2009 Preview Los Angeles Dodgers
Good attitude earns praise from manager Joe Torre
March 2, 2009 Glendale, Arizona – profiles from baseballhistorian.com * Chicago Office
Defense is a staple of Joe Torre’s teams. Talking to the Los Angeles Dodgers manager one learns he considers himself fortunate to have secured players who execute on defense. And, pitching is defense… so here’s a short list of Dodgers’ blue 2009 pitching corps
Before 11,280 fans in the new spring ballpark that is shared by both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Arizona, the White Sox scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to defeat the Dodgers 3-2.
Hiroki Kuroda started yesterday’s game for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and yielded just one hit in two innings. Milton pitched the next two innings, gave up 1-hit, 0-runs, 1 walk, 2 Ks. Minor league pitcher Claudio Vargas came on board and allowed 2-hit, 1 K in 2 innings. Mota struck out 1 in the 7th inning, no hits. Ramon Troncoso, a 26-year-old reliever, walked 2 Sox batters in 1/3 of an inning, V. Garate struck out the only batter he faced. Strickland pitched next, and gave up a hit and a base on balls, then was pulled by Joe Torre. Reliever Call came in next and served up a homer to Gordon Beckman, propelling Chicago to a 3-2 lead. Call was the losing pitcher. Martinez struck out the only batter he faced to end the top of the 9th.
Hiroki Kuroda had a 9-10 record with a 3.73 ERA in 2008 after signed a $35.2 contract prior to 2008. Hiroki Kuroda was impressive during the early part of the season, then suffered a shoulder injury in June and missed three weeks. He struck out 116 and walked just 42 in 183.2 innings.
Chad Billingsley went 7-4 as a rookie in Dodger blue in 2006. He followed those stats with a 12-5 mark and a 3.31 ERA in 2007. In 2008 Chad Billingsley had a 16-10 record with a 3.14 ERA and in the postseason, stymied the Cubs in the NL Division Series. Against the World Champion Phillies in 2008 NLCS Chad Billingsley got bombed, an 18.00 ERA in 5 innings, spanning 2 games. During the off-season, he broke his leg and it isn’t certain if he’ll be ready by 2009 opening day.
Clayton Kershaw went 5-5 with a 4.26 earned run average per 9 innings as a 20-year old rookie in 2008. His 95-100 mph fastball excites Dodgers fans and is being counted on as LA’s 5th starter. Watching him throw his fast stuff, we don’t doubt his immense talent that may bloom with a couple of seasons of experience.
Jonathan Broxton, a right-hander, throws a high 90s fastball that breezes past would be hitters. His pitching arsenal includes an 85-90 mph hard-to-hit slider. A reliever, Jonathan Broxton is mighty tough on right-handed batters, yielded just a .208 lifetime batting average to opposing batters, in 3 seasons, 2006-08.
Ramon Troncoso, a right-hander, was 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 38 innings, issued 12 walks and struck out 38 for Los Angeles in 2008. A relief pitcher he had impressive stats while working his way up from A to AAA in the minors. Scouts rated 4-Stars of 5.
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