The Dodgers finished off their spring with a 6-4 win over the Angels on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, the ninth straight game without a tie. Though it wasn’t for lack of effort. The Halos scored three in the ninth and Max Stassi nearly tied the game with a two-run homer, but his 110-mph drive was a few feet short, settling for a double instead.
This game was almost tied thanks to Max Stassi pic.twitter.com/6fLvDkz0Z8— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) March 31, 2021
The Dodgers in spring training played 29 games in 31 days, finishing with a 13-11-5 record, their most ties since setting a club record with eight in 2015. The Dodgers scored 138 runs, 4.76 per game, and allowed 131 runs, 4.52 per game. They hit 35 home runs this spring, including eight in the last two games at Dodger Stadium.
Corey Seager led the team with eight home runs. the most by a Dodger in spring training dating back to at least 2004. He also led the team in plate appearances (59), total bases (43), hits (18), runs batted in (16), runs scored (14), slugging percentage (.827), and OPS (1.251).
Will Smith led in batting average (.372) and on-base percentage (.438), unless we lower the bar to seven plate appearances. Then it would go to Keibert Ruiz, who was 5-for-6 with two doubles and a walk this spring, hitting .833/.857/1.167.
Chris Taylor led in extra-base hits (10), including five homers and a team-leading five doubles.
Justin Turner led with 10 walks, and also hit one of two Dodgers triples this spring. The other was by James Outman.
DJ Peters led in games played (23) and strikeouts (19).
Ryan Noda and Luke Raley were each hit by two pitches this spring, sharing the high mark.
The Dodgers only stole four bases this spring — one each for Mookie Betts, Zach McKinstry, Sheldon Neuse, and Andy Burns.
Dustin May got the win on Tuesday, his third of the spring, matching Julio Urías, who won Monday, for the team lead. May also walked the most batters (7), but had a 2.37 ERA.
Trevor Bauer pitched the most Cactus League innings on the team (23⅔) and had the most strikeouts (28). Bauer also tied with Walker Buehler for the most home runs allowed (6)
Victor Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning on Tuesday and co-led the team with a 0.00 ERA in 9⅓, and also pitched in the most games (10). Jimmy Nelson also had a 0.00 ERA in eight innings, as did 2020 first-round draft pick Bobby Miller in 5⅓ innings.
Six Dodgers hit two batters this spring — Bauer, Blake Treinen, Scott Alexander, Miller, Garrett Cleavinger, and Ryan Pepiot.
Enny Romero led the Dodgers with two saves.
Now that the exhibition season is over, bring on some real baseball.
- The Dodgers will sell single-game tickets for April home games (except for opening day) beginning on Friday at 10 a.m. PT at the team’s website.
- In addition, the California Department of Public Health on Tuesday re-classified Los Angeles County from the red to the orange tier, meaning the Dodgers will be able to sell tickets up to a 33-percent capacity. Because of distancing guidelines, Dodger Stadium will sell somewhere between 13,000-14,000 tickets per game (roughly 25-percent capacity) for now, writes J.P. Hoornstra at the Orange County Register.
- The Dodgers roughly 37 starting pitchers and are appropriately rated very highly in the FanGraphs rotation rankings, checking in at No. 2, narrowly behind the rival Padres. This divisional race should be fun.
- Former Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez signed with Guadalajara of the Mexican League and hopes to play for Mexico in the Olympics, writes Bill Shaikin at the Los Angeles Times.
- “Broadcasters, traditionally part of a [minor league] team’s traveling party, will not be permitted to be part of the travel group in 2021 and will not be allowed to be in close physical proximity to any of the covered individuals. Those restrictions will also apply to other media members”, writes J.J. Cooper at Baseball America.