Dodgers Come From Behind To Who Cares, Yasiel Puig is Exciting

What you’re probably going to hear about today’s 7-6 win over the Cubs: “Chad Billingsley got roughed up, allowing five hits — including a Nate Schierholtz homer — in two innings. Chris Capuano got hit even harder, allowing two homers in his two innings of work.”

What you really need to know: Sweet Jesus, does Yasiel Puig have a smooth swing. Here he is smacking a breaking pitch from Brian Schlitter to left in the seventh inning:

Schlitter’s not much of a pitcher and that’s not much of a pitch, so I’d like to offer the expected warning against getting overexcited about one plate appearance in one spring training game on the absurdly early date of February 25. Still, I’ve watched this on a loop maybe 100 times — what a really, really pretty swing, staying back on a hanger and taking what was given to him by shooting it into left.

Other takeaways from the first fully televised game of the spring…

– interesting day from Dee Gordon, who saw 17 pitches in his first at-bat before striking out and then walked twice, but still showed more of the defensive issues that we’d been worried about. Progress?

– pitchers giving up homers in their first outings of the spring means absolutely nothing to me, though I do like the idea that Capuano heard recent rumors linking him to Colorado and is doing whatever he can to ensure that doesn’t happen.

– again, I don’t want to get too excited over anything, good or bad, based on one game, but from what I saw of Alex Castellanos, he’s going to need some real work to be an acceptable option in center field. I’m just not sure he’s got the speed for it.

– very impressed by the hustle of Jeremy Moore, who ran hard to turn a single into a double with two outs in the seventh, putting himself in position to score the tying run on Matt Wallach‘s single. Moore was a decently thought-of prospect in the Angels system before missing last year entirely due to injury, and while the Dodgers are not short on outfielders, I’m intrigued to see what he can offer.

– brutal to watch Dontrelle Willis, attempting once again to revive his career with the Cubs, manage just seven pitches (including a walk) before leaving due to injury.

– Vin Scully is just the best. In the ninth inning, a new Dodger pitcher wearing #82 entered the game, over from the minor league side for the day. Vin: “we do not have any idea who this young man is.” It was Blake Johnson, but somehow Vin still made it sound wonderful. I’m guessing if Steve Lyons didn’t know who a player was, we’d be all over him. But that’s because Lyons is awful, and Vin is a god. Maybe not “the” god, but “a” god.

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EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

From Gurnick article

Baez impresses Koufax during bullpen session

 

GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- Pedro Baez, whose pitching resume consisted of one inning in an instructional league game, is already being talked about for an appearance in a Spring Training contest after an eye-opening bullpen session with guru Sandy Koufax on Monday.

Baez, who turns 25 next month, was signed for $200,000 out of the Dominican Republic, and was considered the organization's best third-base prospect. But with a .247 average in six Minor League seasons, he was given the Kenley Jansen treatment and sent to the mound, as Jansen was after failing to hit as a catcher.

Baez showed Koufax a natural delivery, a fastball in the mid-90s and a curveball more advanced than many of his fellow Minor Leaguers who have been at this pitching thing for years. Koufax told other staff members he'd like to see Baez in a game this spring.

Baez is expected to open the season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Jansen was switched to reliever in the middle of his fifth professional season at Class A. Jansen opened the next season at Class A -- was promoted after 11 games to Double-A -- and after 22 games there, he showed up in the Dodgers' bullpen, where he posted a 0.67 ERA in 25 games.

 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

No games on TV today? Lame.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Breakfast for dinner is the best when its literally.breakfast.time and its also your dinner time

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Has Hanley taken Manny's advice and stopped dancing in the batters box?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Holy crap. I just dodged a huge bullet. I very nearly spilled the entirety of my green smoothie on my cat that is sleeping in my lap. That could have been very very bad.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Last night I tried my best to get Matt Kemp voted as the face of the mlb.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I worry that too much running has resulted in a fracture in my foot.

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Anybody else think that along w/these stadium renovations that something should be done with that "dead space" between the bleachers? Im all for preserving the flags and maintaing the hitters eye, but surely something can be added to beautify it...

Kemps Shoe
Kemps Shoe

There should be a sign outside the Dodgers clubhouse "Shhhhhh, building chemistry"

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Mike Petriello ah Mikey

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I am excited at the prospect of Kenley 2.0. Also I am shocked at how fast he ran up the ladder to make it in the bigs to become an elite reliever 

Kemps Shoe
Kemps Shoe

 @EephusBlue Me too that was bullshit, the Reds had Votto trending before that shit even started and they got 2,500 retweets before noon

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Oohhh I shall fall asleep to Phils-Yanks

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @capnsparrow I dunno about your opinion Cap. I only trust the opinion of a 15 year old who thinks that Manny has the best swing he has seen in 30 years and believes that Puig is Uribe.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Mike Petriello I just imagine her bolting around the apartment smudging green goo everywhere. My girl would have killed me.

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Lol how bout (and ive already proposed this on here), some rolling green hills with hollyeood sign on it. Then when a doyer hits a hr, there is a big "earthquake" and the hollywood sign crumbles... hey ny can have that big apple... just sayin@Kemps Shoe :

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

IS HE GONNA HIT.99 ON DA GUN CUZ THATS WHAT MATTERS

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat @capnsparrow @EephusBlue Be gritty!

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

 @WBBsAs  @DavePomerantz  @Kemps Shoe  @Sangro Azul I was under the impression that the bleachers was in a Phase 2 timeline of construction.  As in next year at the earliest.  I've read that  Kasten wants to raise the grade, and connect the bleachers to the rest of the stadium,.  For concerts and special events don't they need the easy access of centerfield gates?  Not sure how other stadiums do it.

 

Waiting for the giant Sprite bottle behind the left field pavilions to block the Think Blue sign.