Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/4/12

Andre Ethier's .392 average this spring may be the result of anger. He is reportedly upset the Dodgers haven't talked about a deal beyond 2012.

2012 Opening Day Roster:

Catchers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor

Infielders – James Loney, Mark Ellis, Dee Gordon, Juan Uribe, Jerry Hairston Jr., Adam Kennedy, Justin Sellers

Outfielders – Juan Rivera, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Tony Gwynn Jr.

Starting Pitchers – Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang

Relief Pitchers – Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen, Matt Guerrier, Todd Coffey, Mike MacDougal, Scott Elbert, Jamey Wright, Josh Lindblom

First game: Thursday, April 5th versus the Padres in San Diego 4PM PST.

Other opening day notes:

Does this guy have stock in Mayflower?  

Right handed pitcher Jamey Wright, 37, made the roster thanks to long-reliever Blake Hawksworth going on the 60 day DL and fifth starter Ted Lilly having to miss at least his first start because of a stiff neck.   The Dodgers are the 10th team Wright has pitched for in a 17 year career.   Although he has been in the bullpen the last few years, if the schedule or an injury calls for it, Wright might actually draw a start or two. He was a starter from 1996 through 2006 and started three games this spring.

Andre’s hunt for the gold

Andre Ethier won’t be in London for the summer Olympics but he may find gold in 2013.   Ethier batted .392 with 3 home runs this spring and becomes a free agent after this season.  GM Ned Colletti didn’t talk about a multi-year deal due,  in part,  to doubts about Ethier’s  recovery from knee surgery last September. If Ethier carries his anger and recent hitting tear into the fall,  Colletti may have to act before the leaves change color or Andre and his knee will be in new colors next year.

Sands won’t be on the beaches

Outfield prospect Jerry Sands batted .342 last September and the hope was he could become an everyday left fielder for a team badly in need of one. But he hit only .158 this spring. Once again, left field is a crap shoot with Juan Rivera and Tony Gwynn Jr. splitting the time there.

Infielder Justin Sellers, 25,  took the spot that Sands couldn’t hold onto by batting .317 this spring. Sellers will have to get a lot of tickets ready-he was born in Bellflower, CA, just 30 minutes south of Dodger Stadium and played his college ball at Cal State Fullerton, just three miles from Angels Stadium.

Did Jillian Michaels get a hold of this guy?

Shortstop Dee Gordon is listed as 5’11″, and 150 pounds. And you know those numbers are inflated. But once he gets on base, we may be watching him more than the next batter.  This spring, Gordon stole 11 bases in 15 attempts  and batted .379.

“I’ll take ‘Overpaid Mediocre Old Guys’  for $200, Alex”

The Jeopardy answer is “He will be the highest paid Dodger pitcher and second highest paid Dodger in 2012?”

Question: “Who is Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw?”

“Sorry, wrong guess, Hans.”

Question: “Who is Triple Crown threat Matt Kemp?”

“Wrong again.”

“Sorry panel ,the correct Jeopardy question is ‘Who is pitcher Ted Lilly?’ ”

Lilly will collect a cool $10.5 million in 2012 as part of the three year, $33 million deal he signed in 2011.  Outfielder Andre Ethier will be paid $10.95 million, Kemp $10 million, and Kershaw will have to scrape by on a measly $7.5 million.

I hope Peter King doesn’t pick the Dodgers

Two writers from the Sports Illustrated website have picked the Dodgers to be a wild card entry this fall. And Tony Ringolsby from FOX boldly predicts  the Dodgers will win the NL West.  As happy as he’s made Dodgers fans, he didn’t win over any Angels fans. Ringolsby says Texas is once again the team to beat in the AL West.

The Dodgers season might rest on the ankle of Giants catcher Buster Posey. If he recovers, the Giants and Diamondbacks, whom the Dodgers were a combined 17-19 against last year, still look to be the teams to beat.  Otherwise, if a second Dodgers starter can step up and Ethier reverts back to 2009 (31 HR, 106 RBI), the Dodgers could sneak their way into the MLB’s version of a “play in” game.

By the way, the reference to Sports Illustrated’s King is that he picked an Atlanta – San Diego Super Bowl this year.

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