Monday, March 16, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 3/16/2015 - Dodger Links - Kershaw, Grandal and Tsao

Ever the perfectionist, Clayton Kershaw was unhappy with his spring outing yesterday afternoon.  In 3 1/3 innings of work he allowed just one run, but walked three and gave up four hits.  Per Ken Gurnick at
"I was all over the place, had no idea where the ball was going," Kershaw said. "I'm getting worse as the spring is going. I walked three in three innings. I have a lot of things to figure out. I would have liked to get through four innings, but my pitch count was so high I couldn't do it."
I wouldn't be too concerned about his recent outings this March.  Spring training is for working out the kinks and Kershaw appears determined to do just that.  Given his history and his desire to be the best pitcher in the league, I find his words encouraging.  The photo above was taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015Go here to check out more photos from Jon from yesterday.

Below are some more links to check out:
  • I don't think their unfamiliarity with each other is an issue.  Certainly, there's an learning curve they both have to go through, but I doubt it played a part in yesterday's game.  Via Kevin Baxter at the LA Times, "Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Yasmani Grandal may not be on same page yet."
  • Via Richard Justice at, "Dodgers' new middle men bring proven poise."  On Kendrick and Rollins:
"I think they bring a ton to the table for us," Mattingly said. "They create stability up the middle. Both those guys come from good organizations with winning traditions, and still can play and are leaders. Also, two guys who are still playing really well."
"His stuff is good," said Mattingly. "I kind of left him in there for a shot at Cano and those guys. He's been interesting to watch."

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