The Dodgers open up their season with a three series in sunny and warm San Diego and I would like to introduce you the Dodgers’ starting pitchers for the three-game series. The dependable Clayton Kershaw will be starting in today’s game. He will be followed by new acquired Scott Kazmir tomorrow, and also, newly acquired Kenta Maeda on Tuesday.
Kershaw finished spring training 2 wins and 0 losses in six games. He allowed 23 hits in the 23 innings that he pitched. He allowed just 5 runs. He finished with 1.96 ERA. Yes, he looks ready for today’s game.
While I have no concerns about Kershaw in today’s game, I do worry about tomorrow’s starting pitcher, Scott Kazmir. Maybe that is because I had grown accustomed to having the other reliable pitcher Zach Greinke in the number two spot in the rotation. But alas, the Dodgers foolishly let him go to their Western Division rivals the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Don’t think of me as to being too hard on Kazmir and that maybe I should give a chance. But then I look at his performance during spring training, I think otherwise. In the 5 games that he started, he gave up 12 runs and 25 hits. He has an ERA of 5.51. His ERA alone makes you miss Greinke’s under 2.00 ERA one of the lowest in the league last year. His pitching velocity has dropped below 90. He has been clocked somewhere between 85 to 89. Can you imagine his fastball being clocked at 85? All this makes me a little weary having him pitch in the number two spot.
But in game three, I am very happy with newly acquired Kenta Maeda starting in the third game of the series. Maeda was acquired before spring Training. He formerly played in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball for the Hiroshima Yoyo Carp. He finished this spring with 1 win and 2 losses in six starts. He gave 18 hits and 9 runs with a 2.35 ERA. This is a lot better Kazmir’s final totals.
As I written above I have no problems with Kershaw and Maeda, but I am not comfortable with Kazmir starting. I just hope that Kazmir proves my concerns wrong.