The Dodgers have stumbled along lately, but their first baseman is finding his groove.
Adrian Gonzalez went 4 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI in the Dodgers win over the Angels last night. Over his last three games, he’s gone 9 for 11 with three walks, two homers, three doubles, seven RBI and six runs scored. On the season he’s up to .337/.395/.515 with six homers.
Probably worth noting that Carl Crawford is hitting .308/.369/.467 as well. And heck, Nick Punto is hitting .327/.413/.404 and has been a godsend given all of the Dodgers’ infield injuries.
So while a lot of people want to talk about the Dodgers’ struggles being a function of “high priced talent not gelling” or one not being able to “throw a bunch of All-Stars together” or however I’ve heard that concept put on multiple occasions recently, two of the three big pieces from that trade with the Red Sox last year, and the one little piece, are doing quite nicely, thank you. It’s almost as if the Dodgers’ problems are mostly a function of the complementary pieces and the guys who were there before.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.