The least important thing the Dodgers did today was lose a baseball game.
They did play, and they did lose, so we’re obligated to report that the score was 2-1 in favor of the Chicago White Sox. Chris Heisey hit a home run. In fact, Heisey has a hit in three of his last four games — homer, double, single. That would seem more impressive if his streak was not preceded by an 0-for-14 stretch. Heisey is batting .111 in Cactus League play; he talked about his slow start here.
Today’s highlight came in the second inning when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Check it out:
According to an ESPN survey, MLB players consider Yasiel Puig the second-most overrated player in the game. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
ESPN surveyed 117 active players to get their anonymous opinions about the best and worst players and teams in baseball. The results can be found here.
• Who will win the World Series?
Nationals 30 percent
Mariners 17 percent
Angels 10 percent
• Who is the best overall player in MLB?
Mike Trout 61 percent
Miguel Cabrera 10 percent
Clayton Kershaw 8 percent
• Who is the most overrated player in MLB?
Bryce Harper 41 percent
Yasiel Puig 15 percent
• Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?
“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.” – American League pitcher
Joe Wieland has appeared in four Cactus League games for the Dodgers and has allowed only two runs (one earned) in nine innings. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers get to play the Chicago White Sox a lot in March because they share the same training facility. Then, the teams never play each other again the rest of the year. It’s a strange rite of spring.
So, try to enjoy this last White Sox-Dodgers tilt. Joe Wieland starts for the Dodgers; it could be an important one as the Dodgers determine who will replace Hyun-Jin Ryu when his turn comes up in the rotation in April.
Here are the lineups for both teams: