Sure, the game is still going on, but if Kevin Gregg is on the mound… well, is it really still going on?
This is what today’s game has given us just from the outfield perspective…
1) Alex Castellanos really, really wants to make this team. His homer in the seventh prompted this from Bill Shaikin:
Alex Castellanos: 3 HR this spring, more than entire projected starting lineup. #Dodgers
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 9, 2013
2) Yasiel Puig isn’t just big and powerful, he’s really, really fast. Here he is beating out an infield grounder, and it isn’t even close.
3) Carl Crawford isn’t the only injured Dodger outfielder worth being concerned about. Matt Kemp went 0-3 with two strikeouts today, leaving him oh-for-the-spring, not reaching in 10 plate appearances with four whiffs. Obviously, I’m not putting much emphasis — any, really — on that small of a sample when he’s coming off surgery, especially when we’re reading stories that he’s trying to get over the mental hurdle of accepting he’s healthy. So that’s fine, and there’s still weeks to go in the spring. Still, as we saw last year, Kemp is the man that makes this offense go, so his presence — productive an healthy — is a requirement.