Chris Capuano succeeded where Ted Lilly & Aaron Harang could not, becoming the first of the three over-30 Dodger starters to look impressive in his spring training debut. Despite some early communication issues with catcher Tim Federowicz, Capuano managed to strike out three A’s over two scoreless innings. Capuano was followed by a stream of bullpen arms (Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal, Todd Coffey, John Grabow, Stephen Fife) who combined to go 5 1/3 hitless innings before Fife gave up a few hits in his second inning of work.
Really, the story in the early going continues to be Andre Ethier, who collected his third extra-base hit in three games, driving in two on a 4th inning double off lefty Sean Doolittle. If Ethier has somehow figured out a way to hit lefties, that would make for an enormous difference in how the lineup stacks up for the season. Personally, I’m holding off on that until we see him do it off of southpaws more dangerous than the corpse of Barry Zito and a converted first baseman who has faced exactly four professional hitters in his life – though I do still believe Ethier is in for a big season.
Other than Ethier, it was good to see Alex Castellanos leave the yard (against old friend Travis Schlichting, no less) and Adam Kennedy even pitched in with two hits. On the other hand, Juan Uribe grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on in the first, and bobbled a softly hit ground ball at third base. So there’s that.
Clayton Kershaw makes his spring debut tomorrow against the Rangers in Surprise, though unfortunately the game will be available on radio only; the Dodgers won’t be seen again on television until they are visited by the Cubs on Saturday.
It’s here what I have to level with you all; posting has been somewhat light lately because it’s really not all that fun to recap spring games that really don’t matter when there’s few jobs up for grabs and not a lot of highly touted rookies in camp to keep an eye on. Well, that’s part of it, because most of my blog time has been spent building the new site rather than writing and researching. Bear with me; good times are coming soon.