GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On a rainy morning at Camelback Ranch, on photo day no less with players wrangled to and from various spots to capture snapshots of them in uniform, we are inching closer to the actual games starting.
That won't come until Wednesday, but with position players now working out too, that means pitchers throwing live batting practice. Weather permitting today, Clayton Kershaw will throw two simulated innings of live batting practice a bit later, with Yasmani Grandal catching and Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Darwin Barney at the plate.
Maybe the rain coming down drops at a time won't be as dangerous as a swimming pool full of water was for old friend Ronald Belisario, whose left arm is in a sling in Rays camp with a fractured shoulder.
But as we get closer to spring training games — there are 35 of them this year — it is important to not get hung up on actual spring records. The games are exhibitions, after all, and especially early in camp the regulars are all out of the game by the fifth inning.
The Dodgers actually haven't had a winning spring record since moving to Arizona in 2009. They were .500 once during that span, in 2012, but the list winning spring came in 2007 (17-16-1). The Dodgers have averaged 88 wins per year in the last seven regular seasons.
|Year||Spring record||Regular season|
|2008||11-18-4 (.394)||84-78 (.519)|
|2009||15-22-0 (.405)||95-67 (.586)|
|2010||11-17-2 (.400)||80-82 (.494)|
|2011||14-21-1 (.403)||82-79 (.509)|
|2012||15-15-4 (.500)||86-76 (.531)|
|2013||13-20-3 (.403)||92-70 (.568)|
|2014||7-12-5 (.396)||94-68 (.580)|
|Totals||86-125-19 (.415)||613-520 (.541)|
The games are still fun to watch, and exist for players to get ready for the season, but if any one tells you the Dodgers' 2015 season will turn out a certain way based on their spring training record, don't believe it.
Unless we are talking about ties. Those are really fun.