Clayton Kershaw was sharp and a bit sloppy during his second spring outing yesterday afternoon. He struck out five Cub batters in three innings of work, but scattering five hits. Via Carrie Muskat at MLB.com:
"Physically I felt good, the fastball location wasn't great there, especially out of the stretch," Kershaw said. "I threw decent breaking balls, curve could have been better. Slider was good. Just gave up too many hits. All singles, which was good, but five in three innings is too many."Self criticism is his trademark, and it's the reason he's the best in the game. Of course, there's no need to worry about this outing. Spring is for working out the kinks and right now it looks like Clayton is well on his way to getting season-ready. Photo at the very top via @MLB on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- Drop everything and listen to this now. A Redditor aptly named r/bryanplayspiano transcribed, composed and plays a musical piece based on Tommy Lasorda's infamous Kurt Bevacqua rant. Listen to it here.
- Video: Corey Seager talks about his work in Arizona with the Dodgers, getting back into rhythm and more. (Link Here)
- DodgersGirl10 shares a recent TTM "Through The Mail" autograph she received, and it's a doozy. (Link Here)
- Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Segedin valuing opportunity with Dodgers."
"Just trying to take advantage of my opportunity, like all of us are trying to do, whether you're a non-roster or have a guaranteed spot," he said.
Segedin came to the Dodgers in a January trade with the Yankees for Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Olson, and he welcomed the new scenery.
"A new team values you more than your previous team," he said. "I'm ready. At 27, if I'm not ready by now, when will I be? I'm confident in my ability."
- Wow! Here is a GIF database every type of pitch thrown by each MLB pitcher. Check it out at the Pitcher List (Link Here).
- Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily shares some preview pics from Topps 2016 Triple Threads set; including the Jackie Robinson relic card on the right. Go here to check out more pics. This product is slated to be released on September 14th.
- Roberts downplays the starting role. Via Bill Plunkett at the OC Register, "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says to expect flexible lineups, even at leadoff hitter."
“We have all been conditioned for routines and consistency,” Roberts said. “But I think that as this game has evolved, we’ve all had to see things in a different way. I’ve had many conversations with the players. There will be some changes. I think that where you hit in the order in years past, in decades past – there is a lot to be said for that. But in this day and age, with the data that we have, sometimes change is good.
“I’m definitely not about reinventing the wheel. There is a lot to be said for consistency, without a doubt. But I also think as important as that is being willing to adapt.”
- Former Dodger Skip Schumaker is planning to retire, via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors.
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