Spring Training Preview: Joe Wieland Takes Mound Vs White Sox

Joe Wieland

Today, the Dodgers play their final game in Glendale against their neighbors, the White Sox. Don Mattingly gives the ball to Joe Wieland in the Camelback finale. Wieland, acquired in the Matt Kemp deal, has had a strong spring, allowing just one earned run in nine innings. With the amount of pitching depth the team has acquired over the offseason, he was optioned to minor league camp on the 16th, but a strong performance today could convince management that he should replace the injured Hyun-jin Ryu to start the season.

Following Wieland today will be Juan Nicasio, David Aardsma, Sergio Santos and Yimi Garcia. Nicasio has the best chance to make the club out of the group, though his performance hasn’t been overly impressive this spring. Aardsma, the senior of the group, has pitched well in eight innings, allowing just a pair of runs and striking out nine. Santos has the most closing experience and was roughed up in his last outing, so today’s appearance will weigh heavily on his chances. Garcia is the youngest and has options, but has been nearly untouchable this spring, with just a solo home run as the lone blemish on his stat line.

The lineup is largely what fans should expect to see opening day, save Andre Ethier in center field for Joc Pederson. Yasiel Puig is batting second again, with Howie Kendrick hitting cleanup and Yasmani Grandal batting fifth. Kendrick isn’t your typical cleanup hitter, but makes plenty of contact and has gap power. Grandal might establish himself as more of a run producer over the course of the season, but he’ll need to make more contact than he did last year.

Dodgers Lineup:

SS Jimmy Rollins

RF Yasiel Puig

1B Adrian Gonzalez

2B Howie Kendrick

C Yasmani Grandal

LF Carl Crawford

3B Juan Uribe

CF Andre Ethier

P Joe Wieland

White Sox Lineup:

CF J.B. Shuck

LF Melky Cabrera

1B Jose Abreu

DH Keon Barnam

SS Alexei Ramirez

RF Avisail Garcia

3B Conor Gillaspie

C Geovany Soto

2B Carlos Sanchez

P Rodon

Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Brandon McCarthy

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