On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I recap the first week of the season. It started off so well, too.
The offense was surprisingly good against both the Padres and Giants. That’s encouraging for the rest of the season. The pitching was much better in San Diego than it was in San Francisco. Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda were all great against the Padres.
The Dodgers acquired two depth pieces in outfielder James Ramsey and utility man Zach Walters from Cleveland for cash considerations. Ramsey has the pedigree as the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft (five picks behind Corey Seager), while Walters hit 10 home runs in the majors in 2014 (but not much else). They’re both on the 40-man roster, so they might see some time in Los Angeles (if they aren’t designated for assignment before the opportunity arises).
Yasiel Puig is off to a scorching start, and it’s probably the most encouraging thing from opening week.
The minor-league season also got started, and some Dodger pitching prospects looked good (Zach Lee, Jharel Cotton, Chase De Jong, Grant Holmes), while the hitters left something to be desired. Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal have been rehabbing at High-A and Triple-A, respectively. They should be back early this week. Carl Crawford went on the disabled list and Micah Johnson took his spot on the roster.
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