Quality of Opposition (QoO) numbers per Baseball Reference
DODGERS PITCHERS (PROJECTIONS PER FanGraphs)
Walker Buehler (1st-3rd innings): MLB # 3 starter
David Price (4th-6th innings): MLB #5 starter
Andres Gimenez (SS): 0-3, 1 K – Not a great day at the plate for Gimenez, who appears extremely likely to be the Opening Day shortstop after Amed Rosario’s shift to the outfield.
Jake Bauers (1B): 0-1, 1 BB – Bauers’ role is unclear, but given Bradley’s power production in camp, it’s not likely to be starting first baseman.
RESERVES (none made a plate appearance because it rained in the freakin’ desert)
Gabriel Arias (2B)
Tyler Freeman (SS)
Ernie Clement (3B)
Harold Ramirez (LF)
Will Benson (RF)
Beau Taylor (C)
Sam Hentges: 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – It’s only one game, but this kind of an outing against five projected starters and one projected MLB backup (C Austin Barnes, who grounded into a double play to end the second) from the defending World Champions is impressive from a likely Triple-A hurler. For those wondering, the two strikeouts were both swinging and started an inning (A.J. Pollock in the first and Max Muncy in the second).
Anthony Gose: H (2), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Gose pitched the fourth and repeated Hentges’ first-inning feat of retiring Pollock, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner in order. In Anthony’s case, the strikeout victim was Seager. Again, it’s only one outing, but it continues a spring that has been nothing but positive for Gose, who has pitched a shutout frame in each of his last three outings against an increasing level of competition. The question regarding Gose’s professional pitching career no longer seems to be if he will be in the Progressive Field bullpen, it’s when.
Trevor Stephan: BS (1), 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 HR allowed – Stephan, who had dominated 5.7-average (better than Between Double-A and High-A, closer to the latter) hitters (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K in three games), struggled against a mix of major league and Triple-A Dodgers yesterday.
Kirk McCarty: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 HR allowed – Barnes’ solo homer in the sixth is the lone blemish on McCarty’s statline this spring (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R [earned], 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 7 batters faced – average QoO of 9.3, which probably didn’t change much yesterday).
Nice writeup. Gose and Hentges were impressive against ML hitters. Karinchak still struggling with his command. I was hoping for better in his fifth appearance.