Walker Buehler Set for First Spring Start; Trevor Bauer and Kenley Jansen Impress

(Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have seemingly started 2021 Cactus League play where they left off last October, although it is only just the beginning of Spring Training. Dodger pitching has only allowed one run, and quite frankly, the farm system promises an exciting future for fans, as a handful of prospects are already starting to shine.

Walker Buehler is set to make his first Spring Training start Tuesday against the Giants. Buehler is likely to pitch around two innings, as both Mike Kickham and Trevor Bauer who pitched the past two games pitched only two innings.

After the starters exit, it is followed by pitchers usually pitching one inning. Monday, in a 10-0 Dodger win over the Rockies in just six innings, Trevor Bauer made his Dodger debut, pitching two scoreless innings. Kenley Jansen threw one inning as well, striking out two batters. Both pitchers looked quite impressive in their respective Cactus League debuts.

Other pitchers making appearances on Monday were Tony Gonsolin, Victor Gonzalez, and Blake Treinen who looked great as well. This particular crew is just a small sign of the tremendous depth the Dodger have.

The Dodgers offense exploded for 10 runs against their divisional foes. DJ Peters got the run-scoring party started with a two-run homer in the second inning. Also adding RBI were Andy Burns, Luke Raley, and Will Smith.

Gavin Lux also made his Spring Training debut, going 2-for-3 while adding one RBI. Lux started at second base as the Dodgers were without Chris Taylor. Skipper Dave Roberts mentioned Taylor woke up with a stiff neck.

The Dodgers are hopeful to get Taylor into action on Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Most presumptive regular-season starters have got into games so far, with Zach McKinstry and Peters being the only players to appear in both games.

In Tuesday’s contest, Buehler will face San Francisco’s Logan Webb. Webb in 2020 went 3-4 with a 5.47 ERA.

In eight starts last year, Buehler posted a 3.44 ERA over eight starts. Although he was bothered by blister problems for a good portion of the season, he still managed to be effective. Buehler also was highly effective in the postseason.

It will be fun to see Buehler take the mound since last October, even if it is only for two innings.

First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Pacific time.

4 thoughts on “Walker Buehler Set for First Spring Start; Trevor Bauer and Kenley Jansen Impress

  1. I saw today where they are giving DJ Peters some reps at first base. That would certainly help him improve his chances of sticking at some point this year. Diversity is the key to everything in Dodgerland and Doc is just looking for a reason to keep him on the roster. He loves DJ.

    I really don’t think they like playing CT3 in center and aren’t thrilled playing Pollock there either. So if we leave Bellinger and Mookie out of the equation, Peters is probably the best reserve center fielder we have, but that alone won’t give him a roster spot.

    Only one problem. His major fault is that he strikes out too much and he’ll never cure that by playing part time.

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  2. Peters is proving to be intriguing to say the least. It’s going to be fun to keep an eye on him, to see if he can play well enough to win a roster spot. I think Beatty has an edge, because of his left handed bat, but there is no way he can play center, you’re right again Jeff.😀

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  3. I know peters and McKinstry can’t play in every game, but those are the two guys I want to watch, I hope they get into the game a little later.

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    1. As they increase the innings they will get more chances. Peters has impressed me because he did not chase pitches he was chasing last spring. In his first start when he walked twice, both times were on pitches away that he was chasing before. With his power, if that kid really gets in, look out. Also he made an outstanding defensive play. Last night it was Outman’s turn, But he made several outstanding plays and helped keep the game scoreless. Even on the play where the run scored, he made a diving catch and drove in the tying run with a double. But they loaded the bases with 1 out, and the old bugaboo about not getting a clutch hit popped up as they left them loaded. Albeit it was all rookies playing at that point. Buehler allowed one hit and struck out one. May had a good first inning and a shaky second one. He lost his mechanics for a few pitches. I still think he needs a little more seasoning. I was impressed with Robertson, The ball explodes out of his hand. Vesia lost command for a little bit also and was down in the zone. Overall the bats were asleep. Pages made a laziness error that set up the Giants run.

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