Our team is venturing back to the desert to play Arizona. While rattlers of the serpent kind won’t strike unless they feel threatened, it still is a good idea to dodge them. Rattlers of the NL West kind will come after you whenever you enter their territory. This generation of Diamondbacks is not as deadly as past generations, but still can cause some pain. Hopefully the Dodgers bats will pound them back into the crevices from which they emerged.
Adrian Gonzalez had an opening series for the ages, setting a major league record for his five home runs in the first three games of a season. At that rate, he will hit 270 this season. He also did something very rare by getting at least three hits in the first three games. Who cares about oddball statistics like these? The only important one was that we won the series.
Next on the mound is Brett Anderson, who is said to have excellent stuff. If he can throw 180 innings or more this year, he may be one of baseball’s best bargains. In his last start, 15 of the 20 batters hit ground balls. The new and improved Dodger infield and Brett should be a perfect match.