There are plenty of reasons to enjoy baseball’s spring training – new beginnings, fresh cut grass, a Tim Lincecum haircut.
But there also days like Tuesday’s, when the Dodgers not only go rather meekly to the San Diego Padres, 7-3, but the team stars struggle.
For the Dodgers’ homegrown superstars, Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp, it was a game to forget, which is highly advisable.
Kershaw went three-plus innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. In three spring starts, he now has a 9.00 ERA.
Kemp started in the field for the first time after two DH appearances. He went 0-for-3 and his now hitless in his first eight at-bats with three strikeouts.
And this is the point where we mention it is March 5, the season opener still almost a month away.
It should also be noted Kershaw has struck out 12 and walked one in his eight innings, though no doubt he’s less than thrilled with his fat ERA. And two of Kemp’s outs have been well hit balls to the warning track.