Home runs, nice to have. Generally very helpful when you're attempting to outscore the other team.
Which is not to say they won't get their share, just that they won't be leading baseball with their home-run total. Like they are this spring.
That's right, a team supposedly built around gritty at-bats and line drives leads every team this spring with 42 home runs, five more than the second-place Cubs. They're clobbering everything.
The Dodgers came up with two more homers Saturday afternoon in their 5-4 victory over the
Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Alex Guerrero crushed a solo shot in the third, both coming off Angels starter
Seventeen of their homers have been hit by young players not expected to make the 25-man roster, but 42 is still an impressive total. It's a big part of the reason the Dodgers are 14-7-6 this spring, baseball's best winning percentage.
The Dodgers finished with nine hits Saturday, including doubles from
On the pitching side, the Dodgers started
Huff, a non-roster invitee who had been pitching very well, did not help his cause Saturday. Despite surrendering only one run, he gave up six hits and a walk in just 3 1/3 innings.