On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Allan and I are here to, essentially, wrap up Spring Training and get you ready for Opening Day … which is Thursday!
The Dodgers are going to be a bit shorthanded in the rotation, as both Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill will begin the season on the injured list. Ross Stripling and Julio Urias will benefit most. Urias’ time in the rotation is only temporary, though.
Hyun-Jin Ryu benefits in a different way. He has been named the Dodgers’ OD starter. That didn’t seem possible 12 months ago, but he had a great 2018 season and is pitching for long-term deal next offseason.
Enrique Hernandez has won the second base job. He’ll be the team’s primary player there, and he has earned it. He had a really strong 2018 season and could be on the verge of a big breakout in 2019.
The OD bullpen is almost set. There’s one spot remaining for two pitchers: Brock Stewart and Dennis Santana. While Santana is the more talented pitcher, it might make more sense to begin the season with Stewart. That way, Santana can continue to develop as a starter in Triple-A.
We close with an abbreviated Q&A session. We figure it’ll take a little time to get more of those, but we’ll get there.
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