pederson_2014-02-26-bats

It’s Fun To Watch Joc Pederson

pederson_2014-02-26-bats

Today in Arizona, Joc Pederson did the second-best thing to taking a five-iron to Matt Kemp‘s ankle in terms of trying to make the team: he took Chicago’s Jake Petricka deep down the left field line ifor a home run in the seventh inning. Petricka’s not exactly Chris Sale or anything, but he is a noted groundballer who had allowed only 14 homers in 352.2 minor league innings, so taking him deep is an accomplishment.

Pederson is still not very likely to make the Opening Day roster, but he’s not doing anything to diminish his prospect status… or his trade value. Either way, we’ve heard so much about him over the last four years since the Dodgers took him in the 11th round of the 2010 draft that it’s fun to see him live and in person — or on television, whatever — and doing the things we’ve all heard he’s capable of. I’m still not sure we’ll ever see him as a Dodger in the big leagues. For right now, I’m enjoying what I can get.

That Pederson’s dinger accounted for the initial runs in a 5-0 win — Dee Gordon later scored in the eigthth (after stealing second) on a Mike Baxter hit, then Baxter scored on a Brendan Harris sac fly, then Baxter came in on a Clint Robinson dinger — means little, though the zero on the Chicago scoreboard means that the Dodgers pitched very well against what was more or less the White Sox’ regular lineup. Hyun-jin Ryu and relievers Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright, and Matt Magill blew through the Chicago offense with relative ease, and while it’s of course only Feb. 28, that deep, strong bullpen has a chance to be an enormous strength for the Dodgers this year. Also potentially a strength: Wright giving interviews, based on how he insisted to SNLA’s Alanna Rizzo that he was “feeling terrible,” with more than a little smirk.

Also good: Alex Guerrero looked strong on defense, though he was 0-2 at the plate, fielding a few grounders and seamlessly turning a 6-4-3 DP.

In other news, pitching prospect Ross Stripling is awaiting the results of his MRI. He’s already dropped the term “UCL”. He is, I am sad to say, just about certainly going to hear bad news. As always, pitching through arm pain never ever goes wrong.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


262 comments
KMT59
KMT59

Here's a water vapor shot

KMT59
KMT59

don't think they will be any games today

The Monocle
The Monocle

What's up bros? Drove up to Mammoth last night. About to hit the pow.

KMT59
KMT59

Thunderstorm's wake up my son and now he want's to watch TV...doesn't realize the rain stops the satellite signal and we watch something recorded

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

Protip: Do not google image search the term "anal fissure"

wilhud
wilhud

So what's everybody doing with with SportsNetLA situation? I'm in a contract with AT&T U-Verse. Tried calling TWC to see what it'd cost for the most basic package with SportsNetLA and they said it's $50/mo. Seems people are watching games on MLB.tv but I'm guessing that's only for Spring Training till they get blacked out. I'm gonna have to get an MLB.tv account just to start watching some games for the time being.

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

this conversation is waaaaay above my skill set.

Lobo
Lobo

Hey Drank, nevermind, clearing my cookies fixed it.  I didn't realize that it logged me out when I refreshed

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Lobo TPP is at the elite four

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

McGwire explains it this way: A right-handed hitter drives with his left arm -- his lead arm – and steers with his right. When Kemp was at his best, he had been able to lift and drive the ball to right-center field. But last year, Kemp still seemed to be recovering from the shoulder surgery he had in the fall of 2012, and McGwire never really saw that classic Kemp finish. Rather, his front arm was noticeably lower in his follow-through, and, instead of lifting the ball, he tended to hit looping liners without much carry, a lingering sign that his repaired shoulder was not yet operating at 100 percent. 


On Friday morning, before the Dodgers’ exhibition against the White Sox, McGwire saw that old swing again.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

The ambiguity of this tweet is impressive

KMT59
KMT59

@BlueMarvin  Thought they did the MRI yesterday...doubt he does anything today

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Now, if only his ankle would cooperate.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@SpaceDodger (Math Cat) @LA_Woman@Lobo He "couldn't wait" to see The Wind Rises and didn't like that I could see it (in LA) a week before him. So he finally got to see it tonight (was all excited about buying tickets). But... no report back...

The Monocle
The Monocle

Yeah but then you have to pay at least $11 per month for the box rental, more if you want a DVR, more if you want more than one room, etc........ I got quoted $150 or something like that for three rooms and whole house dvr. Ridic....

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim @Lobo @SpaceDodger (Math Cat) Yeah, Gary was a perfect final fight for Pokemon Red and Blue.  Only Red from Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal comes close.  He was INSANE

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Lobo @DBrim  It took them about an hour but they got Zapdos up front for the first battle (water type). They keep switching him out between pokemon though and kill off all of the other ones.

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim @Lobo  It's possible.  I think they'll get through it sooner rather than later though

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Lobo @DBrim  I imagine they'll get stuck there for a few days while the pokemon slowly gain levels before dying.