Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in 85 days. Commence countdown.
For those who have made a Glendale pilgrimage their rite of spring, mark down the following dates, announced today: Pitchers and catchers report on February 12. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 16. The first game is February 23 against the Chicago White Sox, who share the Camelback Ranch facility with the Dodgers.
There will be at least one home game during each of the five Cactus League weekends. The complete schedule:
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting despite a litany of league-leading stats: ERA (2.53), WHIP (1.023), hits allowed per nine innings (6.72), pitching WAR (6.2, according to Baseball-Reference.com), starts (33, a 12-way tie). He also finished second in strikeouts and innings pitched to the winner, R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets.
Today’s poll question: Is this the biggest robbery job ever against a Los Angeles Dodgers player in postseason awards voting? (Full disclosure: I’m a BBWAA member but did not vote for this award.)
Consider the following contenders, in reverse chronological order:
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey denied Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw’s quest for a second straight Cy Young Award on Wednesday, winning the award given to the league’s best pitcher for the first time at age 37.
The veteran knuckleballer went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA for a moribund Mets club, equaling his win total from the last three seasons combined.
Kershaw led the National League in ERA (2.53) and fell one short of Dickey for the strikeout title, with 229 in 227 2/3 innings. Dickey also led the league in starts (33), complete games (5) and shutouts (3).
Kershaw led the NL in wins (21-5), strikeouts (248) and ERA (2.28) while winning the award last year.