Well, Dodger fans. Two games in the books, and game number three is currently in the top of the third. And you've got to love what you've seen so far, no?
In the opener on Thursday, Clayton Kershaw only went three innings because of a gnarly flu bug. All reports indicate he'll be ready to make his next start tho. Fear not! He still looked fine in the time he was out there, and even hit a double to get the Dodgers' first hit of 2012.
The Dodgers took game one 5-3. Matt Kemp hit his first home run in a quest to reach 50/50, but he did get caught stealing. Juan Rivera looked good, living up to MY personal expectations. If you missed it, I've called a HUGE season from Rivera. Keep an eye on him, you won't regret it.
In game two, how about Chad Billingsley? I know it was against a weak Padres lineup, but whether you're facing the Yankees or Padres, being ON is being ON. And Bills was certainly on. He struck out 11 batters in 8 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and no runs.
If Billingsley becomes a reliable number two starter, the Dodgers are much closer to being contenders than most thought. You've got to love a huge game from Andre Ethier, hitting a triple and double and driving in four runs, all against a lefty, which he notoriously struggles against.
And even though Dee Gordon was incorrectly called out on his steal attempt yesterday, he was wreaking havoc on the basepaths and making awesome plays with his glove. Speaking of steals, Kemp got his first of the season in yesterday's game, bringing him to 1/1 through two games. He's on pace for 81/81!
Today, so far, Gordon has a stolen base and another nice play at short, Kemp got a sac fly and RBI in the first, and Chris Capuano looks very good through the first two innings! Let's keep an eye on this game and see if the Dodgers can push their early-season record to 3-0!