Santana as a starter and Allie in the pen. Both have the stuff to close… if they trust and control it. BIG IF!
Twenty-eight year old journeyman Yordy “Lordy, Lordy” Cabrera is throwing smoke in the Cactus League… hitting triple digits with ease. This is another pitcher Andrew Friedman has resurrected from the bone pile who has a legitimate shot. He’s a good guy who has had a lot of bad luck. He has the speed and the sink to be a high-leverage reliever. Read more about himHERE.
We all know that Speed Kills andMLB.comhas the Dodgers ranked as the 6th fastest team in baseball. Here’s what they say about the Boys in Blue:
The Dodgers are interesting. They don’t have a top-level speedster, but they have a lot of players who run well, and no one who really clogs up the bases. That makes perfect sense when you think about their emphasis on versatility in their roster construction. Bellinger and Taylor play both infield and outfield. Max Muncy (27.6 ft/sec) plays around the infield. Enrique Hernández (27.8 ft/sec) is a super-utility player. Even catcher Austin Barnes (27.4 ft/sec) can also play second base. Pop top free-agent signing A.J. Pollock(28.2 ft/sec) into center field, and you’ve got an all-around speedy team.
Joe “Machine Gun” Kelly if fine after his back stiffened up from cooking at a “Crawfish Boil.” If you have never had that, you have no idea what you are missing. Kelly should be banned from the kitchen.
It appears that the Hitting Coaches are working intensely with the Dodger Hitters and we see flashes of incremental improvement, but this is a work in progress and is not a magic pill. I believe they are on the right track and most, if not all hitters are buying in… but it’s going to take some time. It was good to see Joc hit a big fly and AJ hit one with authority to the opposite field. There’s a lot of work to do and lots to be decided, but with the signing of Brad Miller, I think Joc is still on the block. He just needs to start hitting… and I think you will see him moved.
I still believe that Austin Barnes and Russ Martin will form a very solid duo behind the plate. Of course, Martin is recovering from a sore back, but Barnes flashing his 2017 form. I am not sure what happened to Austin last year, but he wasn’t happy and maybe as Orel said “He needed a change from Turner Ward.”
Orel wasn’t dissing Ward… just saying that another approach was needed. Austin looks like he is having fun again. What Russ Martin has to add remains to be seen. I still think he has some gas left in the tank. We shall see him soon… maybe this weekend.
Finally, this is for MJ: Bumsrap and Hamchuck are not the same person. I can’t tell you how I know… but I know for sure.