Everything Goes the Dodger Way As Spring Training Ends

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On another picturesque night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers finished their spring training schedule with a 5-to-0 over the Los Angeles Angels.

What to say about Bobby Miller? On his twenty-third birthday, he simply dominated the Angels. While displaying pinpoint control, Miller had three Major-League quality pitches. Unless something goes desperately wrong, Miller will make his Major-League debut. The Dodgers have not had a young pitcher with such poise since Clayton Kershaw debuted in 2008.

Alex Vesia, Tommy Kahnle, Brusdar Graterol, Phil Bickford, and Craig Kimbrel pitched brilliantly. Most baseball-knowledgeable people think the Dodger bullpen will be a strength for the team.

During spring training, the Dodger offense has struggled, but Tuesday night it performed well. In the first inning, after Mookie Betts singled and Freddie Freeman walked, Trea Turner doubled in them. In the third, Freeman again walked and scored on Max Muncy’s double. In the seventh, after Cody Bellinger singled to center field, Chris Taylor, coming off offseason arthroscopic elbow surgery, blasted his first home run of the spring training.

After a disappointing spring training, many other pundits still think the Dodgers will become world champions. On paper, the Dodgers are an elite team but have a weak starting rotation. According to an old baseball adage, pitching wins championships. Although the Dodgers have a terrific bullpen, it cannot make up for a weak starting rotation. After Walker Buehler and Julio Urías, the Dodgers have question marks.

Will Clayton Kershaw remain healthy throughout the 162-game season?

Andrew Heaney must learn how to prevent home runs quickly, or the Dodgers must replace him quickly.

After glimpses of brilliance during his brief Major-League career, Tony Gonsolin must fulfill his potential in the fifth spot of the Dodger starting rotation.

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