Last time these two teams faced off, runs were not exactly sparse. The Angels and Dodgers combined to score 26 runs on 36 hits, but no winner was a produced.
The Dodgers are especially hopeful they won’t see a repeat of that game, as it might mean their top pitching prospect, Julio Urias, got bumped around in his Spring Training Debut. More on that later.
For now, let’s take a look at today’s lineup, as always, via the Dodgers’ official Twitter account.
Today’s Dodger lineup vs. Angels:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 11, 2016
Joc Pederson starts us off today, hoping to build on the momentum from his last game against the Angels. He started that game with a homer off Jered Weaver (who might throw as hard as you and me). He’ll be in centerfield.
Corey Seager follows Pederson in the batting order, playing shortstop. Seager was also struggling heading into that Angels game, so it was nice to see Weaver’s meatballs work wonders for two guys (Pederson and Seager) who the Dodgers will be leaning heavily on throughout this season.
Yasiel Puig bats third and plays right this afternoon. He’s quietly put together a nice spring thus far, which is somewhat miraculous, as he rarely does anything quietly.
Adrian Gonzalez will bat cleanup and man first today, both as per usual. Gonzalez has been somewhat outshone by his heir apparent, Cody Bellinger, but this isn’t to say Gonzalez hasn’t been good. Bellinger has just been that impressive.
Austin Barnes will protect Gonzalez in the batting order and play catcher. It’s somewhat surprising the Dodgers opted for a younger catcher considering Urias is on the mount (a veteran could help Urias through the experience), but instead opted for a younger catcher who’s caught Urias before.
Rob Segedin will play third today as Alex Guerrero remains out. Segedin has been making fantastic contact consistently this spring, so let’s hope to see more of that.
Shawn Zarraga will bat seventh from the DH spot. He’s also had a couple moments in spring ball, to follow suit with many of the Dodgers’ younger players.
Corey Brown rounds out the outfield, playing left and batting eighth. Off the top of my head, we haven’t seen very much of what figures to be the starting lineup for Opening Day, if we’ve seen it at all. The wait continues.
Micah Johnson will bat ninth and play second base today. He is the only Dodgers to have played all nine innings of a game, as they give him ample opportunity to cut out a role for himself moving forward this season.
Zach Lee will make his second start, as it was reported yesterday. He’ll be followed by the aforementioned Urias, who is generating plenty of buzz for the incoming sellout crowd.
The weather will ne noticeably warmer, with highs reaching the near-90s. Should be a fun game to take in, either here in Arizona, or at home where the game will be televised on the Angels’ FS West.