Following a rough weekend where the Los Angeles Dodgers went 1-2-1 in their four games, they’ll next face the Oakland Athletics at Camelback Ranch on Monday afternoon. The Dodgers and A’s met on March 3, which resulted in an A’s 7-3 win.
Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his third Spring Training start and first since manager Don Mattingly named him and Clayton Kershaw the starters for the Opening Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ryu threw two innings in his previous starts, but like Kershaw yesterday, will throw about 75 pitches. He’ll be followed by Brian Wilson, Brandon League, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen in the bullpen.
As for the battle at second base, Dee Gordon gets the nod again to start on Monday. Gordon started in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants and continued to make a case to be the starter come March 22. Gordon is hitting a pedestrian .208 at the plate and has a .296 on-base percentage, but he’s a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts and has flashed a reliable glove. Barring any setbacks, he figures to at least be one half of the platoon at second base, if that’s the direction Mattingly chooses to head in.
Taking the mound for the A’s will be right-hander Jarrod Parker, who’s also making his third start this spring. Parker is in his third season with the A’s and is coming off a 12-8 record in 2013. Looking to rebound from a season where he had a drop off in key statistics, the 25-year-old has had mixed results through two starts. The Giants roughed up Parker to the tune of six runs in just 1 1/3 innings. However, Parker then pitched well against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 10, allowing just one run on two hits in 3.1 innings.
Of the Dodgers who have faced Parker in the last five years, Gordon and Matt Kemp are each hitting .333 off him. Though he’s reportedly close to returning, Kemp won’t be in Monday’s lineup, thus leaving Gordon as the only Dodger who has had relative success against Parker.
With the left-handed Ryu on the mound, the A’s lineup consists of predominantly right-handed and switch hitters. Sam Fuld is the only true left-handed batter in the starting lineup. This spring, left-handed batters are hitting .200 off Ryu, compared to .278 for right-handed hitters. Former Dodger and switch hitter, Nick Punto, went 1-for-3 with two RBI in the team’s first meeting.
Reserves for the Dodgers include Miguel Olivo, Drew Butera, JC Boscan, Alex Guerrero, Justin Turner, Brendan Harris, Miguel Rojas and Clint Robinson.
Monday’s game is a 1:05 start and will be available on Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA. Unfortunately, Dodgers radio, AM570, won’t carry a radio broadcast, which leaves plenty of fans in the Los Angeles area who will need to resort to tracking the game online.
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