2015 Opening Day Lineups with Predictions for the Season

With Spring Training drawing to a close and Opening Day now under just a week to go, it is time to preview who Donnie Baseball and his crew will send out onto the Dodger Stadium turf to face the Padres and Matt Kemp on April 6.

A number of prospects have impressed during spring, both pitching and batting wise but there shouldn’t be much change to the lineups that were there last year, minus of course the players they’ve lost to other teams.

Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw. How could it not be the reigning NL MVP and twice in a row Cy Young winner, going for another season with a sub 2 ERA and possibly some more trophies to stick on the mantle piece, Clayton has been a key aspect in the Dodgers making the post season these last few years. Although he hasn’t exactly been Clayton Kershaw in them at all he has shown during the regular season he is ready to be one of the al time greats from the mound. Continue reading

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Guerrero’s At Bat Against the A’s

Alex Guerrero has already caused some spark and controversy among the Dodgers ranks as he has said, with no option years left and that it would be up to him if he goes down to AAA where he hit .329 in 65 games, with 80 hits and 15 home runs. He has already said no, he would stay in the majors regardless of what the club wants from him.

Perhaps he doesn’t have to though; already this year is Spring Training Guerrero has been on fire, second best on the club for averages and equal most hits with Scott Schebler, who will be in the minors this year barring some amazing circumstances.

There was one at bat today I would like to highlight in Guerrero’s progress. As there is no doubt he is age ready, being 29 years old, he has been around a baseball field for some time. Last year however in my mind there was doubt surrounding his pitch selection of what he is hitting or looking for was strong but today that changed. In 13 at bats last year he struck out 6 times and only managed one hit in the majors, a terrible record for anyone, this was all down to pitch selection.

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Why Julio Urias is not Ready for LA

Julio Urias, on a non roster invite to the Dodgers’ Spring Training camp for 2015, faced 4 batters in a live batting practice session today, and he dominated. Striking out potential center field starter on Joc Pederson on three pitches, did the same to Alex Guerrero and then sat down Chris Heisey too.

When he threw a fastball, I couldn’t see it,” Guerrero said in an interview after his at bat. “The movement was distinct. He threw me two high fastballs, but I couldn’t see them. I swung for the sake of swinging, but I couldn’t see them.

The thing that got the eyes of such greats as Sandy Koufax and Rick Honeycutt was his offspeed, “His fastball is pretty good, and he offsets that with his changeup,” Heisey said. “The changeup I saw was really good, especially if he can learn to pitch it with that upper-90s fastball. Then that changeup away to righties will be devastating.”

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