Only nine days separate Spring Training from the regular season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the team will play their last split-squad game until next year. The Dodgers will play the rival San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The two teams played just two nights ago, a game in which offense was hard to come by for the Dodgers. However, Carlos Frias, who makes his first start of the spring, will look to change that. The right-hander has made three other appearances and has given up three runs in 4.2 innings.
Frias made his MLB debut last season with the Dodgers. He was a bit inconsistent throughout his time in the MLB, throwing shutout innings in some games, and in one particular game against the Colorado Rockies, giving up eight runs in just two-thirds of an inning.
Opposing Frias is right-hander Matt Cain, who underwent season-ending surgery on his elbow. However, the right-hander pitched against the Dodgers twice and was not able to get a win, as the Dodgers won 6-2 on Apr. 6, and 6-2 on May 10.
Justin Turner will play first base as Adrian Gonzalez will be playing in the other game against Texas. Andre Ethier will also be making another start in the outfield, just not in center. He will be taking over left field for Carl Crawford.
Ethier, who is still competing for a starting spot, was on a tear from Mar. 18-26, but went 0-for-4 in yesterdays game against the Angels. The outfielder’s slashline is impressive this spring, coming in at .304/.373/.457.
Crawford, who seems to be Ethier’s competition as Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig probably will be starting in center and right, has struggled at the plate this spring. Although he typically does not perform well in Spring Training, his slashline is .216/.256/.270, obviously much lower than Ethier’s.
While it seems that the battle for the last outfield spot is coming down to the wire, the Dodgers will have their hands full today, as the Giants are not playing a split squad game and seem to be fielding their best defense.
CF: Joc Pederson
1B: Justin Turner
RF: Yasiel Puig
C: Yasmani Grandal
LF: Andre Etheir
3B: Alex Guerrero
SS: Kike Hernandez
2B: Darwin Barney
P: Carlos Frias
RF: Norichika Aoki
2B: Joe Panik
CF: Angel Pagan
C: Buster Posey
1B: Brandon Belt
LF: Travis Ishikawa
SS: Brandon Crawford
3B: Matt Duffy
P: Matt Cain
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Justin Turner