April 2nd, 2012
And let the Series begin!!! Dodgers vs Angels kick off the Freeway series after coming back from Spring training games in Arizona….Ok so this is an exhibition series between the two but Finally some Baseball in Southern California. Last time the Dodgers and Angels met was in Spring Training as the two faced off two times. Once was a 9-1 Hand handling Dodgers Victory while the second time was a 1-1 Draw that was called due to weather. After a Off-Season filled of storylines between the two. Major Signings of Albert Puljos and CJ Wilson by the Angels and A new Owner in Magic Johnson and his group for the Dodgers. This is the first Series of the two teams to give a taste of what the MLB season will be like. The series start off in Anaheim tonight then the next two on Tuesday and Wed will be played in the friendly confinds of Dodgers Stadium.
Only 9 innings will be played in the 3 game series so If the score is 2-2 after 9 then it’ll be a tie. I know the ultimate sister kisser. There was a quote Angels outfielder said after the new purchase of the Dodgers by Magic’s group “It’s whats done on the field that will show who will show thats clearly better” The Dodgers got the Angels 9-1 then tied the next time. Even though this is an exhibiton you can expect it to be some energy between the two teams and fan bases. Final tune up before the Start of the Season will be very very exciting to see. Also expect to see some Minor Leaguers get in on some of the Action of the Freeway series. Dodgers vs Angels!! Let the Freeway Series Begin!!!!
Dodgers (Wright 0-1) @ Angels (Haren 2-0) 7:05 FSN West (Angels Broadcast) 570 AM Fox Sports Radio (Dodgers Broadcast)
Angels (Santana 1-0) @ Dodgers (Harang 1-1) 7:10 KCAL 9 (Dodgers Broadcast)
Angels (CJ Wilson 2-0) @ Dodgers (Eovaldi 1-1) FSN West
As Spring Training comes to a close and Opening Day approaches It’s time that we take a look into the Dodgers Spring Training. Filled with some good play, bad play, Bad weather, Hot weather, Ties, magical ownerships The Dodgers wrapping up Spring Training in Arizona before heading to Anaheim to play the Angels in the Freeway Series. The Dodgers went on to have a 14-13 Record in Spring Training with a few ties. Watching the games that we’re televised on TV I would have to say there were somethings that have impressed me and some that didn’t impress me but all in all Spring Training have given us a taste of whats to come. Lets go ahead and Recap Spring Training in Arizona.
Who Impressed-There were a few Players this Spring that really impressed me. One who stood out the most was Andre Ethier and Dee Gordon. Ethier who is coming off Knee Surgery and a not so good 2011 Season managed to Play this spring with many questions that appears to be answered for right now. Ethier played like the Ethier that we all know and is showing the potential for a monster season. Dee Gordon exploded into the Major League scene with his amazing speed but his issue has been hitting at the Major League Level. During Spring Training Leading off Dee has been able to hit into the Gaps and Successful bunting by taking advantage of his speed. Stealing Bases as well has been a huge success this spring as well. Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp have also showed how they can look to improve on their Monster Season from 2011. Any worry so far of them disapointing have not shown so far. Juan Rivera, Nathian Eovaldi, and Kenley Jansen have also pitched in with stellar showings as well which give Dodger fans something to look forward too.
Who Disapointed- While some impressed there have been a few that really disapointed me this Spring Training. Juan Uribe who had a disapointing 2011 Season had a lot to prove to people. During the Spring Uribe really have not shown that things will get better for the season. Uribe who is on the Opening Day Line up will have to produce this season. Another set of players that have disapointed me have been Chad Billingsley and Ted Lily. Billingsley who has been in the All-Star game a very good pitcher has found himself imploading in the middle of games giving up runs and beat up by batters. During the Spring it seemed like we were getting a repeat of the 2011 Season as Billingsley went through his mid game breakdowns that would hurt the team. Ted Lily also had issues with pitching last season giving up multipul home runs in games which really put the Dodgers in a bad position as well. In the Spring Ted Lily had also had the same isssue as well as getting bases stolen off of him. Lily is starting the Season on the DL due to Neck stiffness issues which sidelined him for the rest of Spring training.
One Year under Mattingley’s Belt- Last Season Don Mattingley did a pretty good job managing the team dispite off the field issues with the Franchise ownership. Keeping the teams focus on the field play good ball has been one heck of an effort by Mattingley. This season he will look to apply somethings that he learned from last season and apply it to become even better. The potential is really briht for Mattingley to become a very Good Manager. The players respect and play hard for him and the Fans love him.
Big heart Factor- I can’t count how many times this team has been down late in games and stormed back to either take the lead or tie the game. The Dodgers have showed that other teams that games aren’t over until the final out and have stormed back a few times thanks to late game heroics. This team can fight and weather they apply it to the Season. If so then they can really be something when down in games.
Storyline of Spring Training- One way or another The Dodgers Ownership situation would dominate the headlines and most of the time it wasn’t positive. This Time It was Magical. April 27th would be a day where the Los Angeles Dodgers would open another new chapter in Dodger Baseball. Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Mark Wither and co Were approved by MLB and Former Owner Frank McCourt as they bought the Dodgers for 2.15 Billion. The new Ownership group was a sign and start of whats to be a Bright future for Dodger Baseball and the City of Los Angeles as they look to restore the luster back into one of Baseballs most historic franchises. This is something all Dodger fans can really low towards as this is the start of a brand new and Magical Era in Not only Dodgers baseball but MLB it’s self.