In the regular season, your are always playing to win the game. I meanthis game, or at least you try and put yourself in position to win more games. That is not true in Spring Training. If you are upset Doc let Stetson Allie, the wild fire-baller, walk batter-after-batter in the 9th inning only to take him out and let Yordy “Lordy, Lordy” Cabrera give up a three-run game killing double, your anger is misguided.
What Dave Roberts did in the 9th inning yesterday was a resounding success, not an abysmal failure. Dave Roberts put them in a pressure situation to see if they were ready for prime time and it turns out they were not. Roberts would like those two live arms in the bullpen, IF they can stand the pressure. They couldn’t and Roberts found out in Spring Training, rather than the regular season. I consider that a success… for the team, but not the players who blew the game.
In Spring Training, sometimes you sacrifice wins to see who you want to go to war with… to see who can help you win the most games in the regular season. For the time being, you can scratch Allie and Cabrera off the list. What little chance either one had of breaking with the team evaporated in the 9th inning. That takes the pitching staff down some, but they have to cut several more pitchers.
If Kershaw is healthy… and it is looking like he will be, as of RIGHT NOW, these pitchers are locks to make the team:
If they go with 13 pitchers, then Floro is likely sent to AAA. That means Chargois, Ferguson and the rest are headed to Minor League Camp. If the Dodgers carry 12 positions players, then these are the locks:
Of course, I am taking a leap of faith in relying on Dave Roberts words that Corey Seager will be ready. It’s still entirely possible that Kershaw and Seager will both start the season on the IL…. and that shews all my plans. Brad Miller is on a minor league deal, so he can go back to OKC for a time, but the Dodgers certainly have some trade pieces.
More Dodger News
- Putting Andrew Toles on the restricted list is just procedural and just means “he ain’t coming back anytime soon”. It’s neither good nor bad. I just wish him peace. These guys are not pieces of meat.. or cattle – they are human beings.
- So the Dodgers look like they will go into the season with the above roster… but there’s still a lot of time and injuries happen.
- Tony Gonsolin is very, very close to pitching in the show… either as a starter or a reliever. His pitching yesterday was outstanding.
- I do not expect Chris Taylor to get “fixed” overnight. I think he will have success and failures for a while, but I think he is trying.
- Max Muncy is looking very comfortable and very good at 1B… well, better than I expected.
- Austin Barnes is on the comeback trail… both offensively and defensively. He has looked solid. I thought Russ Martin might take the job, but it’s Austin’s to lose.
FINALLY:The bickering here needs to stop. You have the right to your opinions about the Dodgers – you do not have the right to push your agenda. Get along, respect each other or you will be gone. If this doesn’t apply to you then move on. If it does, stop the divisiveness! This is supposed to be fun and if it is not, I will not allow it to continue. It’s not wise to push the envelope…