After a rough series in Colorado, the Dodgers will head off to Minnesota for a two-game mini-series. They do face the issue of weather though, as rain is expected to be in the forecast for both days that they are up north. That could change their plans drastically depending on how things go.
But for the moment, the plan is for Andrew Heaney to start on Tuesday and Clayton Kershaw to start on Wednesday. Kershaw could potentially get bumped back again to start the home opener if the rain does end up pouring down over Target Field.
But that means that Dodgers fans will get their first look at Heaney as a starting pitcher in a meaningful game. That can be a little unnerving, given his performance during Spring Training. Heaney got roughed up for 10 earned runs across 2 appearances in the Cactus League. That came across just 5.1 innings of work.
The Dodgers signed Heaney to an $8.5 million deal this offseason just before the lockout. The hope was that they could find something in his pitch mix and get him to secure the back-end of the rotation. So far in Spring, that has yet to happen.
Last year, Heaney gave up a jaw-dropping 29 homeruns across 129.2 innings between the Angels and the Yankees. The longball has bitten him for most of his career, even with some good swing-and-miss stuff that he has. The Dodgers will look to him to cement the rotation, and a lot is riding on his success with so many question marks with their starters.
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