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.