As you listen to today's game in Goodyear against the Indians, here are two solid links for you to read:
On ESPN, Jerry Crasnick has a very thorough profile of Matt Kemp:
"You look at a guy who's 6-foot-4. He can run and he throws good, and he has power and he's hit for average," Mattingly said. "And he steals bags, too. You see all these pieces. But that 'potential' word is dangerous, because with guys like this, people will say whatever they do isn't good enough. I saw it with [Darryl Strawberry] in New York. It's tough for guys coming in with these kinds of labels."
The single most important X-factor that first-year manager Don Mattingly could use? A Matt Kemp revitalization, whose upside could be the difference between a third-place NL West team and a playoff contender.
The Dodgers should expect improvement from a year ago with new additions to the starting rotation. Still, a lot will have to go right for the offense if they want to offset the well below-average 7-8-9 hitting enough to hit well against NL pitching.
Chad Billingsley makes his spring debut today for the Dodgers, and will be followed on the bump by , , , , and .
Cleveland sendson the hill to start. Also scheduled to pitch for the Tribe are , , , , and .
If you happen to be in the Glendale, Arizona area on Thursday, and have appreciable baseball skill, you can tryout for the Dodgers in hopes of signing a minor league contract. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, and the tryout begins at 9 a.m.; just remember, the party is BYOU (bring your own uniform).
Game Time: 12:05 p.m. PST
No TV or radio (Cleveland broadcast can be heard via MLB Gameday)