Hi, my name is Houston Mitchell, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. I went to see the movie "Logan" the other day. Please don't make the same mistake I did: It has nothing to do with new Dodger Logan Forsythe.
Spring training numbers
It has been an uneventful exhibition season for the Dodgers. Most of the roster spots are locked in, with a handful of batters vying for the final slots. Let's take a look at how those players are doing:
Charlie Culberson: 9 for 34 with two doubles and a triple
Enrique Hernandez: 5 for 19 with a double
Chris Taylor: 13 for 25 with two doubles and a triple
Rob Segedin: 6 for 13 with two doubles and a homer
Brett Eibner: 10 for 34 with four doubles, a triple and a homer
Andrew Toles: 7 for 25 with a double and a triple
Scott Van Slyke: 7 for 26
Franklin Gutierrez: 4 for 31 with a double and a homer
Of course, it is just spring training.
As far as starting pitchers go, let's look at the men trying to land the fourth and fifth spots (assuming the Dodgers send Julio Urias to extended spring training to conserve his innings).
Brandon McCarthy: 5.19 ERA
Alex Wood: 3.86 ERA
Ross Stripling: 6.00 ERA
Scott Kazmir: 3.38 ERA
Hyun-jin Ryu: 1.80 ERA
Again, though, it's just spring training. Kenley Jansen has a 10.12 ERA, and he's not going anywhere.
For the bullpen, there are about 12 million guys trying to land a spot there, so we'll have to see how the next two weeks play out.
The Dodgers have four prospects on Baseball America’s Top 100 list. They are: Cody Bellinger (No. 7), Yadier Alvarez (No. 26),Alex Verdugo (No. 58) and Willie Calhoun (No. 92).
Dodgers on KTLA
Here are the 10 games that will be televised on KTLA (Channel 5) this season:
April 5, 6:30 p.m., vs. San Diego Padres
April 9, noon, at Colorado Rockies
April 12, 5 p.m., at Chicago Cubs
April 16, 1 p.m., vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
April 18, 6:30 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies
April 19, 7 p.m., vs. Colorado Rockies
April 23, 1 p.m., at Arizona Diamondbacks
April 30, 1 p.m., Philadelphia Phillies
May 3, 6 p.m., vs. San Francisco Giants
May 7, 1 p.m., at San Diego Padres
In case you missed it
In the next newsletter, we will begin a multipart series comparing the Dodgers, position-by-position, to the other teams in the NL West.
Ask Ross Porter
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