Bedard allowed one run over two innings in his first taste of spring action on Wednesday. The veteran said he knows that if the Dodgers five starters are healthy, he'll be sent to the minors. "I know where I stand," Bedard said. "The game is still fun. I like to play baseball."
Bedard posted a 4.76 ERA over 75 2/3 innings last season.Analysis:
"I was a little nervous going in, but that was expected," Shipley said. "I think it was more excitement for me. That was really fun."
Manager Chip Hale said he expects Shipley to make starts in his next few appearances this spring.Analysis:
Anderson was only able to pitch 43 1/3 innings in 2014 with a 1-3 record and 2.91 ERA after suffering the back injury that cut his season short.Analysis:
Gray burned a 97 mph fastball past the power hitter and felt great afterward.
"I was saving that one for him," Gray said. "I knew I was going to need it. I was thinking 'grip and rip' on this one."
Gray also got back to what he knew best in his outing.
"I kind of went to the basics and focused on the target," Gray said. "At first, I was seeing the batter, the catcher, the plate, everything. But after that, I focused on the glove, got my deep breath in and threw."Analysis:
Anderson came into camp competing for a spot in the team's rotation, though manager Chip Hale recently said Anderson is probably set in his spot. If he has to prove himself, he got off on the right foot on Wednesday. Anderson tossed two scoreless frames, giving up two hits and a walk. He struck out two during the outing.
Anderson, 27, posted a 4.01 ERA over 114 1/3 innings last year.Analysis:
De La Rosa allowed one hit over two scoreless innings. He struck out two during the outing. The 26-year-old was acquired by the club during the offseason, and is expected to compete for a role in the team's rotation this spring.
De La Rosa posted a 4.43 ERA over 101 2/3 innings last season.Analysis:
Chavez is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, and made his case during his first appearance. Chavez allowed two hits and one walk over two innings of work. He struck out one during the outing.
Chavez said he was nervous for the start, but embraces the competition. "I like the competition," he said. "Every year there's a competition, especially for me in my situation. So I embrace it, I like it, and I think it's challenging for all of us here and will bring out the best in us."
The 31-year-old posted a 3.45 ERA over 146 innings last year.Analysis:
"He probably threw more pitches than he wanted to in the first inning," Hurdle said. "But he didn't back off and kept the damage to a minimum. He had some good angle to his breaking balls and used his two-seamer well. A good step forward."
Cole, who surrendered one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in two innings Wednesday, said he wasn't worried about the outcome but wanted to get on the same page with new catcher Francisco Cervelli.
"I told (Cervelli) I wasn't going to shake him off," Cole said. "I was just going to see how he wanted to do my stuff so he could get a feel for how he wants to call the game. I think it'll be that way for probably awhile. He'll get some information. I'll get some information, and then we'll probably sit down (to talk)."Analysis:
"I wanted to throw everything," Lyles said. "I usually start out slow throwing just fastball-changeup. But I really wanted to work in everything, especially the changeup. I probably threw six or seven of those. That was the gameplan going in. That was my second most-used pitch today."
Lyles allowed no hits with two strikeouts and a walk in his appearance against the Diamondbacks.Analysis:
Walker gave up just one hit during his two innings of work. He struck out two during the start. Walker is considered a strong favorite to open the season in the rotation, but is technically competing with Roenis Elias for the fifth spot.
Walker said he was pretty amped for the start, but calmed down after the Mariners put an early run on the board. "The first inning I was up just because I was amped up for the first game and facing their best hitters and potential starting lineup," Walker said. But for the most part, I calmed down, especially after D.J. hit that home run. I was, 'Whew, OK, we got a run. Let's get 'em now.'"
Walker, 22, posted a 2.61 ERA over 38 innings last season.Analysis: