AlexanderGuerreroSlideTech

Beckett & Maholm return in style, Guerrero needs sliding practice

AlexanderGuerreroSlideTech

The Dodgers tied today’s Spring Training bout against the Padres, 3-3, but it’s the Cactus League, so who cares?

The main takeaway from today is that Josh Beckett certainly looked healthy in his quest to comeback from thoracic outlet syndrome. Beckett faced seven batters over his two-inning stint, and finished with three strikeouts and only one hit allowed. More than stats though, his mechanics looked smooth and repeatable, and he showed command of both his fastball and breaking balls. The Dodgers don’t need him to be his old self, but if he can stay healthy and return to form, Beckett could make for a great #5 starter.

Speaking of returns, Paul Maholm made his debut today after battling elbow problems early in camp. He threw two innings of one-hit ball, but if today was any indication, Beckett is in the lead for the final spot in the rotation.

Joc Pederson continues to look solid, despite whatever his numbers might be (probably good). While he’s shown that he can be busted inside due to a longer swing and he has some balance issues at times, he looks very comfortable at the plate (even against lefties), and has flashed both his power and arm. Future is indeed bright.

The other important ST battle is for second base. Dee Gordon is apparently the front-runner, and he showed off a hopefully improved skill set, tripling home a run after a long, quality at-bat. That’s especially important since Alexander Guerrero continues to be up and down. To me, Guerrero still looks a bit awkward and tentative, both at second base and at the plate. He’s getting better at-bats recently, but I would be lying if I said his average bat speed didn’t worry me a bit.

Most importantly, is somebody going to teach Guerrero to slide … or ???


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I mean, for my amusement, it’s best if they don’t. But for the sake of his groin, thighs, butt … entire lower body, it’s probably best if he learns at some point.

Finally, in injury news, Carl Crawford is still two or three days away from returning. Not worried about the supposed outfield crunch at all.


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Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Hoze  oh how i hope he will hit arbitration after continuing this production. free agency too. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Hoze while  simultaneously pujols and hamilton continue their current trends. 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@Disgruntled Goat @Hoze  I really hope that Mike Trout's health skill set is high, I really want to see what his career numbers look like when it's all said and done

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I'm worried that Jesse Spector might die, guys.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat @DBrim  He's a baseball writer in Arizona for spring training. He's been counting the number of times he's gone to In N Out since he's been there (Wednesday or Thursday). He's up to 9 times.

 Kyle
Kyle

Man, the Phillies are slimy.

 Kyle
Kyle

@Iron Brian @Catfistin  Ruining college guys' eligibility. Enforcing shitty rules that make no sense. Then later saying "Oh yeah, that was probably a bad move. Oops, oh well."

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@Mike Petriello  that just sucks. Maybin was once wll on his way to becoming a perennial all star. God I hope Matt Kemp gets well and isnt caught up in a similar injury trap

 Kyle
Kyle

@Iron Brian @Catfistin  The A's don't really have traditional bench guys, so much as platoons coming out their ears.