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Hanley Ramirez, Zack Greinke shine in loss to Angels

ramirez_hanley ST 3.13.14

Hanley Ramirez, destroyer of baseballs. (By: Dustin Nosler)

If there’s anything to take away from the Dodgers’ 7-5 exhibition loss Thursday night to the Angels is that Hanley Ramirez and Zack Greinke appear to be ready for action.

Ramirez showed off his impressive power in the third inning by smacking a home run over the right field wall. He followed it up with one of the hardest balls I’ve ever seen him hit in the fifth inning. Seriously, it landed near the top of the left field pavilion. It traveled 465 feet. As long as he plays, oh, 135-plus games, he could very well walk away with the National League MVP.

Greinke displayed some good control (6 IP, 0 BB), consistent velocity and the ability to use and locate all his pitches in his final preseason tune-up for the 2014 season. Greinke will start Tuesday’s game in San Diego.

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Adrian Gonzalez left the game in the third inning after being hit by a pitch on his right elbow. He said he’s OK.

Sunday’s starter is still undetermined, but it could be Hyun-Jin Ryu if Friday’s bullpen session goes well. If it doesn’t, expect Dan Haren to get the call in the stateside opener against the Padres.

Stephen Fife will start Friday’s leg of the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


104 comments
efb
efb

do we get a new post today?

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

What do you think is a realistic contract to offer Hanley Ramirez, now that Miguel Cabrera is getting eleventy billion dollars?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Dick Rider was like my 7th favorite Nicholas Cage movie

efb
efb

Anyone else sick of the Malaysian Airline stuff? 

TheConman
TheConman

Im actually a bit surprised how close those bullpen overlooks are to the people in the bullpen. 

efb
efb

once upon a time, there was a board that had comments, it was called DD, now that place only exists in legend and fairy tales

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@efb Yeah, but it is going to be on the statistical analysis of tracking the Malaysian flight.

TooManyEllipses (Casual Fan)
TooManyEllipses (Casual Fan)

@Dustin Nosler  Serious question: Do we really have to worry about money anymore?  I mean, Stan et al are business men, and will want a return on their investment...but their movements since taking control imply that money is no object if player provides value...at this moment Hanley provides massive value

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

It's still about making sound financial decisions and not distorting the market. The Dodgers probably can't have a $260+ million payroll every year.

But it's nice to know the higher-ups have a plan, and they're executing it.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

I'd be OK with 5/150, if he makes it though the season relatively unscathed. Would go more AAV to keep it from being a 6- or 7-year deal.

TooManyEllipses (Casual Fan)
TooManyEllipses (Casual Fan)

@Dustin Nosler  Like your post yesterday...risk management is something all corporations do...make no mistake The Dodgers are a corporation...it would seem if the money is available, pay the man, the risk of him walking is too great

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Because, when healthy, he's probably the best hitter in the NL and second- or third-best in the game.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@Dustin Nosler  I don't see why he is getting 30 million? And I guess in your scenario the dodgers could get a AAV discount of 3-4 million for tacking on another year. So wouldn't you want hanley at 6 years 162 instead of 5 years 150? I would

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Why would he accept one more year and get paid the same amount of money?

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@TheConman  Yes I want Wilson to come in from the BP in a 1 run game against the giants and have Vin scully remark about the piece of cotton candy stuck in his beard

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

definitely seems like some low life will ruin this