Dodgers in Arizona for Battle of the Andersons

Coming off a better than anticipated start to the season, thanks to Adrian Gonzalez and his record-shattering start, the Dodgers now begin a three game series in Arizona against the dirtiest team in baseball, and their new leader in orchestrated mayhem, manager Chip Hale. The Dodgers’ empty uniform non-manager don mattingly went out of his way to gloss over the events of their last pre-season meeting in which several Dodgers were again hit by pitches from Arizona hurlers, and in which Hale and three others in D’Backs’ uniforms were ejected. The bottom line is, however, that the D’Backs are terrible, and Hale, working under the team’s new leadership team of Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart,

is following in the footsteps of the prior leadership, including former manager Kirk Gibson, with a strategy of distraction. The talentless team they field is itself an embarrassment, but their antics, dangerous and potentially deadly, are far worse, and apparently any hope of a change in direction, let alone a change in ethics or morality, was a pipe dream.

Bleacher Report featured columnist Joel Reuter
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has provided odds and a percentage likelihood of each major league’s teams chances of making it into the post season, and near the very bottom of the list are the Diamondbacks, who he shows as being 250-to-1 shots with a likelihood of 0.4% of making it into the playoffs. These numbers tie them with Colorado, and are slightly better than the Phillies. No American League team is rated anywhere nearly that awful.

Arizona did win one of their opening three-game set against the Giants, thanks in great part to third baseman Jake Lamb, who drove in four runs in the 7-6 victory. Why Lamb is even there is a major story with the D’Backs, who have apparently thrown away the tidy sum of $68.5 million they have guaranteed to Cuban signee Yasmany Tomas, who apparently thoroughly demonstrated his inability to play anything resembling major league caliber defense at third base (or anywhere else on the diamond) during a horrendous spring training and who has been dispatched to the minor to try to figure out how to catch a fly ball.

The Dodgers and Brett Anderson this evening face Chase Anderson, who earned a rotation spot with some decent efforts during midseason of 2014, though the Dodgers’ did handle him fairly well last year. For Brett, he’ll be making his Dodgers’ debut, and with a win tonight can equal the win total he compiled in each of the last two seasons, and equal 50% of the wins he’s put up over the last three seasons. But, like Arizona, the Dodgers needed


to spend their money of other Cuban imports who can't play in the majors, rather than signing a healthy, established major league pitcher or two.

On that note, after throwing away more and $100 Million on Alex Guerrero, Erisbel Arruebarrena and Hector Olivera, this morning CBS Sports has reported that the Dodgers are now interested in yet another high-priced and untried Cuban ballplayer, pitcher Yadier
Alvarez. The Dodgers hit it big with the signing of Yasiel Puig and since they think that every highly touted Cuban player is a sure thing to star in the majors. When will the reality of such nonsense set in?

The Dodgers did acquire an experienced relief pitcher on yesterday’s off day, righty Ryan Webb, who did a decent job last season in Baltimore (3-3, 3.83 ERA in 51 appearances). Webb spent three seasons with the Marlins after having done a pretty job in the Padres bullpen back in 2009 and 2010. The 6′ 6″ 29-year-old righty has never had a major league save over his 317 relief appearances, but he might get an opportunity with the woeful Dodgers’ bullpen.

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