While wondering if the
Who's the fifth starter?
Uh, they’ll have to get back to you on that one.
Beckett remained back in camp with the minor-leaguers when the team headed to Australia. Maholm is on the trip and will act as a reliever, unless something unexpected befalls starters
Fortunately the Dodgers won’t really need a fifth starter until the middle of April, so they can give Beckett more time to see if he can pitch his way into the rotation. Meanwhile,
Who's the second baseman?
Guerrero actually hit .300 in Arizona, but after not playing last year, there seems a consensus he could benefit from playing every day before making the jump to the majors. Gordon, of course, was once the starting shortstop and couldn't hold it, so he'll have plenty to prove.
Can they find a bench?
Well, sure, but that doesn’t mean it will be any good. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal said the consensus of evaluators in Arizona is the Dodgers have the weakest bench in the
The bench appears to be utilityman
The bench will get a huge boost when
Who will make up the bullpen?
This is the product of having a very deep bullpen, and qualifies as a good problem. Still, it not only wasn't cleared up this spring, it emerged more complicated.
The bullpen penciled out to be
That scenario already would leave out Paco Rodriguez and
Once back to the United States and with Beckett presumably going on the disabled list, they can carry at least one extra reliever. Meanwhile, League and Wright better start performing.
Will Matt Kemp be ready to start the season?
Nope. At least not in the first two games.