Much has been made of the expected offensive production the Los Angeles Dodgers lost by trading Matt Kemp and losing Hanley Ramirez in free agency. However, when looking deeper into the Dodgers’ offseason additions, it’s evident plenty of runs should still be scored — though it may be in a different manner.
One of the new faces expected to shoulder a heavy offensive load this season is second baseman Howie Kendrick. He’s coming off a year in which he hit .293/.347/.397 with seven home runs and 75 RBIs. In the first inning of the Dodgers’ game with the Seattle Mariners, the revamped middle-of-the order was on full display.
Facing left-hander Roenis Elias, Adrian Gonzalez fell behind in the count before lacing a two-out single into right field. That brought Kendrick to the plate, who was in a 0-1 hole, then doubled down the third base line to score Gonzalez and give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.
The extra-base hit and RBI were Kendrick’s third of the spring in eight games played. It also came one day after Rollins hit an RBI double in the Dodgers’ win over the Cleveland Indians.