According to Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, it’s sounding more and more like we have an idea of what the starting rotation, at least the first three spots, will look like heading into the season. Clayton Kershaw, of course, is going to be the ace of the staff, but now we know a little bit more.
Kershaw threw live batting practice on Saturday, and then Scott Kazmir threw his session on Sunday. That basically puts the team with Kershaw starting Thursday’s Spring Training opener against the Chicago White Sox and Kazmir starting Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers. But what about Saturday?
From Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:
Roberts said "don't read too much into it" but Scott Kazmir is throwing live BP today, day after Kershaw. Did say Kenta Maeda will start Sat
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 28, 2016
So, there you have it. It sounds like Kenta Maeda will be starting Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. As far as Sunday is concerned, we still have no idea. However, at least we now know the top three spots in the rotation, in order, and that’s a pretty swell thing to know right now.
This will be the first time Maeda ever pitches for a Major League team against another Major League team, Spring Training or otherwise. This is a pretty special day when you consider all of that. Saturday’s game will be a 3:05 PM Eastern Time (12:05 PM Pacific Time) first pitch.
If you are one of the few fortunate people to have TWC SportsNet LA, then you will be able to watch the game at 12:00 on Saturday afternoon as the Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks for the first time this season. There is still no word on when a cable deal will fully be reached.
With this being Vin Scully’s last season, and the first season in which Kenta Maeda will be stateside, you’d like to believe that the two parties — Los Angeles Dodgers and cable companies — could come to at least some sort of agreement for now. Instead, a lot of people are still left in the dark.
Either way, Maeda will take the mound on Saturday afternoon, so try to carve out a way to watch it unfold.