Daily Dodger’s ST Highlights

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  • 3/6/2021
    • Padres: 2
    • Dodgers: 1
  • Game Overview

Bauer pitched a scoreless inning with only one eye open before 2 more scoreless frames. Gonsolin also put up 2 zeroes and strikeouts on the scoreboard against one hit. Alexander had a rough day and may not be as secure in his spot as he was last year. Corey Knebel continues to look more and more like the Knebel that won Reliever of the Year.

Offensively the team struggled besides player of the day Matt Davidson, who upped his OPS to 1.178 for the spring. Neuse was the only other player to manage a hit, but the team still managed 6 walks in classic Dodger fashion.

Overall, neither team wanted to tip their offensive hands to the other as both prepare for a long division battle in 2021.

  • Player of the Day
    • Matt Davidson, 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1.178 OPS
  • Good Days
    • Sheldon Neuse, 1-2, 1 K, .667 OPS
    • Andy Burns, 0-0, 1 BB, 1 R, .956 OPS
    • Trevor Bauer, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
  • Bad Days
    • James Outman, 0-2, 2 K, 2 LOB, .422 OPS
    • Austin Barnes, 0-3, 3 LOB, .476 OPS
    • Scott Alexander, L, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 SO, 9.00 ERA
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  • 3/5/2021
    • Dodgers: 7
    • Royals: 5
  • Game Overview

KERSHAW DAY. And he looked great. He pitched 2 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts, 2 hits, and faced only one batter over the minimum. Cy Kersh is ready already. Kickham on the other hand, may have pitched his way out of any opening day roster chance. The lefty ate up 2.2 innings but got a blown save after giving up 3 runs to 5 baserunners.

Offensively the Dodgers woke up largely thanks to Chris Taylor. He smacked a grand slam as well as a double on the day raising his spring training OPS to 1.600. Matt Beaty is also showing signs of his contact skills rebounding with consistent plate appearances. Max Muncy FINALLY got on base with a single and two walks. Still his Spring OPS is sitting at a measly .542. Finally, Kody Hoese made some noise late in the game as the only Dodger not named Taylor with an extra base hit, his first home run.

Turner and Smith left 11 men on base going a combined 0-6 in the meat of the lineup. The silver lining is neither struck out once, so at least everything was put in play. Luke Raley is looking like one of the first cuts of the spring after yet another disappointing performance for the lefty outfielder. Too much competition for the still very talented player. Overall, today was a great day day for the likely MLB Dodgers.

  • Player of the Day
    • Chris Taylor, 2-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 2B, 1 Grand Slam, 1.600 OPS
  • Good Days
    • Matt Beaty, 2-3, 1 R, 1 LOB, 1.292 OPS
    • Max Muncy, 1-1, 2 BB, 1 R, .542 OPS
    • Kody Hoese, 1-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR, 2.500 OPS
  • Bad Days
    • Justin Turner, 0-3, 4 LOB, .286 OPS
    • Will Smith, 0-3, 7 LOB, .625 OPS
    • Luke Raley, 0-3, 2 K, 3 LOB, .411 OPS
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  • 3/4/2021
    • Cubs: 7
    • Dodgers: 0
  • Game Overview

We spoke too soon. TODAY was the Dodgers worst showing so far. The Cubs absolutely pummeled the combination of Jojo Gray and Edwin Uceta for 6 of their 7 runs. The last was an unearned run charged to Jimmy Nelson on a throwing error by Austin Barnes as Hoerner stole 3rd. But we really liked what we saw from Nelson. He’s officially caught our radar as a legit starting option.

The offense was alright with 6 hits and 4 walks, but they couldn’t push a run across home. The team had a combined 17 men left on base with no runs despite being 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

DJ Peters continues to impress and leads the Dodgers in OPS this spring. McKinstry got yet another hit, and Neuse also joined the party with his own single. Good timing too after his rocket of a throw over 1st for his first error of the spring. Overall, it was mostly an uneventful game for the Dodger’s organization.

  • Player of the Day
    • DJ Peters, 1-2, 1 K, 2.357 OPS
  • Good Days
    • Corey Seager, 1-2, 1 K, .900 OPS
    • Edwin Rios, 1-2, 1 LOB, 1 GIDP, .900 OPS
    • Zach McKinstry, 1-2, 1 K, 1 LOB, 4 Game hit streak
  • Bad Days
    • Mookie Betts, 0-2, 2 K, 2 LOB, .500 OPS
    • Edwin Uceta, 2.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 K, 1 HR, 18.00 ERA
    • James Outman, 0-2, 1 K, 2 LOB
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  • 3/3/2021
    • Dodgers: 4
    • Reds: 4
  • Game Overview

This was probably the worst showing from the Dodgers so far. While the scoreboard ended in a tie, the Dodgers early pitchers both got lucky with Roberts choosing to roll over the innings with only a run scored and two outs for Urias and Knebel each. Both could’ve faired much worse had Roberts not pulled the plug on their innings. Still neither looked awful, and we’d go as far as saying Knebel looked really good. Dennis Santana continued to impress just about everyone with another dominant outing. Bobby Miller made his debut getting 3 outs on 6 pitches and getting comps to Walker Buehler already.

Cleavinger looked much better in this second outing. The roughest pitching spot goes to other 2020 draft pick, Landon Knack. He gave up a monster of a 2 run bomb to get the blown save. As for the offense the Dodger starters continue to lag. Taylor, Muncy, Turner, and Smith went a combined 0-8 as the top of the lineup. Meanwhile the young guys and veteran Fedex accounted for 99% of the offense. This team is far from full strength.

  • Player of the Day
    • Gavin Lux, 1-2, 1 R, 1 K, 1 LOB, 1.200 OPS

This looks like the Lux we were promised. He handled himself very well at shortstop with the Dodgers turning several double plays yesterday. He showed off his legs on the bases by scoring from 3rd on a pretty shallow fly out to left field. And he showed off the bat once again with yet another hard hit single that finds it’s way into right field. Overall, the kid looks confident and ready to fight for the everyday second base role, or possibly take Corey Seager’s crown if he chooses to leave in FA.

  • Good Days
    • Matt Beaty, 1-1, 1 BB, 1 R, 1.267 OPS
      • Still competing for a roster spot, but doesn’t have much time
    • Zach Mckinstry, 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1.000 OPS
      • Hit a day, keeps the minors away
    • Dennis Santana, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
      • He’s been possibly the most dominant Dodger pitcher of the spring so far
  • Bad Days
    • Julio Urias, 0.2 IP (1.0 IP with roll over), 2 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 9.00 ERA
      • All good, first appearance since the WS
    • Max Muncy, 0-2, 1 K, .000 OPS
      • We think Muncy is starting to enter the danger zone this year
    • Chris Taylor, 0-2, 1 K, .000 OPS
      • His spot isn’t as secure as we talk like it is
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  • 3/2/2021
    • Dodgers: 1
    • Giants: 1
  • Game Overview

The Dodgers pitching staff continues to highlight every game so far. Buehler and May both came out looking like their midseason selves. Nick Robertson just caught the eye of just about every Dodger fan with his massive 6’6″ frame and power delivery.

The only blemish on the scoreboard came via Vesia, the recent Marlins acquisition. But overall we still see why the organization liked him. He throws in the mid 90-s with movement and can pound the top of the zone. But overall, pretty boring game between the rivals. We do have to hand it to Farhan Zaidi though. These Giants are much better than they appear. We expect to see them in 3rd and around .500 most of the year.

  • Player of the Day
    • James Outman, 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI, .600 OPS

What a game from the 23 year old centerfielder. He knocked in the teams only run to save the Dodgers from their first Spring Training L, and possibly saved the game with two defensive gems in center as well.

He’s a 2018, 7th round pick from Redwood City, CA. He’s a big 6’3″, 215 pound lefty bat with serious pop and speed. He just missed a milestone in his 2019 season with 19 homers and 20 stolen bases. He slashed an average .226/.322/.407 thanks to a lot of strikeouts.

However, the season before in the Rookie league, Outman slashed a well rounded .264/.350/.490. Again with almost a perfect ratio of 11 homers and 12 stolen bases. Its’ exciting to think where Outman may be after a season off the books.

There’s a 5-tool player here and probably a rising star in CF, James Outman. He’s not likely to make an impact in 2021, but he is officially on our 2022 and beyond radar. He looks like he has a Joc Pederson floor with a Cody Bellinger upside. This upcoming minor league season will say a lot.

  • Good Days
    • Austin Barnes, 1-1, 1 BB, .833 OPS
      • Just reminding everyone how good he really is.
    • Nick Robertson, 1 IP, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
      • Another 7th round pick that looks to have a very bright future
    • Michael Busch, 1-1, 1 R, 1.667 OPS
      • Good to see thee highly touted prospect show off a few tools after a rocky beginning to ST.
  • Bad Days
    • AJ Pollock, 0-2, 2 LOB, .000 OPS
      • We’re not gonna lie, young guns are coming for Pollock’s PAs
    • Sheldon Neuse, 0-2, 1 K, 3 LOB, .000 OPS
      • The A’s trade haul isn’t likely to make the roster unless he turns it up to 110 so this is not good
    • Matt Davidson, 0-2, 1 K, 3 LOB, 1.000 OPS
      • He got the start at 1st but couldn’t make the most of it
  • 3/1/2021
    • Dodgers: 10
    • Rockies: 0
  • Game Overview

Bauer, Gonsolin, Jansen, Treinen, and Gonzalez combined for a 2-hit, 6-inning shutout. Bauer gave up one hit and struck out two in 2 IP. Other than that, Jansen probably stood out the most with a quick 2 strikeout inning. However, they played against probably the worst Rockies lineup we’ve ever seen.

The offense went 14 for 33 with 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 10 runs. Only 5 of the 14 hits were for extra bases, but 6 of the 9 RBI came with 2-outs which is a great sign. The most talked about player still has to be McKinstry who once again had a hit keeping his OPS at 1.000 this spring.

  • Player of the Day
    • DJ Peters, 2-2, 2R, 2 RBI, 3.500 OPS

Peters started in center field again after walking twice yesterday. He went 2-2 with a homer and a lucky single thanks to the sun (maybe). It’s only 4 at bats, but Peters has yet to be retired. Today, the big man showed off all his tools with speed on the bases and a fantastic play in center field. He’s officially caught our roster radar and should be considered in the running for one of the last bench spots.

  • Good Days
    • Gavin Lux, 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1.333 OPS
      • He attacked two first pitches and looks smooth at the plate
    • Will Smith, 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1.667 OPS
      • Right where he left off
    • Omar Estévez, 1-1, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 3.000 OPS
      • Best bench performance of the day
  • Bad Days
    • Mini Muncy, 0-3, 1 K, 2 LOB, .000 OPS,
      • Only starter without a hit
    • Zach Reks, 0-2, 3 LOB, .000 OPS
      • Minor league bound until proven otherwise or traded
    • Devin Mann, 0-2, 1 K, 2 LOB, .000 OPS
      • Doesn’t take long to get left behind with the righties smashing right now
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  • 2/28/2021
    • Dodgers: 2
    • Athletics: 1
  • Game Overview

This could hypothetically be a World Series matchup. It’s unlikely, but the A’s just about get in the mix of it every year. Kudos to both pitching staffs as well because the strike zone was TIGHT to say the least. Mix that with the crazy wind and the combined 7 hits and 5 walks given up is a good sign for both teams.

For the Dodgers, 6 of the 9 starters found their way on base somehow. The 3 that didn’t were the vets in Betts, Barnes, and Pollock so nothing really to worry about there. The Dodgers could’ve scored more, but the RF on the A’s had a cannon. The Dodger pitchers also looked good from bottom to top.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/dodgers-vs-athletics/2021/02/28/641992#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=641992
  • Player of the Day
    • Edwin Rios, 1-2, 2B, 1.000 OPS

Rios looks good. Somehow the man got even stronger and more athletic this offseason. The swing looked good when he roped a single into RF that caused the play at the plate. But the most important thing is how solid he looked handling the hot corner.

  • Good Day
    • Matt Davidson, 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1.667 OPS
      • Go ahead RBI, homer in strong wind, says “I can pitch.” Davidson DH cheat code?
    • Corey Seager, 1-2, 1 RBI, 1.000 OPS
      • He attacked the first pitch he saw and put it
    • Zach McKinstry 1-2, 1 R, 1.000 OPS
      • He’s getting praise left and right
  • Bad Day
    • Jacob Amaya, 0-1, 1 LOB, .000 OPS
      • Did not look ready handling short
    • Mookie Betts, 0-2, 1 K, 2 LOB, .000 OPS
      • Nothing to see here
    • Garrett Cleavinger, 1.0 IP, BS, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO
      • He looked better than his stat line lets on
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