We’ve got just sixteen days left of Spring Training. The Dodgers have started making cuts, such that just 36 able bodies are still in there MLB camp. Walker Buehler has been optioned to the minor leagues, which is no big surprise.
The most interesting development seems to be both Andrew Toles and Matt Kemp making a case for themselves to be the primary left fielder. Joc Pederson may have played himself out of a job, due to his poor and inconsistent hitting.
It’s been a while since I threw up a new thread, so here we go.
Andre Ethier is still looking for a job; I doubt his above interview get-up will help him get one.
Last week’s illness outbreak was not the flu. Norovirus was the culprit, and it likely hit its victims in the hot tub (and/or cold tub). The Norovirus bug has run its course.
Jake Peter, a utility man acquired in the Scott Alexander trade, is tearing it up in Spring Training. His batting line (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) is .375/.353/1.062/1.415 with three home runs in sixteen at bats. The Scott Alexander trade went as follows:
The Kansas City Royals sent Scott Alexander to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Luis Avilan and cash to the Chicago White Sox. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Erick Mejia (minors) and Trevor Oaks (minors) to the Kansas City Royals. The Chicago White Sox sent Jake Peter (minors) to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Kansas City Royals sent Joakim Soria and cash to the Chicago White Sox. [source: baseball_reference.com]
Rich Hill gets the start today against the Indians. Today’s starting lineup:
Seager dh – when will this guy throw?
Kemp lf – preparation to become a Dodger or showcase for other teams?
Well, there’s a split squad game against the White Sox too, so here’s a second lineup:
Today’s game features Wood Boat against the Texas Rangers.
Spring training baseball games, that is. They’re not really like real baseball games, not when the starting pitchers will only go for one or two innings. But it’s one team against another team, so we can start to see what’s up. I’m most curious about the playing ability of Matt Kemp. Can he get to balls in the outfield? How does his swing look? Could you imagine an everyday lineup that looks something like:
Grandal or Barnes c
It’s Spring Training for the Superbas blog, too, so let’s work on getting this new language down. Here’s a review of what we’ve got so far. Feel free to add new words as we go…
- Yookoofux – bad acquisition
- Shucumaloosha Shucumaloosha – Caught leaning the wrong way
- Tingonubadum – Playing defense like your nostrils still burn from the last bong rip.
- Mo’ Blo’ Tingonubadum – Double nose burner – same game.
- Wiefonafoola – Strikes out
- Queen Wiefonafoola – Strike out leader
- Tro’ Wimewae, Tro’ Wimewae – back to back, blown save chant.
- Kroodsieui’sieui – Hamstring
- Oose’ahaus – Shut out
- Umabluema – Walk-off
- Schmitten – The front office signed a pitcher to a large contract and only got four starts out of him
- Lurchen – Too tall to know how to pitch
- Bombko’n – Throws too many gopher balls. – Used in a sentence: Why the hell did Kershaw become a Bombko’n?
- Tootblan – as in Yasiel Tootblan Puig – thrown out on the basepaths like a nincompoop
- Ho’ Okola – It’s your lucky day.
- Repko’d – You were a good athletic player, but a Repko ran you over.
- Kemp’d – You were fast, until you broke your ankle doing a Tootblan at home plate.
- Ely’s Comin’ – The big league club is short a couple decent starters, so they call up a mediocre one from the minor leagues.
- A-Goned – What happened to Wally Pipp when Lou Gehrig came up.
- S’norr’d – Some fans fall asleep when Pedro Baez pitches ‘cuz he’s so darn slow. True Blue fans cannot sleep ‘cuz bad things happen when Baez pitches.
- An Dru’id – Used to be a good centerfielder, and a half good hitter. But after Ned signed him, all he could do was eat, strike out, and smile maniacally.
- Chasin’ Roun – Get on the bases and then score without the benefit of a base hit.
- Kleev’r – Superbas post that features comments from June, Ward, Beaver, and Wally
- Granpapp’d – Put an ol’ guy in the outfield, then lose 16 of 17 games.
- Makuna Ma’Koray – How to go into bankruptcy, then come out the other side with a billion dollars.
- Won Pee – Powerless, spaghetti armed outfielder
- Puigged – You just got thrown at third base on a single to right field.
- Kik Ma Leg – What Rich Hill does to keep his balance after throwing a pitch.
Ahhh, spring has come (at least to Arizona). The smell of fresh cut grass and baseball gloves. Today, pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch. We all gain a sense of hope for the upcoming season which could (COULD!) wipe away the tears of defeat (and yet near victory) from the 2017 World Series.
In the words of Bart Giamatti:
“[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”
― A. Bartlett Giamatti, Take Time For Paradise: Americans And Their Games
Lots of free agents are available for the picking. I don’t know if the Dodgers want any, but here are some of the better ones:
Starting Pitchers: Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Jaime Garcia, Jason Vargas, and Chris Tillman.
Relief Pitchers: Tony Watson and Greg Holland
Outfielders: JD Martinez, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalez, Jon Jay, and Jarrod Dyson.
First Base: Eric Hosmer, Logan Morrison, and Lucas Duda
Second Base: Neil Walker
Third Base: Mike Moustakas
Infield: Eduardo Nunez
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy
Anybody on this list that would interest you? Will the Dodgers continue to hold the line against breaking across the luxury tax line?
Free Agents? Eh, who needs ’em?