We are now four weeks away from Opening Day, which this year will be Thursday, April 1. The Los Angeles Dodgers will start their quest to repeat as Champions against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
So far in this young Spring Training schedule the Dodgers have played four games, and have a record of 2-0-2. Every regular position player has seen some time so far, and the majority of pitchers have also seen some action.
This season has been seen as a make-or-break type season for Gavin Lux. The team and fans alike had hoped that he would contribute more to the team in the past two seasons, but that had not come to fruition.
However, coming into camp this season, second base is seen as Lux’s to lose. So far, Gavin has impressed. Manager Dave Roberts, who has said that mechanically, Lux is in “a considerably better place than he was at this year last time.” Roberts also stated that “I see him getting a good runway regularly. What that means I think there’s room for conversation. But him against a lefty, I don’t think we’re too concerned about that.”
Lux is 2-for-3 so far this spring in three plate appearances with an RBI. He seems to be attacking pitching and looks much more comfortable at the plate.
On the pitching side of things, Clayton Kershaw is the only regular starting pitcher yet to appear in a Cactus League game. He is slated to start in Friday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Kershaw threw a bullpen on Tuesday and could also perhaps just throw another bullpen on Friday. If in the game, he will throw for two innings.
Jimmy Nelson will start Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, followed at some point by Blake Treinen, Ryan Pepiot, Victor Gonzalez, Josiah Gray, and Edwin Uceta. Trevor Bauer will pitch again on Saturday.
Some young arms have impressed in camp so far. In Wednesday’s game, both Bobby Miller and Landon Knack showcased their stuff. Miller, the Dodgers’ number seven prospect, needed only six pitches to get though his inning. He was a little wild, hitting a batter, but got a ground-ball double play immediately to get himself out of trouble. Knack looked sharp to start, but ended up surrendering a two-run homer. Still, this is his first professional action after having been drafted by the Dodgers in 2020.
Zach McKinstry is still playing all over the field, and is starting again in tonight’s game. The Dodgers are definitely putting him into multiple scenarios to get him used to what his season probably will be.
Thursday’s lineup vs. Cubs:
James Outman is another who has impressed in camp. He made a fantastic diving catch in centerfield in Wednesday’s game and has looked pretty solid at the plate so far.
Once again the Dodgers have incredible depth, and it’s going to be fun watching these guys battle it out to see who will make the roster at the end of camp.