Dodgers 6, Angels 2: Time to Stretch?

The Dodgers opened the 2009 home season in fine style, beating the Angels 6-2.  Randy Wolf was impressive, giving up only an unearned run in three innings.  While Wolf was impressive, is pitching three innings enough to get him ready for the regular season?  This goes for the entire staff, none of whom seems ready to pitch six innings just yet.  Here's how long each starter has pitched in his last spring start:

Pitcher Last outing
Kuroda 3.0 IP
Wolf 3.0 IP
Billingsley        65-pitch simulated game
Kershaw 4.0 IP
McDonald 4.1 IP

It sounds to me the bullpen will be used quite often for the first few weeks of the season, as the starters find a way to stretch their outings.  Should we be worried, or am I overreacting here?

A few highlights of tonight's game:

  • Casey Blake muscled a two-run home run to dead center in the 2nd inning, giving the club a lead they would never relinquish
  • Manny Ramirez scored from first base on a triple by Andre Ethier, "and lives to tell about it," writes Tony Jackson Ramona Shelburne of the Daily News.
  • Ramon Troncoso, battling with Tanyon Sturtze for essentially the final bullpen spot, pitched a scoreless inning.
  • Guillermo Mota also threw a scoreless inning, lowering his spring ERA to 2.25.  In twelve innings, Mota has four walks and 16 strikeouts.
  • The Brewers come to town tomorrow for a two-game set.  Chad Billingsley will oppose Yovani Gallardo for Friday's 7:10pm start.

MLB Florida and Arizona Spring Training - SB Nation

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